Walk on the Monti Lariani (Lario being the ancient name of Lake Como) with a variety of suggested walks of differing lengths and difficulty. Dinner is on your own.
WALK A: From Menaggio through the Val Sanagra Nature Reserve
A loop walk starting in Menaggio takes you to the Val Sanagra, an unknown area rich in historical and cultural traces.
From Menaggio you reach Loveno, a noble village with many Villas, then on to Pianuro a vast pastures still used now by livestock. Then the trail follows the Sanagra stream, a typical alpine water course, with several ancient mills and iron foundries that through time has formed impressive gorges. The walk passes through Barna, a lovely hamlets where time seems to have stopped.
Challenge: 5 hrs, 15.5km / 9,5 mi, 696m ascent, 695m descent
WALK B – From Breglia to Monte Grona and Monte Bregagnino
The walk starts in Breglia, a small village above Menaggio reachable by bus. The path reaches two of the most significant peaks of the western side of the Lake: Monte Grona and Mote Bregagnino. From the top of Monte Grona (1736m) you have one of the best views of the Pre Alps; from here you can see the three lakes (Como, Lugano and Piano), and the peaks of Monte Bregagno, Legnone, Pizzo di Gino, Grigne. On clear days you can see the Alps from Monviso to Bernina. There are three different ways to get to the top of the Monte Grona from the Rifugio Menaggio, including an alpine ascent using the “via ferrata”.
Challenge: 6-7hrs, 14km / 8,5 mi, 1000m ascent, 1000m descent
WALK C – : From Menaggio to Rezzonico on the Antica Strada Regina
The Antica Strada Regina that leads along the west coast of Lake Como, was built by the Romans. It was an important road connection between Como and the alpine passes. The old trail was used till the end of the 18th century when the current lake road was built. This stretch starts at Menaggio and runs along cobblestoned paths to the characteristic village of Rezzonico. From the top of the hill there are great views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. After the walk return to Menaggio by local bus.
Challenge: 3 hours, 9 km / 5,5 mi, 330m ascent, 350m descent