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With spectacular riding through Italian countryside, this route takes you round trip from Milan to Lake Como and back. The roads in and around Lake Como are frequented by motorcyclists looking for fantastic scenery and roads. This route of 221 km (137.3 mi) can be completed in about 4 hours. If you're in Milan with a motorcycle, this route is one that shouldn't be missed. Enjoy the ride.
From Milan to Como
From Milan head North to Como on SS35 for 52.5 km (32.6 mi). The SS35 is the fastest way to get to Como and the start of good lakeside riding without taking potentially congested and generally uninteresting highways. Some roads are toll roads, so bring some extra change.
The Town of Como
Como is a city of 84,900 located on the Southwestern shore of Lake Como. Once a world famous manufacturer of silk since the medieval age, the city started losing its iconic industry in the face of strong international competition. A popular attraction in the city is Duomo di Como, a Roman Catholic cathedral, famous for being the last gothic church built in Italy from 1396-1740. For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in Como see: http://commune.como.it
Lake Como is famous for its multitude of lakeside villas and is known as a playground for the rich and famous. One of the most notable villas is Villa Del Belbianello a famous filming location. Movies including Star Wars Episode II, the James Bond movie Casino Royale was filmed here. The Villa Erba, also on the lake, was the filming location for the movie Oceans Twelve. For those curious, a quick online search for 'villas on Lake Como' will yield countless beautiful examples of other spectacular abodes in the region.
From Como to Gravedona
From Como head Northbound on SS340 for 53.4 km (33.2 mi) to Gravedona. The roads here snake along the shore of Lake Como passing through several lakeside towns. Once you pass through Menagio the SS340 becomes the SS340.
Gravedona is a town of 4,200 people, located on the North shore of Lake Como overlooking the East shore of Lake Como. For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in Gravedona see: http://commune.gravedonaeduniti.it
From Gravedona to Bellano for a few intense hair pins
From Gravedona continue riding to Bellano around the North tip of Lake Como on SS340 for 11.1km (6.9 mi) then South on SS36 for 17.7 km (11mi). Watch for the exit ramp to SP62 and ride west taking on a few intense hairpins as the road takes you to the Lake Como shore in Bellano. Note that this stretch of road although seems exciting on a map, is lined with houses; riders beware.
Bellano is a town of 3,300 people located on the Eastern Shore of Lake Como. A popular attraction here is the gorge of the Pioverna stream; you can explore this area on a series of ladders and walkways. The stream is a haven for anglers because of the bounty of European Bullhead, Brown and Rainbow Trout living here. For more information on what to see where to eat and sleep in Bellano see: http://commune.bellani.lc.it
From Bellano to Mandello del Lario home of Giornate Mondiale (Moto) Guzzi
Take Via Roma and the SP72 for 16.3km (10.1 mi). The one lane road snakes along the Eastern shore of Lake Como.
Mandello del Lario is a town of 10,500 people located on the Southeastern shore of Lake Como. The town is the home of Moto Guzzi since 1921, the factory and museum here includes the company's wind tunnel and production facilities. Each year since 2001, Moto Guzzi holds a festival called Giornate Mondiale Guzzi, translated into English as Worldwide Guzzi Days. For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in Mandello de Lario see: http://mandellolario.it
From Mandello del Lario
Go to Lecco by riding South on SP72 for 3 km (1.9 mi) then transfer to SS36 riding Southbound for 6.6 km (4.1 mi) to reach Lecco. The road here is a straight-a-way on SS36.
Lecco is a city of 47,800 people located on the Southwestern tip of Lake Como on the Adda river with four bridges connecting to it allowing easy access South to Milan. The city is also the end point for the Giro di Lombarda (Tour of Lombardy) Cycling race. For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in Lecco: http://commune.lecco.it
From Lecco back to Milan
Go southwest on the SS36 for 43 km (26.7 mi). A fairly straightforward stretch of road, riders should be at little risk of getting lost here.
Milan is a metropolis of 5.2 million and the 5th largest in all of Europe. Milan is the commercial and financial centre of Italy, and the leading fashion and design capital of the world.
Notable historical sites to visit include the fourth largest cathedral in the world, the Duomo di Milano, a gothic style church that took 6 centuries to build (1386-1965), the Santa Maria delle Grazie is home to a famous mural of the Last Supper painted by Leonardo da Vinci, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you want to indulge in some shopping before you start your ride, head over to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, it's the oldest shopping mall in Italy and is housed within a four-storey arcade in central Milan.
For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in Milan see: http://commune.milano.it