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Greenway: a panoramic route on Lake Como

January, 15 2021 ( Updated January, 20 2021)

Italy
Lake Como
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With its undeniable charm, unique views and breathtaking panoramas, Lake Como always manages to amaze visitors.

 

From the historic Como city centre to the villages that line the lakeshore, every corner of the Lario, or Lake Como as it is commonly known, is like a picture painted by nature.

 

For those who love trekking, Como offers many excursions of varying difficulty.  However, they are often not too accessible to those who want to enjoy a relaxing and quiet walk in the middle of nature, especially if you have small children. 


The Como Greenway is the right compromise for those who want to walk in the open air without excessive fatigue. It is an ideal route for families who want to spend an alternative day, enjoying a wonderful view of the lake. It is also recommended for mountain bike lovers or for those who want to take their four-legged friends with them. In short, it is a walk suitable for everyone!




If you want to walk the entire Greenway, it takes about 3.5 hours, while those who want to do only part of it can choose from several starting points on Lake Como. On the way back, there is no need to be discouraged. You can take the bus or shuttle service or why not even the boat! There is nothing to worry about if tiredness starts setting in.

 

It is a 10-kilometer walk along the western shore of the lake where you can admire ancient villages, villas, churches and charming gardens. There are seven lakeside villagesalong the route, each with its own charm. During the walk, you will enter right into the heart of various historic villages and discover their true essence.

 

Starting from Colonno, you will reach Sala Comacina from where you can continue in the direction of Ossuccio. This route is properly signposted and you can already admire the churches, historic villages and have a priceless view, for example of Comacina Island at this point. 

 

From Ossuccio, which is known for its Sanctuary charming atmosphere and serene lake views, there is a pleasant walk that leads to Lenno, a town also famous for its beautiful Villa Balbianello which can be visited by taking a short diversion along the way. You then reach the village of Mezzegra which offers a unique view of the Bellagio promontory. Walking through the village, among the various points of interest, you will find the Casa dei Presepi, a sort of museum that houses a collection of cribs. Entrance to the museum is free. 

 

Once in the village of Tremezzo, the walk changes as it continues along the lakeside promenade, alongside the Strada Statale Regina. Here, you will encounter several ancient villages, and then arrive in the centre of Tremezzo, a delightful town that is home to Villa Carlottafamous for its Botanical Garden which is visited by tourists from all over the world. 

 

After this point of interest, you enter the town of Griante, passing through Cadenabbia and its landing stage from where you can take a boat to visit Bellagio or Varenna

The Greenway route takes you through villas, small villages and spectacular views that will leave both young and old speechless.

 

It is a route where nature, ancient villages and breathtaking views come together to create a memorable walk.


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