Published on: 16 March 2013 | Last updated: 29 March 2017
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|Menaggio - Dongo||14 kms|
|Dongo - Domaso||6 kms|
|Domaso - end||6 kms|
This section is a short easy cruise with nice views and very little climbing. The route takes advantage of the recently-opened cycleways that have been built by the local comuni (councils) enabling cyclists to avoid the tunnels which would otherwise make this road, at best, very tedious. The cycleways make use of the stretches of the old road that were taken out of service when the tunnels were built. The route also uses the old strada statale which has been bypassed by the newer road.
Starting from Bellagio the section begins with a boat ride to Menaggio. There’s also a ferry service which runs to Cadenabbia a little further south of Menaggio.
From Bellagio you could take the coast road via Onno. The road is very scenic but sadly, at the end there are two tunnels with a total length of 3.7 kms. It looks, from Google Street View that it might be possible to avoid one of the tunnels but not the other. Your best option might be to take the boat service to Lecco - either from Bellagio or Onno on the coast road.
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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’s a hostel in Menaggio (Ostello La Primula).
There are loads of campsites on the coast road at Dongo and Domaso but my recommendation would be to continue a bit further to Sorico and the Camping La Riva.