When you visit Lake Como, no matter the reason of your trip, where you are from, how old you are, you will surely come back home with two unforgettable imaged in your head: blue waters and green mountains “plunging” steeply into the lake.
Here in Lake Como, the lake and the mountains surrounding it have been combined by nature in a uniquely beautiful way.
All along the 46km-long (29 miles) Alpine lake, mountains create different scenarios and stunning landscapes.
Around the city of Como and all the way to Bellagio and Argegno, in the Southern part of the lake, almost all mountains are covered by woods and the coast plunges sharply into the lake. Some of these mountains, at a first glance, seem totally free of any human presence.
In reality, hidden by a thick vegetation, there are true gems, a heritage of local history, anecdotes, old buildings and many panoramic points from where you can enjoy a breath-taking view.
You can find hamlets, old military roads, relics of an old rural economy and much more. When you walk through these mountains you can really relax and take a break from the stress of daily life.
Here is what Francesca, an official Guide from Hiking Como Lake, suggests as a possible one-day (or half-day) activity, to make the most of your stay in Como.
“I suggest you find out a little time in your vacation for the exploration of these gems. Find a day, or just a half day, to hike in the fantastic scenery of Lake Como, you will be immersed in a gorgeous natural environment and this experience will give your stay a unique vibe and it will become the “jem” of your memories linked to Lake Como.
If you want to enjoy the emotion that a hike in the mountains of Lake Como offers you, feeling safe and in good hands, the best thing is to rely on a Certified Hiking Guide. A guide offers you a personalized hike that is in line with your requirements, needs and hiking skills. Our small team of local Certified Guides will explain to you what you see and find along the hike, be it a funny-looking berry or the remains of war trenches. Your Guide also knows the most panoramic spots on the trail.”
In Lombardy (the region of Lake Como area) the Certified Hiking Guide is called “Accompagnatore di Media Montagna”. This title gives you the guarantee, that the guide who leads you on a hike has completed an official training program (by the Alpine Board) to guide people hiking in mountains. Certified guides learn how to organize a hike, how to manage groups of people during hikes, and how to face and solve problems that can happen outdoors and while hiking.
Experience, passion and safety
The added value of a Certified Hiking Guide goes through the ability to organize the best customized hike for you. Not every hike can suit everybody. Your guide will assess your fitness level before choosing the right itinerary. Your Guide will ask what type of hike you are looking for and how much time you have. She (or he) will be able to offer you a tailor-made guided hike that suits you and your group’s abilities.
Certified and Local. A local Certified Guide, who was born and has grown up in the Lake Como territory will lead you through “her” mountains with great enthusiasm and passion: it is hard to explain the bond that local guided have to their territory, but it is a bond that turns into great passion and enthusiasm when they accompany travelers on a hike. So if you are looking for a truly authentic way to get to know a bit more about this beautiful corner of the World, book a guided hike 🙂
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