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What to visit in Mandello, cycling tours


What to visit in Mandello, cycling tours


The Passo passes to Varenna on the eastern shore of the Lario (basically half a lake), 220 meters, and 16.2 km leads to almost 1000 meters of altitude difference.

The climb (sometimes included in the Giro di Lombardia) has fairly steep slopes (average 6%) and not prohibitive except a few teething around 10% up to the 1180 meters of the Pass. The climb, with various bends, allows you to admire beautiful views over Lake and coastal areas, especially Bellagio.


A beautiful and challenging one, you can climb up to the lake and visit the waterfall of Nesso, a country whose promenade can be set off for Colma. Immediately out of the country, 280 meters, you are pedaling on significant slopes: after 5 km you are already at an altitude of 643 meters at a Grotto. The ascent continues and is always demanding: the average slope of 8% with peaks over 10. If the season is favorable it should be easy to meet many enthusiasts along this route, precisely because of its length and altitude characteristics. You reach the Colma di Sormano at 1135 meters, after 13 km of climb: the final tearing (1 km to 10%) is preceded by a falsoplan (1.5 km) where to collect the residual energies.


Morterone is the smallest municipality in Italy: only 27 fixed residents. It is located in the heart of Resegone, at 1100 meters.

You will arrive along a small provincial road (around 15.7 km) from Ballabio, the center of Valsassina.
Leave the road to Lecco for a few dozen meters before you begin to climb to Forcella di Olino (valico) and the village of Morterone.

The slopes are severe and constant for the first eight kilometers. After this first section follows a descent and a subsequent climb that leads to Olino’s fork (gallery) (km 11).

From the 1100 meters of the Forino di Olino, you continue uphill to the various towns of Morterone, to the Town Hall and to the Church, the nucleus of the small town.


You can go up to the Sanctuary from two sides. When they speak of “Ghisallo” or “Madonna del Ghisallo” cyclists almost always mean the road that climbs from Bellagio (north side), which presents the most demanding ascent.

From the crossroads of the highway 583, at the exit from Bellagio, it has a section of about 4 km of climb, followed by about 3 km on the plan with short trails of descent, so still about 1.5 km up to the Shrine. The overall altitude difference is just under 500 meters; The valley point is at 754 m altitude. There are many hairpinings in the final stretch. The road is almost completely immersed in the woods. The best professionals are able to complete the journey in less than 20 minutes

A more demanding variant is known as “Superhighway”. You start from Bellagio and follow the main road to Guello (where the first section of the climb ends); Then turn right in the direction of Monte San Primo and continue uphill for 4-5 km up to 969 in Piano Rancio, where at the junction turn left and you reach the square of the Sanctuary downhill.

The opposite side (south slope), which reaches Magreglio da Erba through Canzo and Aso,

It rises much more gently, with significant difficulties (slope up to 10%) only in the last 1.5 miles.

From Asso you can also climb to Colma di Sormano (1124 m), along the main road (about 9 km with an average slope of about 8%) or through the rugged Wall of Sormano, recently re-paved.

Not to be missed in the district:


Fiumelatte, Better known as the shortest river in Italy, is born from a cavity in the rock boasting many explorers, among the first Leonardo Da Vinci. In periods of activity the river throws into the lake with a foaming white foam.


Itinerary for the narrow and suggestive streets of the medieval village of Varenna, overlooking the Lake Center: from the 14th century church of S. Giorgio, which preserves remarkable 15th-16th century artworks, to the splendid botanical gardens of Villa Monastero and Villa Cypress, eclectic mansions overlooking the lake. It is also accessible by a walk on foot, the ancient medieval fortress of Vezio, located above Varenna and immersed in a secular olive grove, waking on a vast lake, offering unparalleled panorama the show of rapeseed and experienced falconers (Upon reservation) who will perform afternoon flight demonstrations. Visit of the tower with the wonderful panorama and underground dating from the First World War.

Open: April – October from 10am to sunset

Closed in case of rain


In the heart of the characteristic lakeside village of Bellano, the parish church of SS. Nazaro and Celso is one of the most interesting examples of Gothic architecture in the territory of Lao. The itinerary continues with a short walk along the catwalks above the famous Orrido: unique environment of water, canyons and lush vegetation created by the impetuous flow of the torrent Pioverna a few meters before finishing its run in the lake.

Open all year round: from October to May from Tuesday to Saturday: 10 – 13 and 15 – 18; Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

From June to September every day: 10 – 22:30.


Situated in a magnificent position on the northern end of the lake, the ancient Abbey of San Nicolò (still inhabited by Cistercian monks) preserves the ancient fascination of Romanesque buildings and the famous 13th-century cloister with capitals and frescoed walls. It is an uncontaminated and shady environment that recalls distant times, times of prayers and meditations, but also times of fears and struggles in which adversary factions contended for an ephemeral power.


Path through the places where Alessandro Manzoni lived and inspired the Promessi Sposi: from Villa Manzoni (home of the museum dedicated to the writer) to the historical center of Lecco, from Pescarenico to the Rocca dell’Innominato. Places and landscapes to discover the evocative charm of the stories and characters of the most famous novel in Italian literature.


Visit the “Abegg” silk museum in Garlate (LC), or at the Abbatial Lariana (LC) Civic Museum “Monti”, which store unique machinery in Italy. An opportunity to rethink the fascinating history of mulberry bush, filver and yarn, expressions of a fundamental sector of the country’s economy between the ‘800 and’ 900.


Path through the streets of Bosisio, the country overlooking Lake Pusiano, which gave birth to Giuseppe Parini, a great Lombard poet. Visit to his home, possibility of naturalistic and boat ride on the lake.


In the heart of the hilly Brianza, visit of the village and the sanctuary of Montevecchia and naturalistic trail in the woods of the Natural Park. Possibility to visit the wine museum and farms.


In the heart of Brianza lecchese, the churches and architectural complexes that still retain the characteristics of the Romanic are the precious testimony of a remarkable historical-artistic past and offer to the visitor the opportunity to admire precious fresco cycles as well as the fascinating architectural context. Possibility to choose and combine two or more sites: the Baptistery of Oggiono, the church of SS. Nazaro and Celso at Garbagnate Monastery, the church of SS. Gottardo and Colombano in Arlate, the church of S. Salvatore in Barzanò.


Mandello del Lario, a pretty village at the foot of the Grigna mountain on the eastern shore of Lake Como, is just a few kilometers from the city of Lecco, and is easily accessible from the main cities and the various Lombard airports.


Milan60 km
Milan Linate Airport65 km
Milan Malpensa Airport100 km
Como35 km
Bergamo40 km
Orio al Serio Airport45 km
Livigno160 km
St. Moritz100 km
Sondrio70 km


Ginee31 January
Feast of the tower at MaggianaBiennial in June
Crossed by the lake swimmingJuly
St. Lawrence’s patron saint10 August
San Rocco’s event16 August
Gather motorbike GuzziBiennial in september
Christmas wagonsEvening of Christmas Eve

Various other celebrations and events are organized by the various Associations of Mandellas, whose calendar is published each year in a special publication.