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Italy - Lakes of Lombardy

Italy - Lakes of Lombardy

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This northern Italian cycle runs from east to west mainly in the hillier areas south of the big Alpine lakes in the Lombard region. The first part, going along the Mincio River, coincides with the Cycling Route del Sole and with Eurovelo 7. in Como it crosses onto Eurovelo 5 "La Via dei Pellegrini".

The route takes you from the wonderful harbour fortress of Peschiera by Lake Garda, following fragments of an ancient Roman road, towards Lake Como.   An overnight stay in Como is included in the trip,  whose magnificent cathedral testifies to the ancient strength of this city,  with a myriad of pedestrian streets leading to the central Piazza Cavour overlooking the lake.   Our trip finishes up by Lake Maggiore with the Alps magestically in our horizon.

Being well connected with the main international tourist cycling routes, the beautiful scenery of the areas and the rich artistic sights make this an wonderful route. Cycling tourists will generally find little traffic on these roads with some sections where cars are not allowed. 

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

Day 1 Arrival Peschiera del Garda
After your arrival you can check in to your accommodation and enjoy the town or relax.

Day 2 Peschiera del Garda - Brescia 72 km
From the harbour-fortress of Peschiera on Lake Garda, we descend upon the Mincio River and arrive at Monzambano, a town with a looming castle. The peaceful rolling hills accompany us to the enchanting Castellaro Lagusello, surrounded by a medieval wall. The first castle in Pozzolengo was erected over a thousand years ago to defend against the Hungarian raids. Through the vineyards we come to the tower of San Martino with inscriptions of the victims from the Battle of 1859. In the church of San Zeno in Rivoltella we find ancient worn frescoes. After Desenzano, a short climb takes us to hilltops overlooking Lake Garda. Then following fragments of an ancient Roman road, we traverse the morainic hills from the abbey of Maguzzano. Facing the plain we come to the Romanesque Parish of Pontenove at the side of which there is a romantic 1700s bridge. Many monuments of Brescia were constructed in marble from the nearby hills which was used also in other places such as the Altar of the Homeland in Rome. Brescia also shows, to quick passers-by, traces of its Roman history (temple capitolino), Lombard (monastery of Santa Giulia) and Venetian (the Loggia)

Day 3 Brescia – Bergamo 71 km
Before the year 1000, the Hungarians also raided Franciacorta. Defense was made by constructing “rural” castles. Lake Iseo heralds the Torbiere (peat moss) of Sebino, a natural reserve which is watched over by the impressive monastery of San Pietro in Lamosa. The fish in the lake have a particular taste exalted by a long gastronomic tradition. The Oglio River passes by Sarnico where we enter the Bergamo region pedalling along a part of the river bank. The flat country of Bergamo brings to mind, with its towers and castles that rise above the emerging hills, the real splendour of the feudal ages. The agriculture remains as an important and profit-bearing activity, but approaching the city, the space that separates one town from another is inconsistent: the outer city is compact, strewn with industry, densely populated. From Bergamo lower, full of life, we see the towers and the bell towers that silhouette the upper city.

Day 4 Bergamo – Lago d’Iseo – Garlate 42 km
Leaving Bergamo we cross the Brembo River in Ponte San Pietro and go uphill very near Mount Cavo with villages resting on slopes of an ancient atmosphere. Pope Giovanni XXIII, whose house we can visit, was born in one of these, Sotto il Monte. We pass over some hilltops and descend towards the Adda River, which is an emissary of the eastern leg of Lake Como. This river course provides particularly beautiful landscape here and further south. For quite a long way we pedal along the Adda, the waters of which near the lake form caves that reflect the green of flourishing nature. Then we pass through Brianza, between the lakes of Annone, Pusiano and Alserio. This population, which is proverbially composed of workers, has really transformed the territory. The meadows, however, have retained an almost Alpine colour and freshness. Next to the church of Oggiono there is a beautiful Romanesque monastery constructed with squared stones.

Day 5 Garlate – Como 40 km
The shores of Lake Alserio have been well maintained. We ride along an unpaved road immersed in a wood. Then we travel through a large hilly area studded with noble residences. At last, we go down to Como. The splendour of Broletto and of the cathedral testify to the ancient strength of this city, made lively by the pedestrian streets, in the centre is the piazza Cavour facing the lake.

Day 6 Como – Sesto Calende (lago Maggiore) 60 km
You leave Como going up a hill that pays off with a view of the city. Immediately after, there begin the ups and downs between the various hills where each climb is compensated for by a downhill glide. The towns have preserved small treasures as the Romanesque Oratory of San Martino in Albiolo. At Varese you arrive after an uphill cycle. With a visit to the center and a recuperative break in the grandiose park of Palazzo Estense, you will forget the slight fatigue of this stage. From Varese it’s a quick descent to the lake, where in warm weather people swarm for relief. Further on, you come to Lake Monate and a little after that a panoramic view of Lake Maggiore. From Osmate, you go through a little valley, re-entering Park of Ticino which is well kept and green. In the distance, you can see the Alpine peaks. At Sesto Calende you cross an ancient iron bridge over the Ticino River just after leaving Lake Maggiore. The abbey is worth a visit.

Day 7 Sesto Calende
Tour ends after breakfast.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

€950 per person sharing (high season: 1 April - 7 July & 29 August - 14 October)
€1205 per person sharing (high season: 1 April - 7 July & 29 August - 14 October)

€930 per person sharing (low season: all other dates)
€1185 single occupancey (low season: all other dates)

Tour Includes

- 6 nights in 3* and 4* hotels
- All breakfast
- Luggage transfer ( one piece of luggage per person ) 
- Bike rental plus pannier bag
- Road book, maps, information  ( one book per room ) 
- Telephone service hotline

Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tours start every Saturday from 17 March to 13 October; other dates available for 4 pax or more

On this tour we use a mix of guesthouses and small hotels.
Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.

The information will be up soon!


Peschiera Hotel Bell Arrivo Peschiera Hotel Bell Arrivo1 Peschiera Hotel Bell Arrivo2

Day 1: Hotel Bell Arrivo***


Brescia Hotel Brescia Brescia Hotel Brescia1 Brescia Hotel Brescia2

Day 2: Hotel NH Brescia****


Bergamo Hotel Bergamo Bergamo Hotel Bergamo1

Day 3: Hotel NH Bergamo***


Garlate Hotel Nuovo Garlate Hotel Nuovo1

Day 4: Hotel Nuovo***


Como Hotel Tre Re Como Hotel Tre Re1 Como Hotel Tre Re2

Day 5: Hotel Tre Re***


Ranco Hotel Albergo Belvedore Ranco Hotel Albergo Belvedore1

Day 6: Hotel Belvedere

How to get to the start point: 

The closest airport is Verona; there is a shuttle bus from the airport to the train station of Verona Porta Nuova, from there there’s a direct train to Peschiera del Garda.
From Milano Airports (Linate and Malpensa) take the bus to Milano central station and then the train to Peschiera
From Bergamo Airport take the bus to Brescia train station and then the train to Peschiera
Peschiera del Garda is linked directly to the train stations of Milano (1 hour), Brescia (25minutes) and Verona (15 minutes)
From Austria/Innsbruck take Highway A22/E45, exit Affi/Lago di Garda sud, then follow direction
“Peschiera” on SR450 until Peschiera.
From Austria/Villach take Highway A23/E55 until the end, then A4/E70 direction Venezia/Padova/Verona/Milano and exit PESCHIERA
From Switzerland/Chiasso take Highway A9/E35 until Milano, then A4/E70 direction Verona and
The first hotel is located near the train station.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

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