Greenway del Lago di Como

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Greenway del Lago di Como
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
The Lake Como Greenway is a leisurely and pleasant hike through ancient villages, stunning villas and gardens, romantic and baroque churches, by the breathtaking landscape of Lake Como.
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Raoul Rongen
Sittard, The Netherlands800 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
If you enjoy a good walk through beautiful little towns along the lake of Como you should try this. The walk starts in Colonne and ends in Griante but you also also walk it the other way around because the signs of the route are both ways and are very very clear. You can't miss them and that goes for the whole route of around 10 km. We started at the church in Colonne because there is parking available for free but only for 2 hours (we saw that only when we came back but were lucky to not have a fine). The route goes up and down quite a lot. You pass beautiful small towns, churches and have perfect views on the Villas at the lake and the lake itself. Almost none of the route leads you along the busy streets which makes it more special. We only walked till Lenno because of the temperature (30+) and we had to walk the same route back to get to the car and because we didn't want to take the bus.
Written August 12, 2020
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Lombardy, Italy271 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
A 10,5 km course with a small difference in altitude about 200 mt from Colonno to Griante. It's fantastic path with amazing lake view. Everyone can this path from youngest to oldest.
From Tremezzo to Griante the path is on the lakefront and you can visit the gardens of different villas.
Moreover you can do the path fully (3 hrs) or a part of this, caming back with a ferry boat.
Written July 27, 2020
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Mexborough, UK114 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
What a beautiful walk but it's not a gentle stroll! We parked at Colonno and found the start pretty easily. The route is well sign posted and there's also a run of paving slabs with silver markers in them to follow. It was very, very hilly but worth it. Oh to find little back streets and spots by churches to rest a while. We also took in some geocaches enroute ( and watched the ducks fishing. We came across my ideal dream villa too complete with infinity pool and hot tub... a girl can dream!
We stopped for the evening in Lenno and had dinner at the Lake edge. My wonderful husband then walked back to get the car!! It seems that we did the hard bit and the rest of the walk was fairly flat! Maybe next time!
Written August 19, 2020
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Varenna, Italy685 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
I have utterly fallen in love with this trail. At 10.5 km end-to-end, and only minor ups and downs, it's tiring but not exhausting for someone in half-decent shape to complete, and the setting changes so frequently that there's always something interesting to look at (or photograph). Since I live on the opposite shore where we go completely without direct sunlight for two months of winter, this mostly sunlit path is a particular treasure in the off-season!

Of course, for those with less time or energy, it's also easily broken up into smaller sections. The segment from Griante to Mezzegra is all level walking along the lakeside for those who prefer a pleasant stroll, Mezzegra to Colonno has various ups and downs through towns and along the hillsides. My favorite section is Colonno-Lenno, which starts around rooftop level and weaves through picturesque town squares, garden plots, and neighborhoods for about 4-5 km / 1-1.5 hours.

Most frequent ferry service is to/from Lenno, Tremezzo, and Cadenabbia, and the C10 bus (Como-Menaggio-Colico) runs the entire length of the route on the lakeside road. There is also easily accessible parking at the Colonno end, Lenno, and to a lesser extent, Cadenabbia.
Written November 5, 2012
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Adamstown, Australia40 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
We have just completed this walk. We took the 9.23am ferry from Varenna to Lenno. Had a coffee in Lenno at the market then walked up the path to the road. Bought a bus ticket (from the tobacconist shop 50m on right), crossed the road and caught the bus 10 to Colonno. We started the walk just up the hill (follow the signs).
It was a postcard view all the way. We loved it! We are in our 60's. There are some uphill parts but not too bad. The path is well sign posted and well looked after. Only a short stretch of gravel on a flat area. Some cobbled pathways, but mostly pavers or quiet/access roads. In fact you can follow the strip of pavers with the logo in them most of the way. There is a short distance on a narrow road (maybe 50m) however, most of the walk is away from traffic. The strip from Trimezzo to Cadenabbia is next to the road in front of the beautiful villas.
We had lunch in Trimezzo then walked onto Cadenabbia where we caught the 3.10pm ferry back to Varenna. Arrived about 3.40pm ready for a cool swim at The Lido. Overall, a great day!
Written August 29, 2017
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Durham, NC23 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
I took the ferry to Menaggio, where I bought a bus ticket in the shop near the church on Sunday morning. You can also buy the ticket on board. I took the bus to Colonno and walked the path the whole way to Cadenabbia, then took a ferry back to my hotel. Between the medallions in the road itself and the signs on the walls, the walk was fairly well sign-posted.

