Cycling resources

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 the Swiss and Italian 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:

  1. Cycling routes and climbs
  2. Maps
  3. Local events
  4. Tourist attractions
  5. Travel info and timetables
  6. Curiosities
  7. Other resources

You can just click on the articles below to find information you could enjoy in and around the area.

Road cycling climbs Italy

The top 10 road cycling climbs close to Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano

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.

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Cycling Swiss Italian lakes, Lake Maggiore

Cycling in the Italian and Swiss Lakes

The network of roads created to connect the glacial lakes between Italy and Switzerland provides the perfect setting for road cycling adventures

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Bike rides on Lake Maggiore

Eight bike rides on Lake Maggiore: map, routes description

Look at the bike map of Northern Lake Maggiore: eight suggested road bike routes and climbs along the valleys around Locarno and Ascona in Switzerland

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Lake Maggiore cycle routes

Cycle routes close to Lake Maggiore: a cycling holiday destination

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.

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Cycle routes Lake Lugano, Morcote

Cycle routes around Lake Lugano: a playground for cyclists

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 routes and mountains offering splendid viewpoints and a true round cycling holiday destination. Cycle routes if you are a keen rider.

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cycling holiday Varese

Cycling holiday around Varese: where to ride your bike

Varese is the launchpad for your cycling holiday from which to explore Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Como, the best lakeside riding and the mountainous roads in between.

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Strava segments in the Swiss-Italian Lakes

Strava Cycling segments around Lake Maggiore, Lugano, Varese: map and list

Strava users have created and labelled numerous Strava Cycling segments in the Italian and Swiss Lake District. We've rounded up several of them in an effort to convince people to consider cycling around Lake Maggiore, Lugano and Varese

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Malcantone map

Cycling in Malcantone: cycle routes close to Lake Lugano

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.

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bike tour Shrine Madonna del Ghisallo

The Shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo: the routes, the legend, the museum and Il Lombardia

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 places

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Bike Maps, cycling routes in Italy

GPS Maps for free – Bike maps and cycle routes in Italy

If you're mainly cycling on-road or use your race bicycle, then you can install directly the roadie-italy map onto your GPS device

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Bike Maps of Swiss Italian Lakes, GPS Maps

GPS Maps for free – Maps of the Italian and Swiss Lakes

Before starting your bike trip install for free the Maps of Swiss and Italian Lake District onto your Garmin device

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Northern Italian Lakes map

Maps of the Italian and Swiss Lake District

We have put together a small collection of digital maps you can easily print, paper maps and info regarding cycling routes around Lake Maggiore, Como, Lugano, Varese

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Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine

2021 UCI Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine: race course map, route description

The UCI event is set for amateur cyclists. It will take place on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd October 2021 at Varese on roads used by 2018 Gran Fondo World Championships. Look at the route on Google Maps.

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Cycling races Northern Italian lakes

2021 UCI cycling events in the Italian and Swiss Lakes

Trophy Alfredo Binda, Trofeo Da Moreno, Gran Premio di Lugano, Gran Fondo World Series Tre Valli Varesine, Tre Valli Varesine, Il Lombardia are the most important 2021 cycling events.

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UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Varese

In 2018 Varese hosted the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

2,500 cyclists from around the world took part in the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships around the lakes near Varese.

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Gardens Palace Estense Varese

Tourist attractions around Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and Varese: a Digital Tourist Map

Here's adigital Map showing tourist attractions and info around the Italian and Swiss Lake District at the foothills of the Italian-Swiss Pre-Alps. Discover where to go, what to do and see off the bike.

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Tourist attraction close to Lake Maggiore: Villa Della Porta Bozzolo in Casalzuigno

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.

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Tourist attractions in Varese: Villa Litta Menafoglio Panza

It is surrounded by a magnificent Italian-style garden, the 18th century Villa Panza is famous around the world for hosting the American contemporary art

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Tourist attractions on Lake Maggiore: Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso

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.

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Monteviasco

Monteviasco: a tiny village with no paved roads, no traffic lights, no cars

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.

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Arcumeggia cyclists

Keen cyclists looking for cycling close to Lake Maggiore could climb up Arcumeggia village: an "open-air fresco gallery"

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.

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Gardens Palace Estense Varese

The parks surrounding the villas of Varese are the perfect welcome to what is commonly referred to as the “Garden City”

Palace Estense, Villa Mirabello, Villa Panza, Ville Ponti, Villa Toeplitz, Villa Baragiola, Villa Mylius, Villa Recalcati with their parks and the huge areas of greenery that surround Varese contributed to the epithet “Garden City”

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Travel info Lombardy railway map

Northern Italian Lakes travel information: railways maps

If you need info about maps and timetables to get around by train across Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Varese.

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Lake Maggiore navigation

Navigation on Lake Maggiore: Map and timetables

Timetables from 4th October 2021.
Useful info on how visit Lake Maggiore and its Borromean Islands with your own bike during your cycling experience.

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navigation Lake Como

Navigation on Lake Como: Map and timetables

Timetables till 26st March 2022.
You can also find info for crossing Lake Como with your own bike and for cycling Lake Como and surrounding.

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Vincenzo Nibali Lake Lugano

Italian and Swiss Lake District: the place where many pro cyclists live

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 experience.

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AIS European Training Centre on Lake Varese The AIS European Training Center is located at Gavirate on Lake Varese. The location was chosen for its good climatic conditions, easy access to Malpensa international airport in Milan (30 km from Gavirate), quiet roads for training and travel to training facilities.
Cycling Varese Alfredo Binda

Cycling Varese: Alfredo Binda and Luigi Ganna from Varese

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.

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Lake Brinzio

Cycle Brinzio: the legend of the whale in the Lake Brinzio.

There is a curious legend about it. Since then the lake became known as the “Whale Lake”.

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Cycle tour guide Lake Maggiore

A local guide to ride with around Lake Maggiore, Lugano, Varese

Get in touch if you are interested in doing one-day bike trips with a guide in the Swiss and Italian Lake District.

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Stelvio cycling experience

Stelvio cycling experience

Free PDF maps and routes around the Stelvio and Bormio to help get you started with your planning for your next cycling experience on the Stelvio.

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Cycling Dolomites

Cycling in the Dolomites

You can download road bike maps of the Dolomites, check out road cycling climbs on Strava and cycling events in the Dolomites, so you get the most out of your next cycling experience in the Dolomites.

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Lake Maggiore holiday rentals

Holiday rentals on Lake Maggiore

Get in touch with us if you are looking for an holiday home, a villa, an appartament where you can stay, so you can arrange your stay by yourself.

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