Lombardy by bike
The Adda park, the Lomellina heronry, the Bereguardo canal, the val Brembana valley cycle path, the Franciacorta…
In Lombardy we can really let us inspire for new itineraries to follow with our bike: let’s think about the Oglio itinerary, the Franchigiana route, the morainic hills… the Milan canals (“Navigli”) are incredible to ride too thanks to their charm. By mountain bike you can reach the lake of Como or Garda and the pre-alpine areas.
Considering all the possible itineraries that have various degrees of difficulty and are suitable for different types of bike, whether on the plains or in the mountains (Alps), you’ll understand that Lombardy offers great entertainment for bike lovers.
The lake district
The Lugano, Lecco and Como lakes make up the district: it is a particularly fascinating itinerary to ride by bike. These places offer the visitor an incredible habitat typical of lake environment, characterized by landscapes reflected in the water; there are innumerable aristocratic residences too that circumscribe the lake and panoramic ups and downs that pass through the district, which are also known for being cycling race routes. Starting from San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort Park the route goes towards Gandria passing through a path of olive trees. If you follow the itinerary along an old mule track (a wide, rural pathway) you’ll reach the centre of Lugano, up to the lake shore and finally the Val di Mara gentle uphills and hairpin turns.
There’s another wonderful itinerary that starts from the Lugano lake runs along the old San Gottardo railway and leads to the Lake of Piano, a small lake and natural reserve; in the past it formed a single lake together with the Lugano lake. This route is great for families too. Once arrived in Como it’s possible to reach Bellagio using the ferry-boat in Cadenabbia. This is another great way to appreciate the surrounding territory, characterized by art nouveau villas and immense parks. From Bellagio on begins the climb to Ghisallo, a destination for any cycling and tourism enthusiast: with either a normal bike or an e-bike, the Sanctuary of Ghisallo attracts everybody, as well as the cycling museum founded by Fiorenzo Magni, the champion of the Coppi and Bartali race. The museum offers a historic visual excursus that shows some of the most curious bikes; outside there is the Madonna of Ghisallo’s Sanctuary, considered the cyclists protector.
The Oglio cycle route
This route won the fourth edition of the Italian cycling-tourism Oscar: the Italian Green Road Award in 2019.
The Oglio river originates in Camonica valley, where Narcanello and Frigidolfo, the two streams of the Orobie Alps, meet.
The downhill is characterized by continuous changing landscapes along 280 kilometres. During the Oglio itinerary it is possible to ride along the river, crossing castles, fortified farmsteads, rural villages, woods, springs and canals, as well as the fertile plain and the Po river.
The 282 kilometres of this cycle lane start at an altitude of 1883 metres from the Tonale pass to eventually reach an altitude of 21 metres above sea level at San Matteo delle Chiaviche.
Passing through Brescia, Cremona and Mantova provinces you reach the Adamello park, the Iseo Lake and the fluvial gardens in the north and south sides of the Oglio river. This project arises thanks to the collaboration between the Lombardy region, Brescia province, three mountain communities and two regional parks. This route really gives value to the Lombard territories mobility: the whole itinerary, starting from Oglio basin, including the Iseo Lake, from the Tonale pass up to the Po river, distinguishes for eco-friendly tourism.
The pedestrian and cycle path, better if using a MTB, is 2.5 metres wide: it is 60 % paved and the remaining 40% unpaved with an average slope between 2.5% and 3% and it is characterized by river banks routes, rural trails and old state roads equipped with signs along the whole route.
The morainic hills
They are located in the Basso Garda and in the Mantova, Brescia and Verona (Veneto) provinces. The elevations range between 100 and 250 metres. For cyclists it means riding through historic and natural treasures, among fortified villages, towels and medieval castles with the possibility to stop and experience the gastronomic tradition made of wine, cold meats, cheese, oil, preserves and honey produced in farmhouses and cellars hidden among the hills.
There’s also a cycle path that runs alongside the Mincio River, called Mincio cycle route. This route is easy to ride and far from traffic; it goes from Peschiera to Mantova passing through the Mincio Natural Park and many other magnificent small towns, for a total of 45 kilometres. An example is the Borghetto sul Mincio with its characteristic water wheels. These areas are characterized by a dense network of low-traffic routes where cyclists can easily ride and discover hilly towns using short detours that introduce to the inner network.
The “Canale Virgilio” route, in the southern part of the territory, is another important route that twists and turns for 20 kilometres on a plain white road along the homonym canal until it connects to the Peschiera-Mantova route.
Bike Hotel in Lombardy
The Luxury Bike Hotel San Marco Beach Resort Park stands in a territory characterized by the presence of many panoramic trails that allow to discover the beauties of Lugano and Como lakes, the Ghisallo climbs and the Sormano wall too.
The hotel offers its guests also services of:
+ panoramic swimming pool
+ private beach
+ fitness area
+ animals admitted
+ bike storage
+ tourist guide
+ GPX tracks
+ sports massage
+ sports menù
+ afternoon break for cyclist on their return
+ emergency shuttle service
+ airport transfer with included bike transport
+ baby-sitting service
+ electric charging