Walking the Italian Lakes

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Landscapes of the ITALIAN LAKES: walks and car tours

by David Robertson and Sarah Stewart

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Description

Italian LakesThese great expanses of water, bound to the north by high mountains and stretching down towards the Lombardy Plain, all resulted from glacial activity. While this guide focuses primarily on walking the Italian Lakes, you can gain huge satisfaction from touring the Italian Lakes by car as well. Whether on foot or by car, you will discover discover timeless hill villages, ancient mule tracks and panoramic mountain viewpoints.

Area covered: While the term ‘Italian Lakes’ generally refers to Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Como and Lake Garda, there are many other, smaller lakes, some of which are included in this guide book.

The best months for walking the Italian Lakes are April, May, June and September.

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Where to stay

There are numerous places throughout the region to choose from, though most people booking a package holiday will be staying at a resort decided by the tour operator. For example, visitors to Lake Garda will possibly be staying at Riva del Garda, Limone, Sirmione or one of the many other villages that border the lake. For each walk in the book the authors indicate the location of the nearest accommodation. While public transport (buses, trains, lake steamers, cable cars etc.) is detailed for each walk where available, do note that there are a number of walks in this book which are only accessible by car.

Edition/contents etc

5 car tours, 38 walks plus many alternative and shorter variations, 21 picnic suggestions
136 pages + 2 touring maps; large-scale (1:50,000) topo maps
2nd ed, 2009; ISBN 978-1-85691-359-1; UK retail price £12.99 / USA retail price $17.99

Table of contents:

Preface 5
Acknowledgements 6
Getting there and getting about 7
Picnicking 8
Picnic suggestions 8

TOURING 11
Car tour 1: ON THE EDGE OF VAL GRANDE 12
Car tour 2: MOTTARONE – THE MOUNTAIN OF TWO LAKES 14
Car tour 3: BORDER HOPPING AROUND LAKE LUGANO 17
Car tour 4: VALSASSINA AND THE TRIANGOLO LARIANO 19
Car tour 5: A TOUR OF FOUR LAKES 22

WALKING
Grades, waymarks, maps 25
The Italian Alpine Club (CAI) 26
Equipment and Safety 26
Weather 27
Where to stay 27
Nuisances 28
Organisation of the walks 28
Country code 29
Recommended reading; Useful contacts 29
Italian for walkers, with short glossary 30

