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Via dei Monti Lariani – long-distance hiking above Lake Como in Italy

Romy von Etappen-Wandern

Via dei Monti Lariani – long-distance hiking above Lake Como in Italy

Hiking Collection by Romy von Etappen-Wandern



44:35 h

88.0 mi

24,250 ft

The Via dei Monto Lariani is a long-distance hiking trail from above Lake Como in Italy. The route runs along the west side of the lake from the north shore to its south shore, taking around seven to nine days. It’s easy to lose yourself in the wonderful nature here as you really do hike off-the-beaten-track through remote areas. Fortunately, you have this Collection on hand to keep you on the trail.

Can a route that runs just a few kilometres from Lake Como really be exciting? After eight days hiking here, I can say with conviction that it absolutely is. The path is very varied: You hike through chestnut and beech woods, cross adventurous rivers and winding streams. The path reveals wonderful panoramas over the Italian Po Valley and over to the great Piz Bernina, standing at 4,000 metres (13,123 feet). You walk along old, stony paths that lead though gentle meadows. Sometimes, you come across old war installations from the First World War, or donkeys, cows, and goats. You can try and take a photo of the geckos and fire salamanders.

In short: The Via dei Monti Lariani is a great trail which makes mountain hiking really fun, especially in the low season. You can find all the stages here in this Collection. We hiked the trail in October, but we had to leave the trail twice to find accommodation as the ones along the way had already closed.

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Tours & Highlights

  • 02:15
    3.49 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,825 ft

    Oh yeah, you haven't heard from me for three whole weeks and I was actually quite lazy. I couldn't bring myself to go on a major hike. I wrote a lot of new articles for the blog, and the Bernina Tour has already been prepared 🤗 (Blog 👉 etappen-wandern.de). But now I have to go out again. The weather

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  • 07:54
    14.6 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,600 ft
    3,550 ft

    The second day is done! This Via dei Monti Lariani is a wild, adventurous path. There are none where bridges should be. This leads to wild river crossings and sometimes wet feet. There, where there should be paths, there are sometimes none at all and you make your way across the forest. Where there should

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  • 06:03
    11.9 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,725 ft
    3,750 ft

    Walking the Via dei Monti Lariani is a bit like a scavenger hunt for adults 😆. Sometimes the paths sink completely into the leaves, sometimes they end in a meadow and you have no idea where to start again. The markings are poor, but sometimes a point shows us the way, sometimes a cairn or a tin sign

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  • 06:23
    10.8 mi
    1.7 mph
    4,450 ft
    2,650 ft

    Wow, I didn't expect that from the path. Today there was even a real alpine feeling. Directly from the lake we climbed to the Sasso di Musso at 1,140 meters. Quite directly (without getting lost) we first went through the forest, then through the middle of an extremely cute herd of goats and at the end

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  • 05:54
    12.1 mi
    2.1 mph
    3,050 ft
    4,800 ft

    Oh, how nice it is when rain is announced and the sun shines almost all day. In addition, I didn't get lost once today, the premiere on Via dei Monti Lariani. On well-marked and developed paths I climbed a few meters again until I came to a place where I just couldn't explain to myself how it was supposed

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  • 04:26
    9.51 mi
    2.1 mph
    3,925 ft
    2,000 ft

    Today it was a few steep meters back to the way! It feels like we have hiked almost 1,000 meters in altitude with an incline of over 40 degrees. What is usually even fun on stepped paths, is something on flat surfaces that makes even well-trained hiking calves groan. Once at the top, there was not only

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  • 06:28
    14.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    3,300 ft
    3,250 ft

    The Via dei Monti Lariani has not yet shown itself as promising as it is today and this stage is definitely one of the nicer ones. We hiked for a long time above the tree line and looked to where the Alps end and the Italian Po plain begins - an unbelievable feeling. Especially when we turned the next

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  • 05:13
    11.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,375 ft
    4,250 ft

    Just walk from the north to the south shore of Lake Como, who can say that about themselves? Lotte can do it, so can I! Today, after eight days, 142 kilometers and 7,400 meters in altitude (ascent) we reached the end of Via dei Monti Lariani.


    Today's stage was certainly not the most beautiful of the way

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    88.0 mi
  • Duration
    44:35 h
  • Elevation
    24,250 ft

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