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

The Balcony of Italy

Regular price €135.00
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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. 

 

Dates:
To confirm your tour date(s), please email Pietro - as well as any other questions or considerations you may have. pietro@lakecomocycling.com.

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 pietro@lakecomocycling.com.

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Weather in Como

Como is pretty beautiful year round, but the ideal cycling season here is really from mid March to the end of October.

 

Airports

Malpensa is the closest airport to Como.  You will have to take a bus or a train to central Milan and from there a train to Como OR we can provide transportation for you (and your bike box) with our van.  See our Airport Transfers for more.

 

Guided Tour vs. Riding on Your Own

Our crew has lived in Como for decades and knows the area intimately.  We aim to give you an incredible escape, the best ride, at the best time of day, in the least amount of traffic and offer you the often missed hidden gems and scenery only riding with a local could provide - and without the hassle of stopping to consult a map, gps, or be otherwise sidetracked by technology.

 

Guided Tour Sizes

Most often you'll be the only rider, but tour sizes can vary.  We try to limit the group to maximum 6 riders.  Regardless of numbers, there's rarely an unshared, well deserved bottle of wine at the end of a day's ride.

 

Riding Level | Experience

Don't worry. There are many levels of difficulty and ease.  Flat riding along Lake Como or Lugano's shores can be both brisk as well as almost therapeutic.

 

Bike Rentals

We have a fleet of about 65 quality road bikes. We deliver the bikes free of charge to your Como hotel (For Bellagio, Varenna and Menaggio, we ask an extra delivery and pick-up fee). We'll supply a repair kit and a floor pump for rentals of more than one (1) day.  You can view our fleet on the website under bike rentals. We strongly recommend an advance reservation since bike hire in Summer is very popular and we are the only ones in the area to rent road bikes.

 

Bike Rentals Specifications | Information

Feel free to write Pietro at pietro@lakecomocycling.com for further information that what's provided in bike rentals.

 

What To Bring

Pedals, shoes and your own helmet. We have pedal wrenches and tools to adjust the pedals, seats and just about everything else.

 

Food | Lunch

We normally stop at a coffee shop for a cappuccino or warm panino along the way - a great way to energize.

  

Other Lake Como Activities

A visit to Bellagio by battello (boat) is a must. Villa Balbianello in Lenno and Villa Carlotta's botanic garden are also popular sites to explore.

 

Deposits

For the solo rider or small group, we've made it easy to plan and purchase in advance, but there's always room for adjustments and personalization beyond the e-com standard.

 

Liability

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More Questions

Just write to Pietro at pietro@lakecomocycling.com for any further information you require