Strava users have created and labelled numerous Strava Cycling segments in the Swiss-Italian Lake District. We've rounded up several of them in an effort to convince people to consider cycling around Lake Maggiore, Lugano and VareseRead More
Cycling resources for riding around the Northern Italian Lakes
Resources for the travelling cyclists. You'll find cycle tourism information, the inspiration and tools you need to get out on the roads around the Northern Italian Lakes. Info for planning your own bike trip.
If you are thinking about visiting the area, there is so much here for cyclists. Read on for getting the most from Italian and Swiss lakes if you’re coming here to explore the mountains and the valleys around by road bike.
We are going to update the page or we are going to improve the articles quite often so you can share the best cycling experience around the lakes.
The page is divided in seven sections:
- Last articles
- Cycling routes
- Maps and climbs
- Local events
- Tourist attractions
- Travel info and timetables
You can just click on the articles below to find information you could enjoy in and around the area.
The network of roads created to connect the glacial lakes between Italy and Switzerland provides the perfect setting for road cycling adventuresRead More
Look at the bike map of Northern Lake Maggiore: eight suggested bike routes and climbs along the valleys around Locarno and Ascona in SwitzerlandRead More
Lake Maggiore offers a true cycling holiday destination from April to October. Here you can find cycle routes, itineraries and resources around the Lake Maggiore. They are very popular with the local cyclists as well.Read More
Lake Lugano is nestled between Lake Maggiore and Lake Como and lies partly in Switzerland and partly in Italy. It's surrounded by numerous villages, rolling routesand mountains offering splendid viewpoints and a true round cycling holiday destination. Cycle routes if you are a keen rider.Read More
On the top you can see the view of four lakes and Alpine chain. If the weather is good, you can see the Pianura Padana (Po Valley) and the tallest buildings in Milan as well.Read More
The Province di Varese is the area that lies between the Lake Maggiore and the Lake Lugano. Cycling around Varese gives you a great variety of different terrains as well as some of the best views of the surrounding landscape. The area offers something for everybody: some flat riding, undulating routes, good climbing.Read More
There are plenty of cycle routes all around Malcantone for cycling enthusiasts. Several road bike routes are waiting to be explored. Our cycle tours offer a chance to explore the green hills and mountains of Malcantone where you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views over Lake Lugano.Read More
Visiting the Shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo is a must do for every cyclist. There are places in the world that boast to be the spiritual home of cycling: the Ghisallo, close to Lake Como, is one of these placesRead More
If you're mainly cycling on-road or use your race bicycle, then you can install directly the roadie-italy map to your GPS device.Read More
You can download the digital map: Lake Maggiore, Lake Varese, Lake Lugano, Lake Como.Read More
You can get the digital map for garmin GPS device that can guide you over the roads around the Northen Italian Lakes .Read More
Take a look at the charts if you want to tie challenging road cycling climbs with undulating routes in the foothills of the Swiss-Italian Pre-Alps . We have designed rides which can involve these climbs.Read More
We have put together a small collection of digital maps you can easily print, paper maps, info regarding cycling routes and climbs across Northern Italy's Lake District.Read More
The UCI event is set for amateur cyclists. It will take place on the weekend of 5th and 6th October 2019 at Varese on roads used by 2018 Gran Fondo World Championships. Look at the route on Google Maps.Read More
Trophy Alfredo Binda - UCI Women's World Tour, Trofeo Da Moreno - UCI Nations Cup Women Junior, UCI Gran Fondo World Series Tre Valli Varesine, Tre Valli Varesine - UCI Europe Tour, Giro di Lombardia - UCI World Tour are the most important 2019 cycling events.Read More
2,500 cyclists from around the world took part in the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships around the lakes near Varese.Read More
Here's our digital tourist Map showing the best tourist attractions and info around Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and Varese at the foothills of the Alps in Northern Italy. Discover where to go, what to do and see off the bike.Read More
Nestled in the foothills of the Swiss-Italian Prealps, Varese is the perfect launchpad for your cycling holiday from which to explore by bike the cycling routes around Lake Maggiore and Lake LuganoRead More
During your cycling holiday you can see a 16th-Century wooded Press for squeezing, a Mill for grinding walnuts and hazelnuts for oil, the Wine Cellar with ancient casks and barrels, a 16th-Century refrigerator for storing foods.Read More
Varese and its hills offer cycle routes and tourist attractions: Sacro Monte di Varese (which is on the list of UNESCO Worldwide Heritage sites), Villa Litta Menafoglio Panza, Palace Estense and the GardensRead More
Not only biking here, during your cycling holiday. One of the main tourist attraction of the Lake Maggiore. Its position on the lake is extraordinary and particularly spectacular, at the foot of a formidable rock cliff.Read More
Monteviasco is perched on a hillside and appears like a remnant from an ancient civilization where the time has stopped. You can only get on foot or by cable car. We are in Veddasca Valley overlooking the town of Luino.Read More
Arcumeggia is a small village near Casalzuigno that lies in the valley of Valcuvia. During your cycling holiday you can climb up there by bike throught two routes: from Porto Valtravaglia on the Lake Maggiore or from Casalzuigno in Valcuvia Valley.Read More
If you need info about maps and timetables to get around by train across Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Varese.Read More
Timetables (PDF) till 13th October 2019.
We are going to update the timetables by 13th October 2019. Useful info on how visit Lake Maggiore and its Borromean Islands with your own bike during your cycling holiday.
Timetables (PDF) till 25th May 2019.
We are going to update the timetables by 25th May 2019. Read More
A good number of pro road cyclists have made their home here. The area around Lake Maggiore, Lake Varese, Lake Lugano is their playground, so you might at any moment see a famous cyclist ride past during your cycling holidaystrong>.Read More
A look at the local history of cycling during the early years of 20th Century. Alfredo Binda won five times the Giro d'Italia and three times the Road World Championships. Luigi Ganna won the first Giro d'Italia held in 1909.Read More
There is a curious legend about it. Since then the lake became known as the “Whale Lake”.Read More
Get in touch if you are interested in doing one-day bike trips with a guide around Varese. Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano.Read More