Lake Como Summer 2018 | Cycle Bella Italia

Lake Como Summer 2018:

 

Fall 2017

Benvenuti! Welcome to Cycle Bella Italia, the newsletter for those who are passionate about cycling through Italy! In this issue, we’re going to look at the amazing scenery, experiences, and fun you can have cycling at Lake Como. Once you’ve read about everything this area has to offer, we’d love for you to join us for a week of cycling. You’ll never experience anything like a cycling tour of Lake Como!

The Cycle Bella Italia Team

You can find all the information about our trips on our website at www.cyclebellaitalia.com. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and on Instagram to keep up with our latest news and to see some of our amazing photos of Italy. To learn more about Cycle Bella Italia and our upcoming 2018 trips, drop us an email at [email protected]

Plan Your 2018 with Us!

While 2017 hasn’t wrapped up just yet, we’re already preparing our cycling tours for the summer of 2018. We generally run cycling trips from June through July, so be sure to set aside some time to join us! Check our website often for information about the amazing plans we’re putting together for next year! We hope to see you join our Cycle Bella Italia team and experience everything a cycling tour of Italy has to offer.

Lake Como

Lake Como, known to residents as Lario, is a gorgeous lake located in the Lombardy region in Northern Italy. It’s actually the third-largest lake in the country and, at its deepest point, is more than 1,300 feet deep. During Roman times, the rich and the influential vacationed here. If it was worthy of the aristocracy and the royals of the time, you know it’s worth checking out! Today, Lake Como is a very popular destination for everyone, including the rich and famous. Need another reason to visit this gorgeous area? The Huffington Post named Lake Como the most beautiful lake in the entire world in 2014!

Como

Como is the main town that sits on the shores of Lake Como. It’s found on the southwest part of the lake. You’ll find a spectacular view of the Rhaetian Alps from any location in the town. These snow-covered peaks tower over the lake, creating a gorgeous backdrop to every photo you’ll take. They shrink down to wooded hills as they near the lake. These hills make a great place for cycling and hiking. Many wander through the area daily. Como itself is home to around 80,000 people, all of whom are quite friendly. It’s a charming town that is proud of its Roman roots.

The lake itself is often described as an upside down Y. Como is at the bottom of the left-hand “leg” of the Y, while the town of Lecco is on the opposite side. At the northern end, you’ll find Colico, and the closer you get to Colico, the steeper the terrain gets. It’s a challenging ride or walk in places, but it’s well worth it! Many of the villages up closer to the alps are popular skiing destinations. You might feel like replacing your wheels with a pair of skis for a day or two.

Nearby Towns

While you may be tempted to spend all of your time at south end of the lake, the other towns and villages around the lake are certainly worth visiting. Tremezzo is beautiful and is home to a gorgeous botanical garden. Menaggio on the Western shore of the lake isn’t as big of a tourist destination as some of the other towns, but it’s a nice place to get away and enjoy a leisurely afternoon in one of the excellent local restaurants. Bellagio, which sits at the center of the Y of Lake Como, is the hot tourist spot of the region. It’s busy, but it’s got a lot to offer visitors.

Lombardy Wine

The Lombardy region of Italy is known for a number of different wines. Many vineries are dotted around the shores of Lake Garda, while other vineries can be found south of Lake Iseo. In the Lake Como area, most grapes are grown in the hills to the north. The temperature here is quite mild, but the soil is very rich. Montevecchia, a small town about nine miles south of Lecco, is located here. Curone park is a popular place to visit in Montevecchia, and it’s also the town’s wine area. You’ll be able to enjoy some of the wine made in the Lombardy area here along with fresh goat cheese.

Lombardy produces two types of wine: sparkling Franciacorta and red Valtellina. The winemakers of the region continue to use many of the traditional winemaking processes that have been used in Italy for centuries. The Franciacorta wine appears similar to champagne and is known as the country’s best sparkling wine. It may not have the history that champagne does, but many love it.

Valtellina wine, on the other hand, is a cherry-scented wine. It’s made from Nebbiolo grapes and has a bright crimson color to it. It smells amazing, and it has a lovely taste, especially if the bottle you pick up is classified as a Valtellina Superiore – considered the best of the best.

Ready to Join Us?

While it’s not exactly cycling season yet, you can rest assured that we’re already planning our next tours through the Lake Como region. If you’re ready to see what this lovely area has to offer, we’d love to have you join us on our next tour.

Arriverderci! A Presto.

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