Madonna del Ghisallo day ride

Published on:  | Last updated: 9 February 2018

Lago di Como from the road to the Madonna di Ghisallo, near Bellagio (Lombardia)

Lago di Como from the road to the Madonna di Ghisallo, near Bellagio (Lombardia)

This route makes the 500-metre (altitude)climb from Bellagio on the Lago di Como to the chapel dedicated to Madonna del Ghisallo - patron saint of cycling. This is a famous climb that forms part of the Giro di Lombardia (average gradient is 9 per cent). The chapel is a place of pilgrimage for Italian cyclists. There are also great views from here over the lake.

Next door to the chapel is the cycling museum - admission is 6 euros - but as a reward for those who make the climb by bike, it’s five for cyclists. The museum is housed in a modern, spacious, well-lit building. The collection includes the bikes ridden by Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi e Eddie Merckx in their Tour de France victories, as well as a collection of pink, yellow and rainbow shirts and other memor­abilia - bone up on your history of Italian cycling to get the most out of it.

As well as the bikes used by the champions there’s a bike that was used by firemen and another by an arrotino (knife sharpener - an Italian insti­tution that’s now dying out) as well as a Swiss army bike. There are some wooden bikes and wheels with wooden rims made by a firm in the village itself.

From the chapel and museum the route heads back to the lake via the Valbrona and a scenic stretch of road along the lakeside.

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  •  Madonna del Ghisallo day-ride gps file
    (.zip file containing 1 gpx track files)
  • Italy Points of Interest

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