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From the blue waters of Lake Como to the green meadows of the valleys

Dotted with historic villas and charming villages that are reflected in the intense blue of its waters, Lake Como is the third largest lake in Italy. Regal and beautiful, it manages to combine a Pre-Alps environment and Mediterranean charm.
Road bike lovers will find many climbs that characterize the “Classic of the Falling Leaves” race, Il Lombardia, such as the Passo del Ghisallo and the Colma di Sormano; while the lovers of knobby wheels will discover new favorite trails through the woods of Nuvoletto and along in the tracks of the First World War high on Monte Tremezzo. Filling your days with the beauty of Lake Como by bike is truly an experience.

Madonna del Ghisallo

The crown jewel for cyclists who live in or visit the area is the Madonna del Ghisallo chapel and cycling museum. The original small chapel was for centuries a holy place for travelers seeking safe passage, and since the challenging Ghisallo climb’s incorporation into the Il Lombardia race in the early 1900s, cyclists have flocked to pay homage to the Madonna, leaving mementos of dearly departed and to pray for strength and courage. Because of its prominence in the race and devotion from cyclists, in 1949 the Pope declared the Madonna del Ghisallo as the Patron Saint of Cyclists. The chapel soon became so overwhelmed with historical cycling pieces that in 2000 a separate museum was built nearby to showcase these treasures, from late 1800s bikes to One-Hour Record machines and the largest collection of Maglia Rosa jerseys in the world. For cyclists, making the Ghisallo climb is a bucket list item that you should not miss, and because it is right outside Hotel Il Perlo’s door it is waiting for your arrival. Whether you’re an accomplished cyclist making this pilgrimage or if you’re visiting the area unfamiliar with the story, it is impossible not to be moved when visiting the chapel, museum, and surrounding park where locals and visitors gather for the mountain view and remembrance.

Bellagio

Sitting at the head of Lake Como’s central promontory, Bellagio has been transformed into one of the most preferred destinations in Italy. It is a favorite destination of the Milanese for a long weekend or quick afternoon escape from the city, to breathe the fresh mountain air and savor a bottle of wine among the lakeside villas and gardens. Bellagio’s beauty has been praised since the sixteenth century, therefore it is not surprising to call it the pearl of Lake Como.

Major travel distances

  • Milan, 80 kilometers
  • Lugano, 39 kilometers
  • Milan Malpensa MXP airport, 82 kilometers
  • Milan Linate LIN airport, 74 kilometers
  • Bergamo Orio al Serio BGY airport, 65 kilometers

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In 2008 ComoLagoBike, Hotel Il Perlo, and famed cycling sponsor Mapei teamed up to promote cycling holidays in Lake Como by offering accommodations, bike rental, and guides for tourists. Experience the region’s most professional cycling services with Hotel Il Perlo’s partner, ComoLagoBike.

Bike room with video surveillance
Bike repair / maintenance workshop
Washing station / Tire inflation
Paper maps of routes
GPX routes
Bike Rental provided by ComoLagoBike
Bike manager
Guides and guided Tours
Laundry
Medical assistance
Van pickup assistance
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