THE WALKS
1 Cheglio · Monte Carza · Monte Pian Bello · Cima Tondone Sommalemna · Pianoni · Orrido di Santa Anna· Traffiume · Cannobio 32
2 Cannero Riviera · Cheggio · Carmine Superiore · Mulinesc · Cannobio 35
3 Falmenta · Ponte Spoccia · Spoccia · Orasso · Cursolo · Ponte Teia · Gurro · Mergugna · Falmenta 38
4 Il Colle · Monte Spalavera · col before Cima l’Alpe · col near Ospedaletto · Il Colle 42
5 Cappella Fina · Monte Todun · Pizzo Pernice · Pian Cavallone · I Balmitt · Cappella Fina 44
6 Biegno · Cangili · Montereccio · Forcoletta ·Monte Sirti · La Forcola · Lago d’Elio · Musignano · Sarangio · Maccagno 46
7 Curiglia · Ponte di Piero · Monteviasco · Alpe Cortetti · Viasco · Curiglia 49
8 Mottarone station · Mottarone · Alpino station · Giardino Alpinia · Levo · Someraro · Carciano di Stresa 52
9 Belgirate · Calogna · Magognino · Brisino · Stresa 56
10 Agrano · Alpe Selviana · Pescone · Pratolungo · Monte Crabbia · Agrano 58
11 Pella · Ronco Inferiore · Ronco Superiore · Colma · Grassona · Egro · Pella 61
12 Menaggio · Loveno · Pianure · Codogna · Il Rogolone · Gottro · Naggio · Codogna · Pianure · Loveno · Menaggio 63
13 Breglia · Rifugio Menaggio · Monte Grona · San Amate · Breglia 68
14 Stazione Generoso Vetta · Monte Generoso · Barco dei Montoni · Alpe Pescio · Stazione Generoso Vetta 71
15 Alpe di Lenno · Rifugio Venini · Alpe di Mezzegra · Monte Crocione · Monte di Tremezzo · Monte Calbiga · Alpe di Lenno 74
16 Pigra · Serta · Corniga · Solasco · Monti i Prati · Canelva · Gravona · Santuario della Madonna del Soccorso · Ossuccio 76
17 Griante · San Martino · Il Dossone · Bocchetta di Nava · Croce · (Menaggio) 79
18 San Bartolomeo · Alpe di Mezzo · Alpe Gigiai · Alpe Zocca · Montalto · Fordeccia · San Bartolomeo 82
19 Sentiero del Viandante, from Bellano to Varenna 85
20 Vo di Moncodeno · Porta Prada · Bocchetta dei Guzzi · Grigna Settentrionale · Vo di Moncodeno 87
21 Laorca · Cappella San Martino · Chiesa San Martino · Cappella San Martino · Laorca 90
22 Piani d’Erna · Costa · Funivia d’Erna (lower cable car station) 92
23 Colma · Monte Croce · Monte Palanzone · Monte Croce · Colma 94
24 Parco Monte San Primo · Rifugio Martina · Monte San Primo · Alpe del Borgo · Parco Monte San Primo 96
25 Porto San Nicolo · Forte Garda · Batteria di Mezzo · Forte San Alessandro · San Alessandro · Grotta · Porto San Nicolo 98
26 Arco · Laghel · Colodri · Monte Colt · Croce di Colt · Laghel · Arco 101
27 Santa Barbara · Castello del Castil · Le Prese · Monte Stivo · Santa Barbara 104
28 Monte Baldo cable car station · Cima delle Pozzette (Monte Baldo massif) · Monte Baldo cable car station 106
29 Malcesine · Madonna dell’Accoglienza · Paier · Dumez · Malcesine 109
30 Limone sul Garda · Valle del Singol · Dalco · Dega · Val Pura · Limone sul Garda 112
31 Monte Bestone 115
32 Vesio · Passo Nota · Valle di Bondo · Vesio 117
33 Monte Castello 119
34 Navazzo · Monte Castello di Gaino · Navazzo 121
35 Cima Rest · Monte Caplone · Malga Tombea · Bocca di Caplone · Pilaster · Cima Rest 123
36 Moerna · Bocca Cocca · Bocca di Valle · Persone · Moerna 125
37 Biacesa · Bochet dei Concoli · Rocchetta Giochello · Bocca Giumella · Malga Giumella Inferiore · Biacesa 128
38 Biacesa · Nodice · Pregasina · Biacesa 131

Index 134
Fold-out touring maps inside back cover
Transport information inside back cover

