E-Bike Tour around Three Lakes and Idyllic Mountain Life
- Live Guide
- Instant Confirmation
- Group Tour
- 3.5 hr
This fantastic route delivers it all: hidden villages, rustic charm, spectacular lake views, and a stop on Lake Lugano. We ride down to the Val Sanagra nature reserve – lying just above Menaggio, it is one of the Lake Como's best-kept secrets. Pass evocative stone houses and old water mills. Ride uphill through the historic villages of Velzo and Naggio, surrounded by grape vines and green fields. Weave through charming village squares untouched by time and tourism. Enjoy a glorious downhill ride on an original medieval road. Stunning views guide us onto the shores of Lake Lugano before we cycle to Lake Piano along the old railway line that once connected Lake Como to Lake Lugano and is now a pretty cycle path, to complete our loop back in the Renaissance hamlet of Cardano. The ride is a mini adventure with simple gravel road, uphills, downhills, narrow village paths - General agility and confidence on a bike are required. An e-bike is a normal geared bicycle with battery assistance.
Operated by: Bebike
Pass By: Grandola ed Uniti
We start our tour from the agricultural hamlet of Cardano in Grandola ed Uniti, where the old railway used to pass between Lake Como and Lake Lugano. The hamlet dates back to the Renaissance and we will take a ride along narrow cobbled alleyways past the Bagatti Valsecchi villa that stills belongs to this noble Milanese family.
Pass By: Museo Etnografico E Naturalistico Val Sanagra
Ride downhill into the Val Sanagra nature reserve to discover the valley stream that gave life to a number of mills and is home to gorgeous stone houses and ancient stone bridges.
Ride uphill to the hamlet of Velzo, surrounded by grape vines and immersed in mountain scenery. Traverse the village following the original narrow alleyways with a few tight turns.
We enter Naggio, another typical mountain village with a beautifully maintained square, before preparing for a gorgeous, panoramic downhill ride (at times steep) to get our first glimpse of Lake Lugano.
Pass By: Carlazzo
We ride the back roads to find hidden frescoes and continue on the original medieval road.
Stop At: Lungolago Porlezza
Cycle through the historic centre of this lakeside town with it's speciality food stores. Stop right on the beach and have a coffee or ice-cream in the area. The homeward journey passes the scenic nature reserve of Lake Piano. Follow the old railway line passing expansive green fields, stables and farmsteads until we reach Cardano where the tour ends.
Duration: 30 minutes