Lake Como Easy coastal hike acquafraggia waterfalls
Lake Como Easy coastal hike acquafraggia waterfalls

Lake Como: easy coastal hike

30 km
6 days | 5 nights
Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
price from
€ 674
CO2 footprint
77 Kg/person
  1. Italy
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  3. Solo Holidays
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  5. Tourcode ITSW500E

Romantic fishing villages, majestic mountains reflecting in the clear surface of the lake, magnificent villas surrounded by lush tropical gardens, and delightful mountain villages—all connected by scenic routes that stretch along the coast and then through the mountains, each stop easily reachable by train.

The Lecco shore of Lake Como is less known than its Como counterpart, but it is now the protagonist of a well-deserved rediscovery—thanks also to the development and promotion of the Sentiero del Viandante and the Via dello Spluga.

With its beautiful squares overlooking the lake, the charming Lecco enjoys a privileged position and a lakeside promenade perfect for a stroll accompanied by an ice cream (but beware of swans and ducks, as they are fond of it)—a simple pleasure that visitors to Como find it hard to enjoy with such tranquility.

The journey then continues to Varenna, a village with pastel tones adorned with flowered balconies, lush tropical gardens, and a romantic lakeside promenade known as the "Via dell’Amore" (Path of Love)—and romantic it is, even just for the pergola that adorns it in the right season; you can also visit Villa Monastero, a triumph of eclecticism surrounded by a beautiful botanical garden: the impressive variety of hosted flora includes various exotic species that, though far from their place of origin, have found in the mild lake climate the perfect condition to thrive.

We head to the mysterious Castle of Vezio: the castle dominates the lake, offering one of the most beautiful panoramas of the region, with the two branches of Lake Como merging into a sparkling expanse of freshwater—in the local dialect, known as "akuaduulza"—corresponding to Bellagio. The journey concludes in Colico, the last village overlooking the Lecco shore of the lake, at the foot of Monte Legnone (the highest mountain on Lake Como, with its 2609 meters).


  • Discover the hidden gem of Lake Como's less-explored shore.
  • Take in the breathtaking panoramic view of the lake's two branches from the summit of Vezio Castle.
  • Stroll along the "Via dell'Amore" in Varenna, a suspended footpath offering stunning views over the lake.
  • Behold the dramatic Orrido di Bellano, a canyon nestled in the heart of the town.


Day 1

Arrive in Lecco

Arrive in Lecco

Upon reaching the lakeside town of Lecco, nestled on the shores of Lake Como, check in at the hotel. For the remainder of the day, you are free to wander through the town and enjoy the vistas of the rugged mountains on the opposite side of the lake. If you are lucky, there might be an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the graceful swans along the lakefront. In the following days, you will have time to discover the charming small towns, scenic viewpoints, enchanting forests, and historic castles in the vicinity.

Day 2

Train to Abbadia Lariana and walk to Lierna, train to Varenna, 11 km

Train to Abbadia Lariana and walk to Lierna, train to Varenna, 11 km

In the morning, a short train journey will transport you to the starting point of your hike in Abbadia Lariana. This town offers an excellent opportunity for a refreshing swim before embarking on your walk towards Lierna. Today's route predominantly follows a well-maintained mule track and footpath along the right side of the lake, with undulating terrain. A noteworthy stop is the Church of San Giorgio in Mandello, a precious example of Romanesque art adorned with frescoes dating back to the late fifteenth century. Keep your camera ready, as numerous panoramic viewpoints overlooking the lake await. If you're up for it, you have the option to extend the walk from Lecco, adding approximately 8km. This initial section mostly traverses beaten trails in the woods just above the lake. While not extremely panoramic, this segment is easy and largely flat. Conclude the walk by taking the train to Varenna.

Distance: 11 km

Elevation gain: +400/-400 m

Day 3

Ferry to Bellagio and town walk, 2 km

Ferry to Bellagio and town walk, 2 km

Today, you can take the ferry to reach Bellagio and walk the famous town centre. Some of its most notable attractions include the elegant Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni gardens, the romanesque Basilica di San Giacomo, the endless viewpoint along its Lungolago.

Day 4

Walk from Varenna to Bellano or Dervio, train to Colico, 5/10 km

Walk from Varenna to Bellano or Dervio, train to Colico, 5/10 km

After breakfast, bid farewell to Varenna, and as you trace the eastern side of the lake, embark on the "Sentiero del Viandante" (the Wayfarer’s path). Immerse yourself in a landscape rich with ancient cultural elements, featuring traditional architecture and breathtaking views of Lake Como and its encompassing mountains.

As you progress through the walk, we recommend a detour to explore the "Orrido di Bellano" about halfway through. This natural gorge, sculpted by the Pioverna river over centuries, showcases colossal holes and captivating caverns. The dark ravines and the resonant rush of water have inspired numerous authors, making it one of Lake Como's foremost tourist attractions. The enigmatic "Cà del Diavol" (Devil's House) adds an element of fear and the notion of satanic rituals, enhancing the mysterious allure of this location.

The journey then continues along a well-trodden mule track leading to Dervio. From there, a train ride takes you to Colico.

Distance: 5/10 km

Elevation gain: +280/-570 m


Day 5

Train from Colico to Chiavenna, walk to Acquafraggia waterfall, 10 km

Train from Colico to Chiavenna, walk to Acquafraggia waterfall, 10 km

Today, after a short train ride to Chiavenna, you will walk to the impressive Acquafraggia waterfalls.

