The Balcony of Italy -
The Balcony of Italy -
The Balcony of Italy -

The Balcony of Italy

Regular price€135.00
Tax included.

No. of Rider(s) Time & Reserved

Stats: 110 km | 1800m total climb

Grade: Advanced | Hilly Ride!
Sitting 1300 meters above Lake Lugano, the “Balcony of Italy” or Monte Sighignola, once a dirt road used in WW1, is right on border's edge between Italy and Switzerland.  On a beautiful clear day, the view from the top is absolutely breathtaking, as you'll can take in the snowcapped Alps, Lake Maggiore and Lake Varese.  This is a challenging but rewarding climb to the top from Lake Como and Val d’Intelvi, with an peaceful descent, returning through Valmara and Lake Lugano. 

We strongly suggest riding this tour on GRAVEL bikes instead of road bikes because the road descending from the top of Sighignola (The Balcony) is often rough and full of large holes due to hard winter weather!
To confirm your tour date(s), please email Pietro - as well as any other questions or considerations you may have.

Note Regarding Reserved Tour Times:
** Tour prices are quoted for reserved time.  Riders who extend their tour beyond the typical four (4) hour ride will be charged an additional 50€ per hour.  If your party is expecting a longer route or simply a milder pace, please chose from one of the longer reserved tour option, thank you.

Two (2) or More Rider Pricing:
For special multiple rider pricing, please email Pietro at

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Pietro - Laya and I just wanted to send you a quick email letting you know we had such an amazing time riding with you last week in Lake Como. It was truly one of the big highlights of our entire honeymoon!

Charlie & Laya

New York


Pietro, I wanted to let you know that I had a fantastic ride! I tried to follow “The Border Run” route you describe on your website as best I could and it was tough and awesome. The bike was perfect, the weather was perfect, the place was perfect!


Pietro, you put on an outstanding ride for our little group. The ability to join three guys that will never meet otherwise, putting us together for the ride was very cool. Being my first time to the area I was nervous. You put me at ease and we just rode. It was perfect.


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!

Daniel J

Vic, AUS

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