Four days on the shores of Lake Como taking in some incredible climbs and lakeside routes. Our hotel is on the famous Ghisallo climb with breathtaking views and a terrace overlooking the glamorous town of Bellagio. Riding in Lake Como is so glamorous, 2 of our rides include ferry crossings and one ride takes us into Switzerland. One of the highlights is visiting the Madonna del Ghisallo church - the patron saint of cyclists and a special place to spend some time. Beauty, religion, amazing coffee, passionate cyclists, incredible food - this trip has everything you could want from riding in Italy.
Four nights at Il Perlo Panorama just outside of Bellagio. This bike hotel is located on the Ghisallo and has stunning views over Lake Como.
Breakfasts every day at the hotel featuring a tasty buffet and obviously, great coffee.
Four guided rides with our friendly local guides. We ride together on the flats and regroup at the top of climbs).
Return transfers for you and your bike from Milan Linate (the journey takes approx 1hr30mins). Please check below for collection times. All our transfers are bike box friendly.
Bellagio - Bellagio
122km - 2936m
Our queen stage in Lake Como, this route takes in two lakes & two countries. Heading out from Bellagio we hug the lake around through Como and up the other side of the lake to Argegno. From here, the route heads up to Lake Lugano and into Switzerland. After taking in the stunning views, we descend back to Lake Como and get the ferry home to Bellagio.
Bellagio - Bellagio
52km - 1669m
A short route that packs in one of the most sacred climbs in the world, arguably the hardest climb in pro cycling and a ride along the lake. Heading out from Bellagio, the ride goes up the Ghisallo before heading to the impossibly steep Muro di Sormano with its 25% gradients. From here we descend back down to the lake and roll home.
Bellagio - Bellagio
83km - 2885m
The route starts with a ferry ride from Bellagio to Varenna. This is one of the prettier villages on the lake so an early coffee stop is recommended. From here, the route heads into the wilder side of the lake away from the traffic. From here, we head towards Lecco before heading back to Bellagio via the picturesque lakeside road.
Bellagio - Bellagio
9.1km - 546m
The shortest of all our classic time trials. The Ghisallo is 9km and can be finished in less than 30 mins. There are three distinct sections, a steep opening out of Bellagio and up to tight hairpins as you get away from the lake. Half way through the climb, the road flattens out and even descends before kicking up again for the last couple of kilometres.
Starting from Bellagio, this is a climb of three sections. The hardest part is near the start with 14% gradients. The climb flattens out in the middle before a final steep section to the summit.
Short but impossibly steep, the Muro di Sormano starts steep and only gets harder. It peaks at 25% - very tough.
There are infinite possibilities when it comes to cycling here: tough climbs, hills, flat country roads, all surrounded by a perfect lake climate.
Languages Spoken - Italian, English
Favourite Climb - Passo del Ghisallo, It's tough, but very doable for all, with amazing scenery and viewpoints.
Favourite coffee stop - Nene' Food and Café in Bellagio
Fastest time up the Ghisallo - 26mins. My brother, Fabio (also a guide here) is even quicker
Best Local Dish - Risotto con pesce persico (perch fish), one of the most popular dishes of Lake Como!
The Hotel is located on the top a hill facing the lake, about 3 km from the town centre. Il Perlo Panorama in Bellagio is the ideal place if you’re looking for a familiar and quiet place to spend your holiday, with a small garden, balcony, and an unforgettable view of the lake. We also offer special services for bikers, making us the perfect Bike Hotel on Lake Como
One of our favourite bike hotels in Europe. Two things make this so special, the people and the views. It is a family run hotel and the warmth you feel from the owner is very genuine. The hotel is just outside Bellagio on the steep section of the Ghisallo. There is a large terrace with incredible views over Lake Como where you can happily spend an afternoon doing nothing.
Amazing terrace overlooking Lake Como
Our driver will collect you at Milan Linate and get you to the hotel for around 8pm. Have a dinner at the hotel overlooking Lake Como.
After breakfast and some time to check your bikes, we roll down to Bellagio and follow the Lake all around until we climb over to Switzerland and Lake Lugano. After descending back to Lake Como we catch a ferry home. We should be back in the mid afternoon.
Our first time up the Ghisallo. We ride at a leisurely pace getting a great view of the Lake. At the top we spend some time exploring the church and the museum before heading to the toughest climb in pro cycling - the Muro di Sormano. We will be back early in the afternoon so this would be a good day to go into Bellagio and explore.
The ride on day three starts with a ferry crossing to Varenna and then a ride in the wilder side of the lake. After a long climb we descend all the way to Lecco before taking the lovely lakeside road back home.
Our final morning. After an early breakfast, it is time for the Ghisallo time trial. We all roll over the start line together and then its you vs the clock. After posting your time, we roll back to the hotel, pack the bikes and head back to the airport at 1pm
Our driver will collect you from Milan Linate (LIN) for the drive of just over an hour. We will send you a transfer voucher with a meeting point & driver contact number.
The first transfer on Wednesday will leave Linate at 7pm so please arrange a flight that arrives before 6.30pm
The return transfer on Sunday will arrive at Linate for 2pm so please arrange a flight that leaves after 3.30pm
We recommend you take your bike into a local bike shop for a service a couple of weeks before you leave. We have some longer climbs but a few very steep sections.
The weather in Lake Como can be inconsistent. It is unlikely to be cold but it can be wet so bring a waterproof. Some of the descents are long so bring layers - arm warmers and a gilet are essentials. The hotel has a bike room with nutrition for sale and the equipment you need to build your bike. Remember to remove any gas canisters from your saddle bag - these will not be allowed on the plane.
Not riding? Welcome to an amazing weekend in Como. You could easily spend 4 days with a book relaxing on the terrace drinking espressos and Aperol spritz while watching the world go by on the lake. For a more adventurous time, head down to the dock in Bellagio and jump on a boat and go exploring. You can jump off at various stops, Varenna is a real highlight or head all the way down to Como and visit the Cathedral. Bellagio itself is well worth a some time. If you have an interest in cycling, meet the riders on day two at the church and museum. And eat. This is an incredible area for food - coffee, pasta, fish, pizza, coffee & gelato. What's not to love!