Where to ride your bike in Swiss Italian Lakes

We’ve collected our usual bike rides around Lake Maggiore, Varese, Lugano, Como to help you easily experience the best of the Swiss Italian Lake District.
You can see where are the best roads and the best climbs in the area to help get you started with your planning for your cycling holiday.

ride your bike in Swiss Italian Lakes

We’ve gathered together our favourite cycle routes, whether you’re looking for a gentle ride with kids or a challenging climb.

If you are looking for one-day bike trip with a local guide around Swiss-Italian Lake District get in touch with us at info@lakesnorthernitalybiketours.com
Have a look at below.

1. Climbs

Map and list of Strava Climbing Segments
These cycling climbs are all on 100% surfaced roads and they are of different lengths and levels of difficulty. Huge variety of training climbs.

Top 10 toughest climbs close to Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano.
Take a look at the charts and the links on Strava.

2. A small website for you

We created a mini-website for our guests (routes, descriptions, info).
Ask our two hotels where we are based (Hotel Ungheria in Varese and Camin Hotel Colmegna on Lake Maggiore).

  1. we've written down the essential characteristics of 24 road bike routes that leave from our two bases. 12 from Varese and 12 from Colmegna.
  2. we've ordered them from the easiest to the most difficult. If you love climbing we've highlighted 8 separately for each starting base. 5 of them have options for the most demanding riders.
  3. we've drawn each route on Google MyMaps, so that you can select and study it alternately.,
  4. we've drawn all the routes on a digital PDF map you can download onto a smartphone, so that you can consult it offline during your daily ride.
  5. we can also provide you with the GPX files.
Swiss Italian Lakes ride your bike

3. Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine

The route is winding, among the Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore and Lake Varese and you have to to tackle several climbs: Alpe Tedesco, Ardena, Montegrino, Villaggio Olandese, Brinzio and Casbeno. You have to tackle six climbs in the long race course (Gran Fondo) and four climbs in the shorter race course (Medio Fondo).
Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine race course map, route description.

4. Bike rides in Switzerland

SwitzerlandMobility is a route planner for your rides in Switzerland. The routes are subdivided into international, national, regional and local categories.

5. Cycle paths around Varese

A cycle paths network connects Lake Varese, Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and the the other smaller lakes: Lake Comabbio, Lake Ghirla and Lake Ganna. More the 100km - 63mi of flat cycle paths. They are good for cyclists less fit or experienced.

cycling guide

Ride like a local with a cycling tour guide around Lake Maggiore, Lugano, Varese without spending hours searching for safe and nice cycling routes.
With us you’re never going to get lost, you always know where you are. Get in touch with us at info@lakesnorthernitalybiketours.com

We know the the roads like the back of our hand, so you can relax and enjoy the bike ride. Your cycling experience will be smooth, easy, and adventurous.
We can meet at the time you prefer and we can go on a bike ride, there’s plenty of places we can go and different length we can do. We can give you different options you can choose according to you fitness level.

How to get here

The area is accessed from the North via the Gotthard Pass or via Simplon Pass througt the Swiss Alps. From the South via Milan or Bergamo. It's also well-integrated into the Swiss rail network and into the Italian rail network. There’s Milan Malpensa Airport, Milano Linate Airport, Milan Bergamo Airport and a small airport in Lugano with flights from Geneva and Zurich.
How to get here

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