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The Wayfarer's Path, Other Side of Lake Como
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The Wayfarer's Path, Other Side of Lake Como

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The Wayfarer's Path, Other Side of Lake Como

The Wayfarer's Path, Other Side of Lake Como - 6 days

The Wayfarer's Path, Other Side of Lake Como - 6 days

The Eastern branch of Lake Como: a lesser known side of the most famous Italian lake is currently in the midst of a new and well-deserved renaissance, the catalyst of which has been the development and promotion of our new trip  “Sentiero del Viandante” - the Wayfarer’s path.

We begin in Lecco, well-known by Italians for being the setting of one of the best known epic of Italian literature, Alessandro Manzoni’s “The Betrothed”. Effortlessly charming, Lecco boasts beautiful lakeside piazzas and a breezy waterfront, perfect for strolling and having part of your ice cream stolen by curious ducks and swans – a pleasure Como has somehow lost.  

Then the trip continues northwards along the coast, to beautiful Varenna, a pastel-colored village adorned with flowery terraces, lush gardens and a charming, vine-covered walkway fittingly called “the lovers’ walk”- and what’s more romantic than walking  along the lake, surrounded by picture-perfect mountains?  

On our way the mysterious Castle of Vezio, dominating the lake, offers one of the most beautiful views of the region: the two branches of the lake conjoining in a glistening expanse of fresh water – sweet water in Italian, akuaduulza in the local “laghee” dialect, – with Bellagio sitting at the crux of the inverted Y that forms Lake Como. 

We then head back South to Colico, and home to a perfectly preserved lakeside WWI fort, once protection against a possible armed attack originating from Germany or Austria-Hungary via Switzerland and today a valuable memento open to public. 

Six days to grasp the beauty and potential of an often over-looked northern lakeside heaven, the perfect complement to a brand new trip to northern Italy and a surprising, more genuine take on a well-known destination – the pristine and spontaneous side to Italy’s most lavish lake.  

Day 1: Arrive in Lecco
Day 2: Train to Abbadia Lariana and walk to Lierna, 11 or 19 km
Day 3: Train to Lierna and walk to Varenna, 9,5 km
Day 4: From Varenna to Dervio, 10 km
Day 5: From Dervio to Colico, 13 km
Day 6: Arrivederci Colico!

Day 1:    Arrive in Lecco

On arrival at the lakeside town of Lecco on the shores of Lake Como, make your way to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the town and take in the views of the rugged mountains across the lake. If you are lucky you might have the chance to see the swans on the lakefront. During the following days, take time to explore the small towns, viewpoints, forests and castles.

Day 2:    Train to Abbadia Lariana and walk to Lierna, 11 or 19 km

In the morning a short train ride will take you to the start of the walk in Abbadia Lariana. Abbadia Lariana is a fabulous place to stop for refreshing swim before starting your walk towards Lierna. Today you walk mostly on a well-maintained mule track and footpath on the right side of the Lake up and down the shore. It is worth a visit to the Church of San Giorgio in Mandello, a precious jewel of Romanesque art with frescoes from the late fifteenth century. Remember to have your camera loaded as there are many panoramic viewpoints over the Lake. It is possible to walk the whole section from Lecco adding approx. 8km to the walk, this first section runs mostly on beaten trails in the wood just above the lake. The walk is not very panoramic but it is easy and mostly flat. At the end of the walk take the train back to Lecco.

Distance: 11 or 19 km km

Elevation gain: +748/-700 m

Day 3:    Train to Lierna and walk to Varenna, 9,5 km

Today’s walk is the most demanding in terms of difference in height. The itinerary starts climbing on mule-track which later becomes path mostly in the wood. Be very careful when the terrain is wet and slippery. Along the route we suggest you to stop for a pic-nic lunch by a breath-taking viewpoint overlooking Bellagio and Lake Como. Just before descending to Varenna, make a short detour to visit the castle in Vezio village. It’s worth it! You can enjoy a 180-degree view of the lake and the surrounding mountains. The Vezio Castle has stood for more than a thousand years. It is an ancient military outpost of early medieval origin built by the Lombard Queen Theodelinda to defend and control the lake and surrounding villages. Today’s destination is Varenna, a jewel full of history and unique character.

Distance: 9,5 km

Elevation gain: +850/-866 m

Day 4:    From Varenna to Dervio, 10 km

Start the day with an easy lake side warming-up walk. After breakfast say goodbye to Varenna following the East side of the lake take the “Sentiero del Viandante” (the Wayfarer’s path) and experience a rich and ancient cultural landscape with traditional architecture and outstanding views of Lake Como and its surrounding mountains. Halfway through the walk we suggest you a visit to the “Orrido di Bellano”. This is a natural gorge created by the Pioverna river that has cut out gigantic potholes and fascinating caverns over the centuries. Its dark ravines and the hollow rumble of gushing water have inspired many authors and made this one of the most popular tourist attractions on lake Como. The Cà del Diavol (Devil's House) evokes fear and the idea of satanic rituals, capturing all the mysterious charm of this place. The itinerary then follows a well beaten mule track to today’s final destination, Dervio.

Distance: 10 km

Elevation gain: +575/-560 m

Day 5:    From Dervio to Colico, 13 km

The last section of the walk is the most beautiful in terms of panoramic views. You will have many chances to stop for pic-nic enjoying the atmosphere. From Dervio the path climbs up the mountain on a steep cobblestone stair and then descend gradually towards Colico. Almost halfway through the walk you will be able to see the snowy peak of the Alps appearing in front of you. In Colico you have the chance to go for a refreshing swim at the beach in the middle of the town. If you arrive early we suggest you to visit the The abbey of Piona, or more precisely, the Priory of Piona, a typical building of Comacina art in exposed squared stone, which can also be reached from the lake by boat, is a rare jewel of Lombard Romanesque architecture. Located on the Olgiasca peninsula, in front of Gravedona on the extreme tip of the Lecco branch, it offers a splendid panoramic view of the western coast of the Lario, as well as the opportunity to savor the tranquility and peace enjoyed by the Cistercian monks who still live there today.

Distance: 13 km

Elevation gain: +658/-674 m

Day 6:    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

Hotel Alberi - Lecco

Hotel del Sole - Varenna

B&B La Casa del Poeta - Dervio

Hotel Risi - Colico
practical info

You can find more information in the "accommodation" section: we always select your accommodation for their character and comfort. You will always be booked in a private, en-suite room, with breakfast included. 

Luggage transfer (max. 20 kg)  from one hotel to the hotel is included in the price. 

Thanks to our special APP, you will be able to follow the track of the whole trip on your mobile phone, with no need for internet. GPS tracks are available on request.


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
  • Pilgrim Passport
  • 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.
Is this trip for me?

A great trip for beginners as well as experienced hikers, 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. 

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