The unique and different experience you’ve been dreaming of on Lake Como, actually above Lake Como! The ideal starting point for this ride is Argegno, where you can take the cable car up to Pigra to begin cycling. From Pigra begins an old military road that climbs slowly uphill all the way to Rifugio Venini, a mountain lodge at the end of the road where you can sit down and eat a traditional dish essentially on top of the mountain, surrounded by an alpine panoramic view. The scenery along the climb is unbeatable, starting out in the forest and then opening up to views of the lake below and the Swiss Alps to the North. On the way back from the lodge be sure to stop by one of the “malghe” or small cheese production huts by the true locals, it will be like a step back in time! Pay attention to the traffic on this route…the cow and goat traffic that is! You can also start the ride from Menaggio, Cadenabbia, or Tremezzo and cycle ~10km along the lakeside road to the cable car station.