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By bike from Menaggio to Porlezza

From Lake Como to Lake Lugano along the former railway line

Where
Ciclo pedonale Menaggio - Porlezza
Via IV Novembre, 101, Menaggio (CO)
Contacts
+ 39 0344 32924
Official site

This itinerary follows the traces of the former railway line that ran, from 1884 till 1939, between Menaggio and Porlezza connecting  Lake Como with Lake Lugano.

The route runs through the Val Menaggio, mainly on paved tracks, and touches the Lago di Piano Nature Reserve. It should be noted that some small sections run along roads used by local traffic.

The railway line between Menaggio and Porlezza was opened in 1884 in order to attract more tourists from northern Europe to the area. Arriving by train to Lugano the tourists were then transported by steamboat to Porlezza from where the train brought them to Menaggio. After World War I it became a simple working class transit system that lasted till 1939. After World War II the train line was abandoned.

  •   itinerary: Menaggio - Grandola - Bene Lario - Carlazzo - Porlezza
  •   starting point: Menaggio - boat dock in via IV Novembre
  •   length: 13,5 km
  •   altitude at departure: 200 m
  •   maximum height: 377 m
  •   total ascent: 250 m
  •   surface: for the most paved
  •   type of bike required: mountain or trekking bike

The former railway station of Menaggio is in Via IV Novembre, where today the grocery store called Consorzio Agrario stands, just next to the ferry dock. This is where this itinerary starts. Cross via IV Novembre and from the petrol station follow the indications leading to the Youth Hostel. From here continue straight on and, after 500 m at the fork, turn right and ascend the steep road that leads  along the side of Monte Crocetta.

In order to overcome the incline from Menaggio (207 m) to Cardano (377 m), the train would head south for about 600 m and reverse its direction on a siding (where the locomotive, after being separated, was turned on a turntable to be attached to the rear of the train) to continue northwards.

Continue straight on along Via Privata F.lli Castelli. Just past a new “residence” the via Privata Fratelli Castelli ends on the main State road 340 which connects Menaggio with Lugano. Cross it paying attention to the heavy traffic, and follow it to the left, uphill, for just 50m. At the next bend pick up the cycle/pedestrian lane.

The track enters a valley and passes a 90 m long tunnel. At the fork ignore the road to
the right leading down to the Agriturismo Barcola and continue left. Shortly ahead the track ends onto the SP road of Grandola ed Uniti. Turn right and then immediately left into Via Roma in the direction of the villages (frazioni) of Grandola ed Uniti (beware of local traffic). After 300 m turn left onto Via Gonte.

Once at Gonte, turn left onto Via Cascinello Rosso that finishes after another 400 m on the state road 340. Cross it with caution and follow the signs for Bene Lario / Grona and after 200 m pick up the cycle path on the right. You skirt a plain called Binadone flanked by the woody slopes of Monte Crocione (1640 m) and Monte Galbiga.

Near the village of Grona the track ends. Continue to the right along Via Cascine. When you get to an intersection, take the cycle track right in front of you (sign for Lago di Piano) entering the Nature Reserve Lago di Piano. Pass behind the campsite Ranocchio and just past its entrance continue along the little lake called Lago di Piano. Soon you reach the visitor centre Casa della Riserva with an information office and a small ecomuseum (for information tel. 0344 74961). In front of the office there are some nice picnic tables with view of the lake.

On the left you notice the hillock called Brione with the Castel S. Pietro at its top. We recommend a small detour in order to visit this old settlement with its houses clustered close to each other. The stone wall and the narrow passages give the idea of a fortress, which is what it used to be in the Middle Ages.

Continuing on the track you will cross a wooden bridge over the river Cuccio. Follow the course of the river until you reach the main road SP14. Continue to the right for approximately 100 m and then cross the main road and turn into Via Prati that leads to the residential complex called "Porto Letizia.” On the left side of the main building take the path that skirts Lake Lugano. After crossing the bridge over the river Val Rezzo, go down some steps to resume the continuation of the lake side promenade that leads to the center of Porlezza. Back the same way.
 