Guidebook index

Agrano 9, 14-15, 58-60
Alpe Cortetti 49, 51
Alpe del Borgo 96-97
Alpe di Lenno 9, 74-75
Alpe di Mezzegra 74-75
Alpe di Mezzo 82-83, 84
Alpe Gigiai 82-83, 84
Alpe Pescedo 82-83, 84
Alpe Pescio 71, 73
Alpe Selviana 9, 58-60
Alpe Zocca 82-83, 84
Alpino 14-5, 52-53, 54
Alveo Lago Bondo 24, 116-118
Arco 26, 99-101, 103-104, 110, 129
Argegno 17-18, 76
Armeno 14-16, 58, 60
Arogno 17-18
Asso 19, 21
Aurano 12-13
Ballabio 19-20
Barco dei Montoni 71, 73
Baveno 14, 16
Belgirate 56-57
Bellagio 10, 17, 19-20, 21, 77-78, 80, 85-87, 90, 92, 94, 96-97
Bellano 1, 6, 85-86, 87, 90
Bezzecca 22, 24
Biacesa 22, 24, 128-129, 130, 132-133
Biegno 46, 49-50
Bocca di Caplone 122-124, 127
Bocca Cocca 125-126
Bocca di Valle 125, 127
Blevio 63
Bobbio, Piani di 20
Bocchetta dei Guzzi 87-88
Bocchetta di Nava 79-80
Borromean Islands 5, 14, 54-55
Breglia 67, 68-70
Brisino 56-57
Cadenabbia 18, 21, 79
Calogna 56-57
Cambiasca 12, 44
Canelva 76-77, 78
Cangili 46-47, 49
Cannero Riviera 12-13, 32, 35, 37-38, 46, 49
Cannobio 8, 12-14, 32-35, 37-38, 46, 49
Canzo 9, 19, 21
Capolago 17, 71, 73
Capovalle 22-23
Cappella Fina 44-45
Cappella San Martino 90-91, 91
Cappella Votiva 9, 87, 88
Carciano 3, 52-55
Carciano di Stresa 52-54, 55
Carmine Inferiore 8, 12, 35, 37
Carmine Superiore 3, 8, 35, 36- 37
Castello del Castil 104-105
Cheggio 35-36
Cheglio 32, 34
Chiesa San Martino 90-91
Chiodera 66-67
Cima delle Pozzette 106-107
Cima Forcola 33-34
Cima l’Alpe 34, 42
Cima Rest 122-124
Cima Tondone 32-34
Codogna 63, 64-66, 67, 80
Colma 10, 19, 21, 61-62, 94-95, 95
Colodri 101-102
Corniga 76-77
Cortenova 19
Costa 92-93
Croce 17, 67, 79, 81
Croce di Colt 101, 103
Croce Pizzo d’Erna 9, 92
Curiglia 49-51
Cursolo 38-40, 41
Dalco 112-113, 114, 116
Dega 112-113, 114, 116
Dumez 109, 111
Egro 61-62
Esino Lario 19, 87
Esino Valley 19
Falmenta 38-39, 41
Forcoletta 46-47, 49
Fordeccia 82-83, 84
Forte Garda 98, 99
Forte San Alessandro 98-99
Funivia d’Erna 92
Gargnano 22, 119, 121-123, 125
Ghiffa 12
Giardino Alpinia 52, 55
Gignese 14, 16, 58
Gottro 63, 65-66
Gozzano 14, 16
Grandola Ed Uniti 66
Grassona 61-62
Gravona 76-77, 78
Griante 17-18, 79-80
Grigna 9, 19-20, 80, 87, 95, 97
Meridionale 87, 89, 92
Settentrionale 87-88, 88-89
Grotta 98, 100
Gurro 38, 39, 40-41
I Balmitt 44-45
Il Colle 34, 42-43
Il Dossone 79-80
Il Rogolone 63-66
Intelvi Valley 17-18
Intra 12-13, 42
Introbio 19-20
Isola Bella 53-54
Isola Madre 54-55, 57
Isola Pescatori 53-54
Isola San Giulio 9, 14-15, 61
La Forcola 46-47
Laghel 101-103
Lago/Lake
Annone 20, 91
Como 1, 2, 5, 7, 17-20, 25, 27, 43, 67, 69-70, 72, 74-77, 77-79, 81, 83, 85-87, 90-91, 94-97
Elio 46-48
Garda 2, 5-7, 10, 22-27, 98, 98-99, 102, 107, 109-110, 113-114, 115-116, 119-120, 122, 124, 131-132, 133
Garlate 91
Idro 10, 23, 125, 127
Ledro 10, 22, 24
Lugano 5, 9, 17-18, 25, 27, 43, 63, 64-65, 69, 71-72, 75
Maggiore 5, 7-8, 12-15, 25-27, 32-33, 35, 36-37, 42, 44, 47, 50, 53-57, 61, 72, 75
Orta 9, 14-16, 25-26, 52, 58, 60-62
Piano 17, 63, 64-65, 66, 75
Segrino 9, 21
Lanzo d’Intelvi 17-18
Laorca 19-20, 90-91
Le Prese 104-105, 105
Lecco 7, 9, 19-21, 85, 90-92, 96-97
Lemprato 10, 22-23
Lenno 18, 21, 74, 76-77, 77
Levo 14, 52-53, 53, 55
Limone sul Garda 22, 106, 109, 112-115, 117-119, 121, 123, 125
Lombardy Plain 5, 97
Loveno 63, 67
Lugano 17, 71
Luino 8, 43, 49
Maccagno 37, 46-48, 49
Madonna dell’ Accoglienza 109, 111
Madonna del Sasso 14, 16, 62
Madri 65-66, 67
Magognino 56-57
Malcesine 10, 106-107, 108-109, 110-111, 129
Malga Tombea 122-124
Menaggio 17-19, 21, 63, 65-71, 74, 76, 79, 81-82, 85, 87
Mergugna 38-39, 41
Moerna 10, 22-23, 125-127
Molina di Ledro 22, 24
Montalto 82, 83, 84
Monte Baldo 10, 106-107, 109, 116, 122, 124, 129, 133
Cable car station 106-108
San Michele station 108, 109, 111
Monte Berlinghera 82-83, 83-84