The Acquafraggia waterfalls, situated in Piuro, provide an indescribable sense of awe. These falls captivated Leonardo da Vinci during his visit to Valtellina and are visible from the roadside. Regarded as the area's most significant natural monument, they stand as an unequivocal symbol of Valchiavenna. Beyond the waterfalls, Piuro boasts archaeological treasures, earning it the moniker 'the Pompei of the Alps' due to a catastrophic landslide in 1618 that devastated the village.

Distance: 10 km

Elevation gain: +100/-100 m

Day 6

Arrivederci Colico

Arrivederci Colico

The trip and our services end after breakfast and you bid farewell to the beautiful lakes as you depart for the airport with public transport, unless you have pre-booked a private transfer with us


Is this for me?

This version of the Wayfarer's Path reduces the length of some of the stages by taking public transportation (trains). This trip allows you to discover the lesser known, East side of Como Lake. As you walk, you'll enjoy continuous, great views on the lake and Mountains surrounding the lake. Vertigo-sufferers may find some sections a bit challenging. The stages are all connected through a railway line, so it's easy to skip one of you'd like to enjoy a rest day. 


What is included

  • 5 Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
  • luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • maps and detailed description of the itinerary in digital form, app
  • Medical and luggage travel insurance
  • 24h phone assistance

What is not included 

  • Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
  • lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated
  • visits and entrance fees - tips
  • personal expense
  • possible sojourn taxes
  • everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.

Optional Services

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

  • Single room supplement
  • cancellation insurance
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.
  • official camino guidebook, shipped to the first hotel
  • travel documentation in printed form (maps and detailed description of the itinerary), shipped to the first hotel


We work with 3* hotels, B&Bs and farmhouses that reflect our way of experiencing travel: they are comfortable and characterful structures, which we choose one by one, managed by passionate and welcoming people.

Unless otherwise specified in the travel listing, all provide private en-suite rooms with breakfast included.

Below you see some examples of the facilities used for this trip, but keep in mind that they may vary based on availability in the period. We could therefore book for you structures different from those you see listed here, but of the same category and carefully chosen according to SloWays criteria.

Hotel Alberi - Lecco
Hotel del Sole - Varenna
Hotel Risi - Colico

When to travel

The Italian and Swiss Lakes district experience warm summers with afternoon thunderstorms common. July is the warmest month with an average temperature of around 20°C, with the maximum reaching the low 30°C. Snow can still be found on the high peaks until the beginning of summer. It is recommended to inquire about the weather expectations before you set out for the day, especially in mountainous surroundings. Ask your hosts every morning before starting the walk.

What to bring

Clothing and other items
You will need your regular walking/cycling gear, including some sort of reflective garment. For the evenings, smart outdoor style trousers (or shorts) are invaluable, as are quick-dry t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town.

Take as little as possible to avoid potentially lugging a heavy suitcase up three flights of stairs at the end of the day. Please be aware that laundromats (“Laverie”) are not common in rural areas, so plan to do handwashing of small items.

Lightweight walking shoes/ trainers
For wearing around towns & villages. They can also be a back-up pair.

Socks & underwear
Take only good quality socks with quick-dry and insulating qualities. Road test them before you go on the trip. Take a suitable quantity of underwear as washing facilities are limited.

Warm jacket, hat, gloves
Bring a fleece, Polartec or warm layers for the evenings especially in spring or autumn; be sure it is totally suitable for your needs.
A fleece jacket which blocks the wind (Wind-stopper) is the most preferable. In the summer months a lightweight jacket is suitable for evenings.
If you are cycling/walking in mountainous or coastal areas, even in the height of summer, the weather can change very quickly and unexpectedly and you should be prepared for fog, mist, rain, snow or hail at any time. Always take an extra layer with you, as well as a warm hat and gloves.

Waterproof jacket & trousers
If you are caught in heavy rain, with good waterproof clothing you should remain dry. Remember that most garments will lose their properties over time. Few will remain waterproof for more than five years and many deteriorate in three years or less. We recommend a rain jacket with a good hood and collar and waterproof or thermal walking/cycling trousers or tights.

Dress code
In general, you should wear suitable clothing when entering a church (in many places, it is considered unacceptable to go inside wearing shorts or a tank-top). We suggest that women carry a shawl to cover up bear shoulders or low-cut tops. It also comes in handy when your shoulders get sunburned!

It is considered inappropriate for men to go without a shirt / T-shirt (other than at the beach).

Trekking poles (adjustable)
Highly recommended. A pair works best, depending on what you are comfortable with. If you suffer from back or knee pain this should be considered essential. Remember to practise walking with your pole(s) on different types of terrain in the months preceding your trip.

Walking boots
The importance of good footwear cannot be stressed enough. Your boots should be sturdy and of good enough quality to handle all types of terrain. Lightweight boots, (cordura/leather boots) which have Gore-Tex or sympatex water-proofing are most suitable for this trip. They should provide good ankle protection and be well broken in. Waxing leather boots regularly prolongs their life.

Walking tops & trousers
We recommend walking trousers and shorts and quick-dry wicking t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town. Wicking T-shirts are fast drying, keep moisture away from your skin and are available at outdoor stores. You should also bring one pair of loose-fitting trousers to wear in cities and for evenings out, etc. Shorts or zip-off trousers are useful in warmer weather.

Practical info

How to arrive

On arrival, you can reach Lecco by train.

On departure, you can leave from Colico by train.

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