Valsassina by bike

Whole day

Trail time: about an hour on MTB or 2 hours on foot.

How: the Milan-Lecco train, then the D35 bus to Pasturo

From the small, picturesque old town centre of Pasturo1, pedal towards Pialeral2, following signs marked 33

But if you prefer to walk, cool beech copses will shade you from the sun and the heat

Enjoy the scenery and recharge your batteries at the Rifugio Antonietta3, taste their pizzoccheri and polenta oncia with cheese and butter, and do not forget to order a Coppa dell’Amicizia

On the way back, make sure you leave time to stop at the Formaggeria Carozzi4, the historic cheese outlet in Pasturo where you will fall in love with Prealpine flavours and aromas

Half day

How: the Milan-Lecco train, then follow signs for Malgrate

Take a trip to the Quadreria Bovara Reina1, a fine gallery for lovers of beautiful art

Check out Lotto52, a young, cool location for events and coworking. Pause to enjoy an American-style coffee, a chat or simply to have a look

Take a selfie with the Tato Gelato3 super cone and the girls in this ice cream shop, from March to October

Enjoy the lakeside walk4 designed by architect Stefano Santambrogio


Malgrate, art and design


Mandello vintage

Whole day

How: the Milan-Tirano train for Mandello del Lario

Just 10 minutes on foot from the station, breakfast on petit fours and mini pastries from Amerigo1, bar and cake shop belonging to Amerigo and Mina Alippi. They only serve top-quality traditional artisan pastries and cakes, the “old school” style and great passion of Pastry Chef Amerigo and his family combining to delight you with unique, unforgettable sweet treats

Go hunting for curios at the Antique Market2 on the third Sunday in the month, from March to October, in Piazza Mercato

Take a walk through the gardens and around the lakeside and enjoy the sights in Mandello

Have lunch in the courtyard of the Mamma Ciccia restaurant3. Discover the taste of “home”, the simple tastes which convey the message: “we take care of you!”

In the afternoon, visit the historic Moto Guzzi Museum4

Intera giornata

Trail time: 3h

How: the Milan-Tirano train for Bellano with return from Varenna

Just 5 minutes on foot from Bellano station, visit the Orrido1, a natural gorge created by the River Pioverna. Where water, rock and sky meet up to show you the force of Nature

Take a selfie with the Cà del Diavol, the historic hexagonal tower of mysterious origins at the entrance to the Orrido di Bellano, first mentioned in the Rosa Vermiglia in 1656

Continue along the Sentiero del Viandante2, the “wayfarer’s path”, towards Varenna and admire other beautiful natural sights that merge and interact with human contributions, both sacred and profane

Along the way, stop at Vezio Castle3 and visit its dungeons, take a walk around its wall and admire the 360° view of Lake Como. Do not miss the birds of prey flown by the castle falconry team

Have lunch at the Cavatappi restaurant and taste their trout tartare and whitefish ravioli

In the afternoon, enjoy the botanical gardens of Villa Monastero4 and visit its 14 late nineteenth-century museum rooms


From Bellano to Varenna


Relaxing in Brianza

Whole day

Trail time: 1h

How: in train from Milan-Lecco to Olgiate-Calco-Brivio

From the station in Olgiate Molgora, head towards Parco Curone1. If pedalling is your passion, cycle to Cascina Galbusera Nera via Spiazzo. Or take the C46 bus and then continue on foot along the Malpensata

Have lunch at the Cascina on Sundays and discover Brianza2 through its food, with their menu of seasonal, local dishes and produce

In the afternoon, enjoy a well-earned rest at the Ti Sana Detox Retreat3 with a wellness programme, massages or therapeutic, curing and beauty treatments to recharge your batteries. You can easily walk to Ti Sana or go by bike

Bring the day to a close with an aperitif at Le Palme4, lounge bar with outside tables