bike on lake como

Bike rentals

Bicicle rentals is available in several towns around the lake:

Lake Como can also be visited by bicycle, for those who wish to use the bicycle as an ecologic and alternative means of transport, discovering cultural, historical and environmental aspects of the area.  Scenic roads, and alternative routes to those followed by the main traffic and some real cycle paths offer the visitor an alternative way of visiting various parts of the lake. 

The Northern part of the lake offers  a large variety of  easy bike rides in the meadows away from the traffic jams, inside the nature reserve of Pian di Spagna, the valleys of Valtellina and Valchiavenna.   For more information

“Ciclovia dei Laghi” and “Sport and  relax in bici” are two cycle tourism projects that cover the area between Lake Como and Lake Maggiore (Provinces of Lecco, Como, Varese, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in Italy, and Canton Ticino in Switzerland).

On the Lake Como itself I recommend that you bike on the Eastern coast of the lake, from Abbadia Lariana through Varenna to Colico, as you can do it on the old road that runs on the edge of the lake, while all the auto and truck traffic now runs on the highway high on the mountain side (46.9 km). Warning: from Lecco to Abbadia Lariana – for 2,5 km – there is no bike route, the only way is to go on the “superstrada”, the highway that goes into tunnels with trucks running at 100km/hr. A separate cycle road has been in construction for years but is not yet complete.

The Western coastal road from Colico to Como through Menaggio and Cadenabbia is more dangerous, even if it’s not very busy, it has the car and truck traffic that is mixed with the biking (78.6 km).

There is a winding road from Como to Bellagio that has little car traffic and can be a good bike ride (32km).

There is a very winding road from Bellagio to Lecco that has very little car traffic (21.8 km)