The most classic and renown route of the area, it takes you from Como to Bellagio riding along the mountain crest of the Larian Triangle. A transfer to Como will be necessary to begin, unless you’re already staying in the city. We suggest avoiding the first part of the climb out of Como as it’s entirely on asphalt, and instead taking the cable car up to start! Along this route, we suggest at least one pit stop at one of the many mountain lodges (‘rifugi’) to enjoy a nice hot meal and wonderful scenery. A guide is recommended for safety reasons and facilitated navigation. Level of difficulty: Epic
Did you know that it’s possible to ride all the way up to Monte San Primo at 1,682 meters a.s.l., the highest and most panoramic peak of the Larian Triangle? There are several trails to choose from above Bellagio, from classic routes to unofficial trails that are nestled deep into the forest. The ride to San Primo is almost entirely on trails, with a lot of technical singletrack and other rocky sections. There are lots of fun climbs that of about a medium level, with some steep sections that will put you to the test! An alternative to reaching the peak would be to climb until Rifugio Martina (1250m a.s.l.), where you still have a fantastic view over Lake Como and you can enjoy an authentic lunch at the restaurant! The descent back to Bellagio is slightly technical, with several single-track trails. A guide is recommended in order to pick the best route for you! If you are okay with going on your own, come visit us for a gpx file and Garmin device to avoid getting lost! Level of difficulty: Medium-Epic
Parco monte barrO & Brianza hills
The Negri brothers love taking their MTBs out for a spin around these parks…growing up here they know EVERY single trail there is to know in the area. In fact, these parks are like a MTB playground there’s so many trail possibilities! This area is not as widely known amongst the Lake Como tourists, as it’s on the southern margin of the Lake. The trail network here is waiting to be discovered by YOU! Single track, horse trails, dirt trails, gravel, and more! You’ll love the unique panoramic views that contribute to Lake Como’s diverse nature. These routes are best to ride on sunny days, because then you can really see how beautifully green the Brianza region is! It is necessary have MTB experience for these parks, and a guide is recommended given the infinite trails. Level of difficulty: Hard-Epic
Adda river bike path: Leonardo da vinci's ferry boat
Not everyone knows that Leonoardo da Vinci extensively visited and studied the Lake Como area, especially Lecco and the emissary Adda River of the Lake. The city of Lecco sits between the Lake and its many mountains praised by the famous poet of Lecco itself, Manzoni. Thus, a gorgeous bike path begins in Lecco, where the Adda River flows into the Lake. The path mostly follows the river and is constantly immersed in nature, allowing you to witness the still present works of art of Da Vinci along the way. There are several other works of art to see along the way that were built during the Industrial Revolution, like the industrial city Crespi d’Adda, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Level of difficulty: Easy-Hard, depending on how far you go. It is possible to return to Lecco by train if you ride all the way to Milan. We suggest to ride a minimum of 27km along the path, that are entirely flat. This is a great ride to do with one of our E-MTBS!
This ride’s descent is without a doubt the best there is on Lake Como. From the top of Monte Tremezzo (1680m a.s.l.) you descend right to the lakeside, all on trails along the old military roads and forts that were built in the early 1900s to defend the Italian-Swiss border against Northern invasions. Take the cable car up to Pigra from Argegno, to start on an asphalt road with no traffic until the peak! Before descending, take a break at Rifugio Venini for a snack. Difficulty: Epic *given the technical difficulty and potential downhill dangers of this ride we recommend it for very advanced riders.
If you're looking for a ride that has the best of 3 worlds (forest, lake, and mountains), this is the loop for you! The ride is half road (backcountry roads) and half trail. For most of the ride you have a constant view over the lake, as you pedal along an old muletrack and other trails immersed in the woods. There are some technical sections, so we suggest having some MTB experience, but nothing extreme. To do this ride with a normal MTB we recommend having a good fitness level, while with an E-MTB you'll have a great experience as it's a ride for everybody. Finish off the ride with a drink along Varenna's lakeside before heading back to Bellagio.