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Thirty-five years ago Pietro Zendali moved his textile business from Milano to Lake Como, never imagining that one day his passion for cycling could become a full time pursuit - but in 2007, he became the first in the Como region to offer guided cycling tours and bicycle rentals to those who prefer to venture on their own.
"Still, after a decade of providing my fellow cyclists with the incredible riding experience of Como and its reach, I remain as passionate about this region and my desire to share it with others " - Pietro Zendali
Lake Como has long been among the premier cycling destinations in the world.
Riders may glide through the lake’s narrow roads passing through the typical small Italian villages and ancient Villas (and yes, even ride past George Clooney's lakeside home) - or climb to Madonna del Ghisallo, a not-to-be missed cycling shrine and intimate cycling museum, made famous by the Giro di Lombardia and home to many world famous riders' bikes and cycling jerseys.
The Como region also borders with Switzerland and its nearby Lake Lugano, another great cycling playground. The loop around the lake is roughly 50 miles and offers views that are second to none.
And then, within just a few hours from Como, there is the iconic Passo Stelvio, the highest road pass in the Italian Alps.
No matter your riding level and experience, Como has something spectacular to offer.
I am still speechless! That was one of the most amazing days - we both had such a fantastic time. We loved the very different views and conditions on the west vs east side of the lake. We also enjoyed the many stops for coffee, lunch and walks amongst the shops. I loved it so much I was ready to do another loop! We made one small error in navigation, coming out of Bellagio we didn’t stay on the lake and instead started the climb. After around 4km we realised this was not the ideal route back to Como, but only after a big climb! Actually it was a nice bit of exercise for the day. Haha. Thank you for everything Pietro. We want to come back! - Daniel J | Vic AUS