Lake Como walking tour

Lake Como is the most romantic of the Italian lakes and with its excellent hotels and extensive network of ancient paths, is the perfect place for a Hidden Italy walk!

Lake Como is the most sophisticated and interesting of the Italian lakes, it is also the most beautiful. A deep glacial lake surrounded by soaring mountains, Lake Como stretches from the Swiss Alps to the Po River and has drawn visitors since Roman times.  Wooded mountain slopes protect the lake from extremes of temperature and lush gardens abound.  Regular ferries buzz across the water linking the small towns and ports.

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You'll spend the first four days based in a delightful little town on the shores of the lake, with views up towards Switzerland. From here you'll take a ferry ride to spend two nights in Bellagio, the jewel of Lake Como and considered the most beautiful town in Italy.

The walks

The walks

This is a Grade 3 Walk (click here for details).  It follows marked routes along a combination of paved stone paths and unsealed roads. As the paths are above the lakes there are long climbs to get to the start of each one. The walks are three and half to four hours but all of them can be shortened by using the very efficient local transport (ferries or buses). 

Each walk reveals a different side of this fascinating area's history and traditions: a beautiful lake side route that follows a stone medieval trading path through forests and villages above the eastern shore; a loop walk that follows an old smugglers' routes above the western side of the lake  up through oak forests to open farmlands with breath-taking views into Switzerland; an interesting walk through the villages that surround Bellagio; and, as a grande finale, an extraordinary walk in the mountains above Bellagio with endless views.

Please note that we have added an additional walk (fantastic 3.5 hour hike to a small chapel with spectacular views over the whole lake and mountains) that can be comfortably slotted in on Days 3 or 5.

The self-guided itineraries are rewalked and the notes updated each year.


The accommodation

The accommodation

Hidden Italy uses the best accommodation available.  On Lake Como this means excellent centrally located, family-run, romantic hotels, with whom we've been working for years.  All rooms have en suite bathrooms, air conditioning and generous breakfasts.


The food

The food

Forget pizzas and tomato-based suaces, lake cuisine specilaises in risotto, polenta, fresh-caught fish and wild mushrooms in butter.  The historical emphasis here has been on hearty fare to fuel a day's hard work, making the most of local ingredients, be they corn from the fields; Alpine cheeses from the cattle and goat herds in the mountains; or even frogs from the marshes.  However, the key ingredients here are fresh lake fish, which include persico (perch), luccio (pike), lavarello (lavarel) and trout, all best served simply (perhaps fried in butter with sage leaves) to preserve their delicate flavour.  There are also some interesting wines produced around the lake.

Generous breakfasts are included each day (you'll need them for your walks).  Hidden Italy will provide you with a curated list with descriptions and locations of three to four restaurants for each town/village you visit (from fancy to more relaxed).  This information will be on the Hidden Italy walking App and you will be able to book your meals directly through the App.

Support on the walk

Support on the walk

To guide you through this wonderful walk, you will receive:  the Hidden Italy roadbook (an eighty-page A5 booklet that includes comprehensive daily walking notes accompanied by detailed maps, updated and revised each year);  access to the exclusive Hidden Italy App to complement the roadbook (the App is downloadable to Apple and Android devices and features information about the routes: maps, GPS tracks, altimetric profiles, etc; GPS navigation on all the routes; an alert function if you stray off the track; and an emergency function);  twenty-four-hour phone support from our Florence-based Operations Manager.

Booking conditions

To confirm the booking, a deposit of 25% of the total booking cost is required within 7 days of the issue of the invoice.  Please note that in the event of customer cancellation, deposits are refunded, less a cancellation fee of $500 per person per tour.  Click here for full T&C’s

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This 7 day tour based on Lake Como can be personalised to meet your interests and travel dates.

  • Cost


    per person
  • Six nights accommodation in excellent lake-side hotels
  • All breakfasts included
  • Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
  • Maps and detailed walking instructions
  • Hidden Italy App with GPS to complement the roadbook
  • 24 hour backup from local manager
  • City taxes are not included in the cost of the tour 

Cost Options

$2850 b&b per person

Single Supplement: $800


** Please note a high season surcharge may apply.

Tour costs quoted are in Australian dollars (AUD)



"The tour most certainly lived up to our expectations. Lake Como is a wonderful part of Italy with absolutely spectacular scenery, great food and very friendly people ... we loved our visit to Lake Como!"

– Richard S, Lake Como walk

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