I read many reviews, but the Greenway was different than I expected. I am in decent shape, and thought the path was harder than most people described it. Adding some hills to 7.5 miles of walking makes for a little bit of a challenge, but it is very doable! I was also expecting a lot more nature and quaint-ness, which I did not find. Prepare to hear cars most of the time. I also thought the path would go through the center of the towns themselves, so I missed a lot of town squares, pretty buildings, etc. by walking the Greenway.

This was a nice walk with beautiful views. At Villa Balbianello, I made the mistake of going uphill and to the right when I reached a parking lot, when I had no intention of visiting the villa. That was a big waste, as I had to backtrack - keep going straight! I understand you can approach the villa later, around the peninsula, but I did not do that.

The next day I walked/hiked the Sentiero del Viandante between Varenna and Bellano on the East side of the lake, and that was very different. It was the nature walk I wanted, peaceful and quiet. It is half the distance but more difficult, and signs are more scarce. I am glad I walked both paths for two different experiences.
Written October 28, 2017
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Jeremy H
Hong Kong, China110 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
We walked the section from Colonno to Lenno on a sunny morning in September. What we did is as follows. Take bus C10 from Menaggio to Colonno (direction Como). Buy bus ticket at the newspaper-stand at the end of the pedestrian street (I think it is) at 2.20 Euro per person. The bus goes through the main road so it is easy to find the bus stop. Get off the bus at Colonno Pzza Matteotti stop. Buy some candy and chips at the bar at the bus stop and walk ahead for about 50 meters with the road on the left hand side. There is a narrow alley going up with the Greenway road sign on the wall. This is the entrance to the Greenway. Walk ahead with the lake on the right hand side. The path goes up gently for about 30 minutes and becomes flat for most of the remaining journey. The path is well paved, with lots of round-shaped metal signs on the pavement in addition to the Greenway road signs. The whole journey takes us 1h45 to Lenno walking slowly and stopping for photos. The view is extremely beautiful approaching Isla Sala. At Lenno there is a number of restaurants and cafes for a drink. At Lenno we took the sightseeing bus back to Menaggio at 5 Euro per person. The bus goes slowly but certainly we get a seat. A wonderful half-day trip that is very enjoyable.
Written October 15, 2015
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Nairn, UK46 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
Well signposted 10.5 kilometre walk, lakeside and uphill villages, lets you explore a little off the main road. Tip (from our hotel), walk north to south i.e. Cadenabbia to Colonna as sun is not directly in your face. Enjoy lunch at Lenno. Caution - road going through villages, especially Colonna, is very narrow & busy, particularly at weekends. Unexpected trail finds: Konrad Adenauer statue, fountain with terrapins outside St Lorenzo Church, a public wash house, Bonzangio old village, a traditional lake boat model (Lenno). Stunning lake views throughout. Just off the trail are the Villa Balbianello and the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso (UNESCO World Heritage site) - enjoy it all - knowing there's an hourly bus service for the other half of your journey.
Written May 16, 2013
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Reston, VA90 contributions
My girlfriend found this trail in a travel blog and it was absolutely incredible. Both of us really enjoyed it and the weather was fantastic when we did it. It is hard to follow at times so be sure to download instructions before you go. We made it half way, stopped to have early dinner and took the bus back to where we left our car. Be sure to buy bus tickets at a store because buses don't accept cash.
Written January 11, 2015
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Wellington, New Zealand14 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We walked from Sala Comacina to Tremezzina on a hot day. We drove to Sala, thinking we might get a boat back, but the time gap between trips proved long, so we caught a bus, which was easy.
On a hot day it’s a walk to take slowly, with a few climbs in the sun. The views are terrific and little village pathways interesting for anyone vaguely curious.
At Tremezzina we stopped for lunch at La Darsena, which is mid-priced, but with excellent food, friendly service and a very relaxed deck beside the lake. A far better choice than the busy roadside spots that catch most visitors.
We found the pathway very easy to follow if you keep your eyes open. Not a lot of people on the pathway, so it never felt over-busy.
Written July 22, 2019
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