Many cyclists ask us about tips and advices on cycle routes and maps regarding:
- the lakeside towns of Ascona, Locarno, Luino, Laveno around Lake Maggiore,
- the lakside villages of Ponte Tresa, Morcote, Porto Ceresio around Lake Lugano,
- the typical villages of Brinzio, Bedero and Gavirate around Varese.
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.
A digital map: Lake Maggiore, Lake Varese, Lake Lugano, Lake Como
Here's a detailed digital map: MAP SWISS TOPO
Click on (+) map larger, or on (-) map smaller at the top right corner of the screen.
Look at the top left corner of the screen, you can print the area you want on:
- A4 paper size or A3 paper size,
- scale from 1:500 to 1:2,500,000.
You can understand the altitude of the roads and of the routes.
www.geo.admin.ch is a portal provided by the Federal Authorities of the Swiss Confederation.
A paper map regarding the Province of Varese
Trail Map – Via Verde Varesina – Trekking in Province of Varese, Scale 1:35.000 is another well done map.
That's a paper map which you can find at the local tourist information offices on arrival or here in hotel. In particular the map shows both the trails for trekking and the roads for road cycling in the Norhern area of Province of Varese : among the Lake Maggiore, Lake Varese and Lake Lugano.
The two maps are very detailed and precisus so you can discover the hidden cycle routes and itineraries in our cycling area in Northern Italy's Lake District.
Bike map, routes, climbs around Locarno and Ascona on Lake Maggiore
Eight bike routes and climbs along the valleys around Locarno and Ascona in Switzerland.
Thanks to the vastness and diversity of our territory, you will easily ride along the shore of Northern Lake Maggiore and the banks, or you will tackle the climbs along the valleys of region around Locarno and Ascona.
Bike maps regarding road bike routes and climbs in Province of Varese
Here is a list of some road bike routes and road cycling climbs for all skill levels.
We have designed rides which can involve these routes. They all are paved.
The top 10 cycling climbs close to Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano
The altitude profiles for all the toughest climbs around.
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. While the Alps remains a playground for pure climbers and the mountain goats, the beauty of Northern Italian Lakes, for riders of all levels, is its accessibility: there are few climbs here that will prove too difficult for the average rider.
A Data base of Europe's climbs for your cycling routes
For those more interested in climbing we can suggest an usuful website: ARCHIVE OF EUROPE'S CLIMBS
You can write the name of the climb or the village where the climb starts.
The website provide info like kilometres, elevation gain, gradients and a drawing of the climb.
Your own cycling holiday across Northern Italian Lakes can begin.
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