There are numerous walks and hikes in and around Lake Como. Whether you just want to take a gentle stroll through some of the quaint villages or a more challenging hike up through the mountains. You will be able to pick up information leaflets on walks in and around the area.
One of the popular walks (which can be quite steep in parts) is the walk up to the chapel of San Martino behind the village of Griante, the views are spectacular.
Monte di Tremezzo (1700 metres) is a bit of a challenge but with excellent views. Be prepared for an all day hike and a traverse through a tunnel right through the cliff (small torch advisable) up to the domed summit. The descent is easier as there is an old military road from the summit down to the slopes of Argegno. You can then take the funicular from these slopes near Argegno down to the lakeside if you wish.
From Varenna, there is a well signposted walk that leads up to a ruined medieval castle (castle vezio) perched right above the settlement. From there you can walk through woods and an olive grove, to the shortest river in Italy, Fiumelatte, which rushes from a cave a couple of hundred feet above the village of the same name and only runs from March to October.
For the more adventurous, there are hiking paths ‘off piste’ which are quite overgrown and rugged, but for the scenery aspect, nothing will match it! Monte Grona near Menaggio, Grigne Mountains around Lecco and the Legnone mountains around Colico are all popular hikes. Ranging from 1736 – 2600 metres. It is recommended that for some of these hikes that you go with an experienced guide.
If you want to see some wonderful lake views without having to hike up the mountain then you can take the funicular from Como up to Brunate (700 metres) or from Argegno up to Pigra (881 metres).
Jungle Raider Park which is located approximately 12km up the mountain from Bellagio is an adventure park for children and adults where you can walk amongst the treetops and offers obstacle courses.
A nice walk for the children (and of course adults) is to the ‘Rogolone’ which is a very large and old tree located in the woodlands in Grandola Ed Uniti. To get there from Menaggio, follow the signs for Porlezza. Once you pass Croce at the top of the hill, Grandola Ed Uniti is the next village along on your right. Take this turning and you will see that the road forks, veer to the left and follow the road up, once you pass the second hair-pin bend, you will see a school and the ‘municipio’ (town hall) and a large children’s play area on your left. You can park here. There are brown signposts for the Rogolone, just follow the path. The walk to the tree is approximately 40 minutes and there are some beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and also the valley where you can see Lake Lugano.
For your own safety, check the weather conditions or ask an expert before going up into the mountains. If possible let someone know what route you are taking incase of an emergency. Ensure that you have the correct clothing as the weather can change quickly up in mountains.
* Beware of wild boars in the forests surrounding the lake.