 


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Places

Church of S. Marta

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Church of S. Marta
314 mt

Walking tour through Menaggio

Historical itinerary along the main sites of the town
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Piazza Garibaldi
343 mt

Villa mylius vigoni

Rich of suggestions, memories and ancient trees, the park of Villa Vigoni is one of the best preserved romantic gardens in Lombardy
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Villa Mylius Vigoni
498 mt

Il Rogolone

The big oak tree
Il Rogolone
498 mt

Monument to the silk weaver

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Monumento alla Tessitrice
498 mt

Itinerario a quiz per Menaggio

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medieval sculpture
498 mt

Parish church of S. Stefano

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S. Stefano
519 mt

Centre and lakeside of Menaggio

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Centre and lakeside of Menaggio
677 mt

La Crocetta

The trenches of the Linea Cadorna
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View from the Crocetta
843 mt

The Val Sanagra Park

A beautiful territory close to Menaggio
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Val Sanagra Park - Mulino Carliseppi
1.53 km

L'Antica Strada Regina

On foot from Menaggio to Rezzonico along the ancient pilgrim route
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Castello di Rezzonico
1.76 km

Menaggio e Cadenabbia Golf Club

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Menaggio Cadenabbia Golf Club, Grandola e Uniti (CO)
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The Rogolone and the Rogolino

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The Rogolone and the Rogolino
2.58 km

Villa Carlotta

Villa Carlotta, located on the shores of Lake Como near the village of Tremezzo, is a triumph of natural and architectural beauty.
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Villa Carlotta
3.5 km

The Plane Trees of Villa Carlotta

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The Plane Trees of Villa Carlotta
3.5 km

Tremezzina

It's a village-garden on Lake Como: let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of the villas and parks, with their colours and perfumes.
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Vista di Tremezzina (CO)
3.68 km

Church of San Giorgio

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Chiesa di San Giorgio Varenna
3.71 km

Villa serbelloni

In the village of Bellagio, "the pearl of Lake Como", is home to one of the most evocative historical residences of the Lario
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Villa serbelloni
3.73 km

Village of Varenna

The Village of Varenna is divided into a grid of streets that steeply slope down towards Lake Como.
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Village of Varenna
3.74 km

Museo di ceramiche antiche Giuseppe Gianetti

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Museo Giuseppe Gianetti
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Events

Creativamente... i giochi di una volta Artigianato e creatività

Piazza della Chiesa
Piazza della Chiesa, 22021 Bellagio (CO)
04/06/2024 - 24/09/2024
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3.84 km

Art Exhibition "Stanza" by Nancy Cadogan

Torre delle arti
Salita Plinio 25, Bellagio (CO)
12/05/2024 - 05/08/2024
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Art Exhibition "Stanza" by Nancy Cadogan
3.91 km

Aperitivi musicali - Artem Dzdganovskyi – violino classico

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Viale Giovanni Polvani 4, 23829, Varenna (LC)
20/06/2024
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Aperitivi musicali - Artem Dzdganovskyi – violino classico
3.91 km

All'ombra del lago... di cieli, di terra e di acqua

Villa Monastero
Viale Polvani, 4
24/05/2024 - 23/06/2024
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All'ombra del lago... di cieli, di terra e di acqua
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Aperitivi musicali - Ethel Colella – arpa

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Viale Giovanni Polvani 4, 23829, Varenna (LC)
27/06/2024
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Aperitivi musicali - Ethel Colella – arpa
3.91 km

Aperitivi musicali - Massimo Barossi – Piano e Violino

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Viale Giovanni Polvani 4, 23829, Varenna (LC)
11/07/2024
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Aperitivi musicali - Massimo Barossi – Piano e Violino
3.91 km

Aperitivi musicali - Kateryna Bannyk – violoncello

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18/07/2024
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Aperitivi musicali - Kateryna Bannyk – violoncello
3.91 km

Aperitivi musicali - Kateryna Poteriaieva – violino classico

Villa Monastero
Viale Giovanni Polvani 4, 23829, Varenna (LC)
25/07/2024
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Aperitivi musicali - Kateryna Poteriaieva – violino classico
3.91 km

Botanica dei sentimenti: erbari, miniature, paesaggi di lago, nell'età di Manzoni

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Viale Giovanni Polvani 4, 23829, Varenna (LC)
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3.91 km

Summer Baby Dance

Parco di San Giovanni
Via Papa Giovanni XXIII, 4, 22021 Bellagio CO, Italia
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Da Bellano a Dorio: Castelli e torrenti sul sentiero del Viandante (quinta tappa)

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Art and music in North Lake Como - San Siro

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La montagna più bella del mondo

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Le pietre raccontano.. quando il lago era mare

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Simona Colonna

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Simona Colonna
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Inaugurazione del progetto "in & out nel cuore della Grigna"

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Escursione al rifugio Bietti: sul Grignone magie della natura e panorami infinit

Cainallo
27/10/2024
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Escursione al rifugio Bietti: sul Grignone magie della natura e panorami infinit
7.89 km

Cantarresistenza

Campo Sportivo
20/06/2024
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Cantarresistenza
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Tappa più poetica del sentiero del Viandante

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Tappa più poetica del sentiero del Viandante
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Sagra del Misultin

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28/06/2024 - 30/06/2024
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Sagra del Misultin
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Activities

E-bike Tour with Lunch in Valsolda, Lake Lugano

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Tour Menaggio's Most Magical Lake Views in E-bike