Monte Bestone 10, 113-115, 116
Monte Bregagno 68-70
Monte Brione 10, 98, 98-100, 129, 133
Monte Calbiga 9, 74-75
Monte Caplone 122-124, 126-127
Monte Carza 32-33, 35, 43
Monte Castello 10, 22, 119-120, cover
Monte Castello di Gaino 22-23, 121-122
Monte Colt 101, 102-103
Monte Crabbia 58, 60
Monte Croce 94-95
Monte Crocione 2, 74-75, 79-80
Monte di Tremezzo 74-75, 82, 85, 97
Monte Falo 10, 94-95
Monte Generoso 5, 9, 17-18, 43, 71-72, 73, 75, 97
Stazione Bella Vista 71, 73
Stazione Generoso Vetta 9, 71, 73
Monte Grande 10, 106, 109
Monte Grona 65-66, 68-70, 75, 82
Monte Palanzone 94-95, 97
Monte Pian Bello 32-34
Monte Resegone 9, 90, 92-93
Monte San Primo 21, 94-95, 96-97, 97
Monte Sirti 46-48
Monte Spalavera 34, 42-43, 45
Monte Stivo 104-105, 105, 116, 129, 133
Monte Todun I-45
Monte di Tremezzo 5, 74-75, 82, 85, 97
Montereccio 46-47, 49
Monteviasco 46, 49-51
Monti i Prati 76-77
Mottarone 9, 14-16, 42, 52-53, 61, 72
Mulinesc 35, 37
Musignano 46, 48
Naggio 63, 65-66, 67, 80
Navazzo 22-23, 121-122
Nesso 19, 21
Nodice 128-129, 131, 131, 132, 133
Orasso 38, 39-40
Oratorio del Sasso 40
Orrido di Santa Anna 32, 34
Orta San Giulio 9, 14-16, 58, 61
Ospedaletto 7, 18, 42-43
Ossuccio 17-18, 30, 74, 76-78
Paier 108-109, 111
Palestra di Roccia 9, 52
Pallanza 12, 55
Parco Monte San Primo 96-97
Parlasco 19
Passo Nota 116-118
Pella 9, 14, 16, 60-62
Persone 10, 22-23, 125, 127
Pescone 15, 58-60
Pettenasco 14-15, 58, 60
Pian Cavallone 44-45
Piancavallo 8, 12-13, 42
Piani d’Erna 9, 92-93
Pianoni 32-34
Pianure 63, 66-67
Pieve di Ledro 10, 22-24
Pieve Vecchia 22-23
Pigra 74, 76
Pilaster 122, 123-124
Pizzo Pernice 44-45
Ponte Caffero 22-24
Ponte di Piero 49-50
Ponte Spoccia 38-39
Ponte Teia 38-39, 41
Porlezza 17
Porta Prada 9, 87-88, 89
Porto San Nicolo 10, 98-100
Pratolungo 58, 60
Pregasina 10, 24, 131-132, 133
Premeno 8, 12-13, 42
Punta di Crabbia 15
Pusiano 19, 21
Rifugio Arnaldo Bogani 88-89
Rifugio Luigi Bietti 88
Rifugio Luigi Brioschi 87-88, 88-89
Rifugio Martina 96-97
Rifugio Menaggio 66, 68-70, 70
Rifugio Monte Stivo 104-105
Rifugio Passo Nota 116, 118
Rifugio Pian Cavallone 44-45
Rifugio Stoppani 92, 93
Rifugio Venini 9, 74-75
Riva del Garda 10, 22, 24, 26, 98, 100-101, 104, 106, 109-110, 112, 115, 117, 120, 128-129, 131, 133
Rocchetta 99, 128-129
Rocchetta Giochello 128, 129-130
Ronco Inferiore 61-62
Ronco Superiore 61-62
San Alessandro 98-99
San Amate 68, 70
San Bartolomeo 82-83, 84
San Fedele Intelvi 17-18, 74, 76
San Martino 79-81
San Maurizio d’Opaglio 14, 16
Santa Anna 8, 32, 34
Santa Barbara 104-105
Santa Maria Maddalena 7, 18
Santuario della Madonna del Soccorso 30, 76-77, 78
Santuario Madonna di Montecastello 10, 119-120, cover
Sarangio 46, 48
Sarca Valley 98-100, 101, 102-103
Sass Corbee 63-64, 66-67
Scaligeri Castle 109-110
Sentiero del Viandante 85-86
Serta 76-77
Solasco 76-77
Someraro 14, 52, 55
Sommalemna 32-34
Sormano 19, 21, 94-95
Spoccia 38-39, 40-41
Storo 22, 24
Stresa 9, 12, 14-16, 42, 52, 53-56, 57-58
Tignale 22, 119
Torbole 10, 26, 98, 100-101, 104, 106, 109, 112, 115, 117, 120, 128-129, 131, 133
Torrente Cannobino 34, 39, 41
Torrente Pescone 9, 58-59
Torrente Sanagra 63, 64-66, 67
Traffiume 8, 32-34
Tremezzo 17-18, 74, 76, 79
Tremosine 22, 115-116, 118, 120
Triangolo Lariano 19, 94, 96-97
Val Grande National Park 5, 8, 12, 43-44, 45
Val Menaggio 17, 63, 66, 75, 79-80
Val Perlana 74, 77-78
Val Pogallo 45
Val Pura 112-113, 114, 116
Val Sanagra 63, 66
Valle Veddasca 43, 46-47, 48, 50-51
Valle Cannobina 32-34, 38-39, 41
Valle d’Ampola 24
Valle del Singol 112-113, 113, 116, 118
Valle Intrasca 12-13, 42, 43, 45
Valsassina 19-21, 89
Valvestino 10, 22-23, 122
Varenna 6, 17, 19, 85-86, 87, 90, 92
Vesio 22, 116-118
Viasco 49-51
Vo di Moncodeno 9, 87-88, 89
Voltino 22, 115
Zelbio 19, 21

