Cycling resources

Cycling resources for riding around the Northern Italian Lakes

Resources for the traveling cyclists. You'll find cycle tourism information, the inspiration and tools you need to get out on the roads around the Northern Italian Lakes.
Info for planning your own bike trip in Italy.

The page is divided in eight sections: last articles, cycle routes, maps and climbs, local events, tourist attractions, travel info and timetables, curiosities, other resources.
You can just click on the articles below to find information you could enjoy in and around the area.

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2019 Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine: race course map, route description

The UCI event is set for amateur cyclists. It will take place on the weekend of 5th and 6th October 2019 at Varese on roads used by 2018 Gran Fondo World Championships. Look at the route on Google Maps.

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Northern Italian Lakes map

A detailed digital map of Northern Italian Lakes for smartphone

You can download the digital map: Lake Maggiore, Lake Varese, Lake Lugano, Lake Como.

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Lake Maggiore cycle routes

Cycle routes close to Lake Maggiore: a cycling holiday destination

Lake Maggiore offers a true cycling holiday destination from April to October. Here you can find cycle routes, itineraries and resources around the Lake Maggiore. They are very popular with the local cyclists as well.

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Cycle routes Lake Lugano, Morcote

Cycle routes around Lake Lugano: a playground for cyclists

Lake Lugano is nestled between Lake Maggiore and Lake Como and lies partly in Switzerland and partly in Italy. It's surrounded by numerous villages, rolling routesand mountains offering splendid viewpoints and a true round cycling holiday destination. Cycle routes if you are a keen rider.

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Monte Campo dei Fiori Varese cycling

Cycling Varese: climbing up Sacro Monte and Monte Campo dei Fiori by bike is a must

On the top you can see the view of four lakes and Alpine chain. If the weather is good, you can see the Pianura Padana (Po Valley) and the tallest buildings in Milan as well.

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Cycle path Lake Varese

More than 100 kms of cycle paths for connecting the Lakes around Varese

Its network connects Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and the the other smaller lakes (Lake Varese, Lake Comabbio, Lake Ghirla and Lake Ganna). The cycle paths are flat and reserved for cyclists. Occasional uphill sections, which are never demanding, make the routes accessible even to less fit or experienced riders.

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bike tour Shrine Madonna del Ghisallo

Cycling Lake Como: Shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo

Visiting the Shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo is a must do for every cyclist. There are places in the world that boast to be the spiritual home of cycling: the Ghisallo, close to Lake Como, is one of these places

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Malcantone map

Cycling in Malcantone: cycle routes close to Lake Lugano

There are plenty of cycle routes all around Malcantone for cycling enthusiasts. Several road bike routes are waiting to be explored. Our cycle tours offer a chance to explore the green hills and mountains of Malcantone where you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views over Lake Lugano.

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Varese map

Digital map for garmin GPS device around the Northern Italian Lakes

You can get the digital map for garmin GPS device that can guide you over the roads around the Northen Italian Lakes .

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Cycling tour Cuvignone

The top 10 road cycling climbs close to Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano

Take a look at the charts if you want to tie challenging road cycling climbs with undulating routes in the foothills of the Swiss-Italian Pre-Alps . We have designed rides which can involve these climbs.

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Info about cycle routes across Northern Italian Lakes: Maps and climbs

Many cyclists ask us about tips and advices on cycle routes and maps about Lake Maggiore, Lake Varese, Lake Lugano, Lake Como.
We can suggest two maps: a digital map you can easily print, a paper map and a data base of Europe's climbs. That's pretty usefull info if you want to arrage your cycle routes or your cycling holiday across Northern Italy's Lake District: Lake Maggiore, Lake Varese, Lake Lugano, Lake Como.

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UCI road bicycle races 2019 in Northern Italian Lakes

Trophy Alfredo Binda - UCI Women's World Tour, Trofeo Da Moreno - UCI Nations Cup Women Junior, UCI Gran Fondo World Series Tre Valli Varesine, Tre Valli Varesine - UCI Europe Tour, Giro di Lombardia - UCI World Tour are the most important 2019 cycling events.

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Varese hosted the Gran Fondo World Championships in 2018

2,500 cyclists from around the world took part in the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships around the lakes near Varese.

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The best tourist attractions around Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and Varese: a Digital Tourist Map

Here's our digital tourist Map showing the best tourist attractions and info around Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and Varese at the foothills of the Alps in Northern Italy. Discover where to go, what to do and see off the bike.

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Varese: a perfect launchpad for your cycling holiday, but also Villas and Gardens to see

Nestled in the foothills of the Swiss-Italian Prealps, Varese is the perfect launchpad for your cycling holiday from which to explore by bike the cycle routes around Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano

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Tourist attraction close to Lake Maggiore: Villa Della Porta Bozzolo in Casalzuigno

During your cycling holiday you can see a 16th-Century wooded Press for squeezing, a Mill for grinding walnuts and hazelnuts for oil, the Wine Cellar with ancient casks and barrels, a 16th-Century refrigerator for storing foods.

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Tourist attractions in Varese: Villa Litta Menafoglio Panza

Varese and its hills offer cycle routes and tourist attractions: Sacro Monte di Varese (which is on the list of UNESCO Worldwide Heritage sites), Villa Litta Menafoglio Panza, Palace Estense and the Gardens

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Tourist attractions on Lake Maggiore: Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso

Not only biking here, during your cycling holiday. One of the main tourist attraction of the Lake Maggiore. Its position on the lake is extraordinary and particularly spectacular, at the foot of a formidable rock cliff.

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Monteviasco: a tiny village with no paved roads, no traffic lights, no cars

Monteviasco is perched on a hillside and appears like a remnant from an ancient civilization where the time has stopped. You can only get on foot or by cable car. We are in Veddasca Valley overlooking the town of Luino.

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Keen cyclists looking to cycle close to Lake Maggiore could climb up Arcumeggia village: an "open-air fresco gallery"

Arcumeggia is a small village near Casalzuigno that lies in the valley of Valcuvia. During your cycling holiday you can climb up there by bike throught two routes: from Porto Valtravaglia on the Lake Maggiore or from Casalzuigno in Valcuvia Valley.

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Cycling info: navigation on Lake Maggiore

Timetables (PDF) till 6th April 2019.
We are going to update the timetables by 6th April 2019. Useful info on how visit Lake Maggiore and its Borromean Islands with your own bike during your cycling holiday.

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Navigation on Lake Como: timetables and digital map

Timetables (PDF) till 23rd March 2019.
We are going to update the timetables by till 23rd March 2019.
In Winter the boat service doesn't work between Lecco and Bellagio.

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Many of the world’s top pro cyclists live in Northern Italy's Lake District

A good number of pro road cyclists have made their home here. The area around Lake Maggiore, Lake Varese, Lake Lugano is their playground, so you might at any moment see a famous cyclist ride past during your cycling holidaystrong>.

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AIS European Training Centre on Lake Varese The AIS European Training Center is located in town of Gavirate on Lake Varese. The location was chosen for its good climatic conditions, easy access to Malpensa international airport in Milan (29 km from Gavirate), quiet roads for training and travel to training facilities.
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Cycling Varese: Alfredo Binda and Luigi Ganna from Varese

A look at the local history of cycling during the early years of 20th Century. Alfredo Binda won five times the Giro d'Italia and three times the Road World Championships. Luigi Ganna won the first Giro d'Italia held in 1909.

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Cycle Brinzio: the legend of the whale in the Lake Brinzio.

There is a curious legend about it. Since then the lake became known as the “Whale Lake”.

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