The Monte Piatto trail linking the gems of Brunate and Torno
We take the funicular from Como up to Brunate, at 700 m, the famous “balcony” overlooking the city and lake. From there, a picturesque trail branches off through the woods on the eastern bank of Lake Como and leads up to Monte Piatto, a characterful hamlet above Torno that is very well kept and still partly inhabited today.
The trails winds its way through some ancient hamlets – Monti di Blevio, Monti di Sorto, and Monti di Cazzanore – and often the dense woodland reveals glimpses across the lake below.
Strolling through the hamlet of Monte Piatto we find the Church of St. Elizabeth, where we can enjoy stupendous panoramic views over the arm of the lake that extends north. This is also where we can see the fascinating Pietra Pendula, which is an enormous glacial erratic perched precariously on top of a smaller boulder.
For our descent back to Torno we follow an ancient stepped mule track all the way down to the jetty where the ferry awaits to take us back to Como. Once on the ferry, we can enjoy a view of the hillside we have just explored from the lake.
Ready to walk with us?
EXPECTED DURATION: 6 hours – Departure: 9:00 – Finish: 15:30 approx.
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY (rated from 1 to 5): ▼▼▼
PHYSICAL RATING (rated from 1 to 5): ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
ROUTE LENGTH: 8.5 km
ELEVATION DIFFERENCE: 300 m on the way up, 800 m on the way down
FROM: Brunate (we take the funicular from Como to Brunate)
TO: Torno (then we return to Como by ferry)
WHAT TO PACK: The following hiking gear is a must – hiking boots, a backpack, seasonally-appropriate clothing (including a change of clothes, warm clothing and a packable raincoat in case the weather turns). Trekking poles are recommended. Please don’t forget your mask and disinfectant.
Packed lunch; plenty of water.
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.
Participants are asked to purchase their own tickets for the funicular up to Brunate and the ferry back to Como.
YOUR GUIDE FOR THIS EXCURSION: CHIARA DI ADAMO, Mountain Leader
A qualified Mountain Leader recognised by the Lombardy Mountain Guide Association.
Having grown up in the countryside, the highlands and mountain air soon became my true passion in life. From Spina Verde I broadened my horizons to the Alpine Range and beyond.
My favourite way to travel is on foot or MTB; wherever I go the mountains are my home and touchstones in life!
I am also a Nordic walking instructor, an e-bike/MTB guide, and a guide for the Orobie Valtellinesi Park.
The thing I really love most about my job is seeing that special, wonderful sparkle of joy in people’s eyes when they see the beauty of the world!
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