Como Lake: Sport Activities


The varied territory of Lake Como, from the lake to the mountains, from the cities to the gentle hills of Brianza, to the far aways valleys surrounded by mountains up to 2700 m, offers sports lovers of all ages the chance to practice their favourite sport, or to try new experiences  in a unique location.

Watersports enthusiasts can spend whole days sailing, canoeing, wind and kitesurfing, enjoying a motorboat ride, or water-skiing. Above that Como also offers a school for piloting seaplanes.

Those who prefer to take to the air can enjoy gliding, hangliding and paragliding.

Lovers of the mountains can go rock-climbing or enjoy walks with breathtaking views of the lake. There are also centres where you can hire mountain bikes or go horse riding.

Golfers will find 7 courses, including the oldest in Italy, the famous 18 holes of the Menaggio and Cadenabbia Club or the Villa d’este golf club.

In winter visitors can ski in at Piani di Bobbio and Pian delle Betulle and Val d'Intelvi with both downhill slopes and cross-country circuits.


The beautiful area of Como lake, enriched by seven prestigious Golf courses is the ideal place for keen golfers. It is a sought-after destination for those who love this sport because the wonderful “Greens” are inserted in an area rich in history, art, culture and natural beauties.

The famous Golf course Villa d’Este of Montorfano in just 4  Km from Il Montesino b&b. Let Il Montesino bed and breakfast be your wonderful accommodation for play golf.

Less than an hour from the Il Montesino bed and breakfast:
Golf course  Carimate
Golf course  Monticello
Golf course  La Pinetina
Golf course  Lanzo d’Intelvi


Paragliding and Hang Gliding on Como lake

Those who want to try the thrill of dominating the skies using only the power of the wind, is in the right place. Thanks to the particular wind currents around the Como lake, gliding is popular in the Como lake area. There are flying schools and its also possible to experience a tandem flight with an assistent.

Aeroclub Monte Cornizzolo: a renowned flight school in Suello, just few kilometres from our b&b. The Monte Cornizzolo is their takeoff and landing point. They offert courses and tandem flights offering breathtaking views over the city of Lecco and the entire Brianza area and the Como lake.

Seaplane on Como lake

Another special way to observe Lake Como’s scenery is by seaplane. Since 1913 Como is home to the only seaplane school in Europe.

From here it is possible to take tourist flights to view from above the beauty of Como lake scenery. The possibility of landing on water practically anywhere, makes this a unique opportunity to discover beautiful, hidden corners of Como lake area.

The Aero Club is located near the football stadium of Como city in road Via Masia, 44. It’s just 7 Km from Il Montesino bed and breakfast.

Gliding on Como Lake

A few minutes from our b&b it’s possible to enjoy gliding.  Airport Verzago close to Alzate Brianza is situated near Lake Como, in the scenic area is the amphitheater moraine Alpine foothills, at an altitude of 385 metri. It’s just 4 Km from Il Montesino bed and breakfast.


Lake Como offers a enormous variety of hiking possibilities, from easy walks for families to the more difficult ones for skilled hikers.  The itineraries we present allow you to discover the old connection paths which run along the lake, or the woody hills with their rural settlements, or to the more scenic heights of the mountains along Lake Como. Each itinerary has its own character with historical, artistic and natural features to explore.

If you wish to be guided by a professional mountain guide you can consult the listing here below or refer to the mountain associations CAI, Casa delle Guide (House of Guides) and Guide alpine del Lario e delle Grigne (Alpine guide of Lake Como and of the Grigne mountain group). Hiking Como Lake offers a monthly program of guided excursions with an English speaking guide.

The numerous refuges on the mountains are located in strategic points offering facilities and refreshment to travellers who are passing by, or for those reaching their final destination.

There are also major mountain routes for mountain hut-to-mountain hut hikes such as the Via dei Monti Lariani (a six day hike from Cernobbio to Sorico), the Sentiero delle 4 Valli (a three day hike from Breglia to Dasio Valsolda), and the Dorsale del Triangolo Lariono (a two day hike from Como to Bellagio) see descriptions below.

Under the item itineraries you will find a large selection of walks also ideal for families

At Il Montesino bed and breakfast you can will find maps, guides and itineraries and more advice from our experienced staff in mountain hiking.


Discover Lake Como  by bicycle…

Lake Como can also be visited by bicycle, for those who wish to use the bicycle as an ecologic and alternative means of transport, discovering cultural, historical and environmental aspects of the area of the Como lake. Scenic roads, and alternative routes to those followed by the main traffic and some real cycle paths offer the visitor an alternative way of visiting various parts of the Como lake. 

The Northern part of the lake offers This a large variety of  easy bike rides in the meadows away from the traffic jams, inside the nature reserve of Pian di Spagna, the valleys of Valtellina and Valchiavenna.

"Ciclovia dei Laghi" and "Sport and  relax in bici" are two cycle tourism projects that cover the area between Lake Como and Lake Maggiore (Provinces of Lecco, Como, Varese, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in Italy, and Canton Ticino in Switzerland).

You can find more information and road maps at Il Montesino bed and breakfast.


Lake Como is the ideal spot for motorbikers who prefer two bends in the road to a three lane motorway. Below you can download 12 splendid itineraries that not only run along the shores of the lake but also lead through the splendid valleys surrounded by mountains up to 2700 m high and through the hills of the Brianza, the area situated south of the towns Como and Lecco. Typical lake side villages, beautiful villas surrounded by their splendid gardens, small rural settlements, alpine pastures with their farm house await you.

You can find more information and road maps at Il Montesino bed and breakfast.


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