Lake Como family walking holiday, Italy
Description of Lake Como family walking holiday, Italy
This self guided Lake Como family walking holiday, Italy, takes you through some of the prettiest and most panoramic places around the lake. Starting in the lovely lakeside city of Como, this week-long tour leads you across the summits of the Triangolo Lariano, the triangle of land flanked by the lake on two sides and the River Po on one. The views from here are superb, with the Alps to the north, the Grigna mountain massif to the east and Monviso over by the French border to the west, with the lake sparkling beneath.
You’ll walk from one rifugi to another, through deep forests and meadows, along donkey tracks and over gentle summits. The rifugi are small local inns where you can tuck into tasty regional food. Walks are flexible, with a choice of routes each day, making this holiday ideal for children. The more gentle walks go around the peaks, and the more challenging walks go over them. You can also opt to walk over the area’s highest summit, the San Primo, which offers long views over the entire lake. Walks range in duration from two to three hours, up to five hours.
The setting off point for this holiday is high up, limiting the number of steep climbs to tackle and ensuring the walking is easy. As the week progresses, you’ll slowly walk your way down to Bellagio, nicknamed ‘the pearl of the lake’. Here, take a scenic boat ride back to Como to finish off your holiday – a lovely way to see the lakeside villages close up.
Accommodation is in friendly, locally owned B&Bs, a family hotel and a ‘locanda’ where they farm organically and make their own cheese. Four dinners are included and packed lunches are also included on the days when you’ll be walking from one lodging to the next. We can also arrange to have your luggage transferred. There is no minimum age and children of all ages have enjoyed this tour. Children under 12 pay 70 percent of the adult price, for every child accompanied by one adult. Children under two go free.
8 Reviews of Lake Como family walking holiday, Italy
Reviewed on 25 Oct 2021 by George Roffe-SilvesterExcellent. Inspiring views, friendly people, comfortable B&Bs, wholesome food, with expert support from the operator. And you may be blessed, as we were even in mid-October, with gorgeous sunny weather. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Sep 2019 by Tim ButcherA satisfying feeling of being healthy in mind and body - making progress through a stunning part of the world. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 May 2019 by Rosemary CunniffeWe loved the beautiful, quiet, pristine countryside on all our walks, gazing down on Lake Como and on the surrounding mountains Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Aug 2017 by Anne KinderlererWalking over the summit of mount Palonzone and seeing the peregrine falcons circling below us while we ate lunch. Walking along the ridge of Mt San Primo to the top (1686m) with views of the whole of Lake Como and the steep scramble down the other side. Staying at Mount de Volt on the Piano del Tivano - great hosts, fantastic place to stay. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Jul 2017 by David BartonWe loved the scenery and the views of the lake during the walk...It was an interesting experience a lot tougher than we thought but was a great achievement to complete. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Dec 2016 by Paul ArkleFantastic! It was everything we hoped, and more. Our daughters are 13 and 11 years old, and we had a great time on our first family walking holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Jul 2013 by Nicholas YatesThis was a very well organised holiday, all of its aspects were effective and co-ordinated. In fact a thoroughly enjoyable week. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Aug 2012 by Jeanette ReinholdtsenThe most memorable part was the whole hiking tour all together, being able to accomplish it as a family, experiencing the local hospitality and unbelievably splendid nature! We´ve had the time of our lives! Found our paradise at Lake Como, and will return, for sure! Read full review
PlanetTravelling on foot, especially in small (family) groups, or in pairs, is the least detrimental way of traversing a region and provides the most opportunity for becoming re-acquainted with our natural surroundings and feeling the rhythm of the countryside at first hand.
Appreciation and respect for our natural environment will grow as the walker’s knowledge and awareness of it increase.
To aid the walker’s discovery of his or her surroundings, our itinerary is coloured with titbits of information covering various aspects of the countryside, with facts about the plants and wildlife. The route book includes also a brief history of some interesting geological formations and how man has turned this natural environment to his benefit.
A visit to Pian di Nesso merely enhances this experience. Here, the walker can observe the countryside at leisure and man’s relation to it has evolved. Here, cattle graze, cheese is made with loving care, crops are tended in the kitchen garden, the raspberries thrive and when the seasons is right, people take to the woods and lanes to search for wild mushrooms and brambles. Everything they do is done naturally and much thought to the animals and environment. We are sure that you will taste the difference!
PeopleFar into the seventies of the last century, this region was popular among the city folk from Milan as a summer retreat: the women, children and elderly would stay here for up to three months in this cooler climate while their men folk toiled in the city heat during the week, visiting them at the weekend. Now that it is no longer customary to spend the summer here, the lodging places in this mountain region – those that have not already closed down - have been forced to look for new clientele. Their present customers are day-trippers from neighbouring towns, and recreational walkers, some from abroad – appropriate and appreciative customers. It is a new branch of tourism for this area and certainly could use a boost so we are happy to be able to contribute something to it.
All material and non-material goods that are consumed or used during the walking tour are from this region. You will be staying at small-scale family-run lodgings and ingredients for the meals are purchased locally and/or produced here. In case of services, local companies will provide them. This way, your contribution will not be limited to the lodgings, but will have an impact on the whole economy of the region.
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