Current update

Italian Lakes (2009), updated 7/07/16

Updates for walks and car tours (drives) around the Italian Lakes given below supplement those provided in the guidebook. It is vital that this Update is read in conjunction with the text of the book, but note that the Update applies only to the edition stated and not to any earlier editions. (If you have an older edition of this book you can “upgrade” to the latest edition at half price.)

Information has been forwarded to us by users of the book, and Sunflower Books offers the data in good faith but cannot be held responsible for any misleading or inaccurate content in the Update. Unless indicated otherwise, what appears here has not been verified by the author or publisher, so please allow due caution when new or amended routes are suggested. Each piece of information is dated; bear in mind that some of the older observations may have since been overtaken by events or further changes. If, during your holiday, you are using the current edition of the guide and are able to provide any additional updating to add to this page, we will be pleased to hear from you. Please send information, preferably by e-mail, to info@sunflowerbooks.co.uk.

Walk 9: Walk 9 is a walk from Belgriate to Stressa and suggests getting the ferry from Stressa to Belgriate and continues “After the enjoyable ferry trip, Belgriate is well worth exploring”. I’m doing some pre-holiday research and can only find evening ferries (17:35 , 18:35) from Stressa to Belgriate
http://www.navigazionelaghi.it/eng/m_orari.asp
There are however early morning ferries (9:00, 10:20) from Belgriate to Stressa and so could do the walk in reverse. (User, 7/16)

Walk 28: If you are not walking down, be prepared for long queues (1h +) to descend by cable car, especially iif the weather has closed in. (User, 7/09) + We went to Lake Garda and bought your ‘Italian Lakes’ book, which is very good. We are fairly experienced walkers and I would question whether Walk 28 from Monte Baldo to the peak Cima del Pozzette is classed correctly as easy, as there are several parts of the walk that hands are needed to scramble up (and down) the path. The path itself is quite rough going in places. (User, 7/12)

Walk 36: The cobbled path at the 15min-point is no more. It now appears to be tarmac all the way to the signposted junction at 31min. Also, from the col to the spring, in June 2009 there were many (12+) fallen trees across the path – getting round and over them added considerably to our walk time. We turned round at the spring/wooden railings (1h40min-point), as it had taken us over 2 hours to get there, due to bad weather. Cannot comment on the walk beyond this point. (User, 7/09)