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E-bike Tour of Three Lakes and Idyllic Mountain Life

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E-bike Tour of Three Lakes and Idyllic Mountain Life
1.98 km

E-bike Classic Lake Como Villages with a Local Touch

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E-bike Classic Lake Como Villages with a Local Touch
1.98 km

Villas and Flavors of Lake Como

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Villas and Flavors of Lake Como
3.63 km

Cruise & Dinner from Varenna

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Bellagio Travel Guide: the complete guide

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VARENNA AND ITS HAMLETS and olive oil tasting

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Bellagio, the pearl of lake Como

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Bellagio, the pearl of lake Como
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Let's taste Como Lake

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Let's taste Como Lake
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VILLA DEL BALBIANELLO AND SACRO MONTE IN OSSUCCIO along the Greenway

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VILLA DEL BALBIANELLO AND SACRO MONTE IN OSSUCCIO along the Greenway
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Paragling Tandem on Lake Como with Flylibell

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Paragling Tandem on Lake Como with Flylibell
10.31 km

Cook with us - Lake Como

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Cook with us - Lake Como
13.35 km

Where to sleep

CASA VACANZE DI REYNA ALBERTO

MENAGGIO
CASA VACANZE DI REYNA ALBERTO
5 mt

APPARTAMENTO MOLLY DI CARONTI ELENA

MENAGGIO
APPARTAMENTO MOLLY DI CARONTI ELENA
5 mt

LA VALLETTA HOLYDAY APARTMENT di REJNA ALBERTO

Menaggio
LA VALLETTA HOLYDAY APARTMENT di REJNA ALBERTO
5 mt

GRAND HOTEL MENAGGIO

Menaggio
GRAND HOTEL MENAGGIO
5 mt

Locazione di Alexis Negro

Menaggio
Locazione di Alexis Negro
9 mt

VILLA GIULIANA DI CASARIU ROXANA VASILICA

Menaggio
VILLA GIULIANA DI CASARIU ROXANA VASILICA
9 mt

LARIO ELEGANTE di Cereghini Nicoletta

Menaggio
LARIO ELEGANTE di Cereghini Nicoletta
21 mt

L'APPRODO DI MUZZU MARTIS DEBORAH (sub 5)

MENAGGIO
L'APPRODO DI MUZZU MARTIS DEBORAH (sub 5)
80 mt

1660 CASA DANIELE - LOGISTICA SERVIZI E CONSULENZE S.A.S. (sub 703)

Menaggio
1660 CASA DANIELE - LOGISTICA SERVIZI E CONSULENZE S.A.S. (sub 703)
80 mt

CASA MIRA AL LAGO di FRAQUELLI ALBERTO

Menaggio
CASA MIRA AL LAGO di FRAQUELLI ALBERTO
85 mt

APPARTAMENTO MARGHERITA di Roveda Gisella

Menaggio
APPARTAMENTO MARGHERITA di Roveda Gisella
86 mt

Golden View di Goldman Neil Allan

MENAGGIO
Golden View di Goldman Neil Allan
95 mt

BELLA MENAGGIO TERRAZZO di GORE IAN ANDREW (sub 8)

Menaggio
BELLA MENAGGIO TERRAZZO di GORE IAN ANDREW (sub 8)
104 mt

VILLA PAOLA - HOLIDAY APARTMENT di Dell'Oro Alessandro

MENAGGIO
VILLA PAOLA - HOLIDAY APARTMENT di Dell'Oro Alessandro
122 mt

ZIPPITY DOO DAH - MENAGGIO HOME DI CAGNETTA GIORGIA (708)

MENAGGIO
ZIPPITY DOO DAH - MENAGGIO HOME DI CAGNETTA GIORGIA (708)
135 mt

APARTMENT TAMARA SUITE DI PESSAH DIKLA (705)

MENAGGIO
APARTMENT TAMARA SUITE DI PESSAH DIKLA (705)
135 mt

CASA DOLCE CASA 2 DI BOZZATO LORIS (sub 708)

MENAGGIO
CASA DOLCE CASA 2 DI BOZZATO LORIS (sub 708)
135 mt

MENAGGIO CON 3 BALCONI DI RAYBOULD JULIA FRANCES B. (713)

MENAGGIO
MENAGGIO CON 3 BALCONI DI RAYBOULD JULIA FRANCES B. (713)
135 mt

APPARTAMENTO MENAGGIO DI GUIDO SAMPIETRO

Menaggio
APPARTAMENTO MENAGGIO DI GUIDO SAMPIETRO
135 mt

CAV DI CAPPELLETTI ANTONIO (708)

Menaggio
CAV DI CAPPELLETTI ANTONIO (708)
135 mt