Published on: 16 March 2013 | Last updated: 29 March 2017
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|Menaggio - Como||34 kms|
|Como - Bellagio||30 kms|
This section of the tour goes south along the lakeside Via Regina (Queen’s Way) to Como and then on to Bellagio. Where possible the route follows the old Via Regina Vecchia, through the villages that have now been bypassed by the new road. However, there are sections of the road that can get quite congested. When I was there the villagers from Argegno (where George Clooney has a home) were protesting about traffic on the road and demanding a ban on mezzi pesanti (heavy vehicles).
Heading towards Bellagio the road is narrow, but less busy. There’s also quite a lot of saliscendo (up and down) and cumulatively there’s quite a lot of climbing.
This section and the next are loops. You could do one but not the other - or indeed simply continue north from Menaggio - but that would be a pity.
This section of the route goes round the lake in an anti-clockwise direction. There’s one disadvantage of doing it this way in that you are on the side of the road away from the lake. If you prefer to do it clockwise, you could simply take the vaporetto to Bellagio at the beginning of the route, and then back from Menaggio at the end of the ride.
You could also stick with the Via Regina Nuova. This involves less climbing and the views of the lake are less interrupted.
You could stay the in Menaggio and do this section as a day ride - catching the ferry back from Bellagio at the end of the ride.
I’ve suggested a variant to my Lakes of Lombardia route which offers a connection to the Lago d’Iseo and the Lago di Garda. See this article.
Places to stay
Hotels and B&Bs
There are lots of hotels but around the lake they tend to be pricey; you may get better deals look in the areas away from the lake, and look at the less well-known places
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I use Booking.com to find and book places to stay when there are no campsites in the area. The large majority of hotels and many hostels are now on ‘Booking’. I like it because it means that I can get almost-instant confirmation. The rating system is also a reliable guide to the quality of the accommodation.
I’ve never had a problem finding places to keep my bike —even if it’s a cupboard or store room. I always use the ‘special requests’ field on the booking form to tell the hotel that I’m travelling with a bike, which gives them the opportunity to let me know if there’s a problem.
Many properties offer free cancellation but it’s a good idea to check the conditions as these vary from property to property.
There are three campsites on or near this section of the route including the Camping Clarke near Bellagio. There are lots more sites on the north-eastern limb of the lake around Domaso.