Discover centuries-old mountain villages along the hillside road overlooking Lake Como
The steep banks of Lake Como are criss-crossed with a labyrinthian network of mule tracks and trails that link the lakeside towns with places dubbed “Monti” – the centuries-old hillside villages where people eked out a meagre living off the mountain – before continuing up to the alpine pastures along the ridge.
This little-known yet incredibly picturesque itinerary takes you through some of the most beautiful, and in parts rugged, countryside to visit some of the best preserved mountain villages above the towns of Moltrasio and Urio.
Setting off from Monte di Lenno, we will be walking between 600 and 700 metres above sea level along the trail to Monte di Liscione. From there, we follow the mule track to Monte di Urio against the fantastic backdrop of Lake Como.
A hike through the peace and quiet of the woods and into memories of the hard life led by people trying to survive with what they could farm on the mountain.
Ready to walk with us?
EXPECTED DURATION: 5 hours – Departure: 9:00 – Finish: 14:30 approx.
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY (rated from 1 to 5): ▼▼▼
PHYSICAL RATING (rated from 1 to 5): ♥ ♥ ♥
ROUTE LENGTH: 6.5 km there and back
ELEVATION DIFFERENCE: 300 m
FROM: Monte di Lenno – Moltrasio
TO: Monte di Urio, and then back to Monte di Lenno
WHAT TO PACK: Hiking gear – we recommend hiking boots, a backpack, seasonally-appropriate clothing, telescopic trekking poles, water and food. Please don’t forget your mask and disinfectant.
The route is easy enough and without any particular technical difficulties, but we still ask that you are fit before attempting this hike.
The route may need to be changed based on the environmental conditions to ensure the safety of the entire group.
YOUR GUIDE FOR THIS EXCURSION: MARTINA TARONI, Interpretive nature guide
My name is Martina and I’m an interpretive nature guide (and a member of AIGAE – the Italian Association for Professional Interpretive Nature Guides).
I was born and raised in Moltrasio, a small village on the banks of Lake Como.
I’m excited to have the chance to show you the land I love and reveal its secrets and traditions.
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