best trekking trails in Lombardy

The best trekking trails in Lombardy

Always a lover of trekking, I couldn’t help but suggest itineraries and excursions to do in Lombardy of varying difficulty (and length) designed both for expert hikers looking for new challenges but also dedicated routes within everyone’s reach.

The route of the Lariani Mountains

Let’s start with The route of the Lariani Mountains a hiking route, designed by CAI di Como which starts from Cernobbio and reaches Sorico, drawing an itinerary of 125 kilometers to be tackled in at least six stages, staying overnight in the refuges located along the way.

The route is shorter and can be completed in around four hours of walking Greenway del lago, which connects Colonno and Cadenabbia di Griante, passing through Sala Comacina, Ossuccio, Lenno. In the area there is also Villa Balbianello and Tremezzo, where Villa Carlotta stands out.

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best trekking trails in Lombardy

For history and mountain enthusiasts

Passionate about history and mountains? Ideal for day trips is the Path of Memory, in Valcamonica. It retraces the mule tracks used by the military during the First World War: along the way, it is not uncommon to come across positions intended for anti-aircraft machine guns, shelter caves and sentry boxes and fortifications, such as those that stand out at the top of the Doss de l’Ora.

Tour of Monte Aviolo

If you prefer a two day excursion you can venture into Tour of Monte Avioloto be enchanted by the forests of mountain pines, larches and the spectacle offered by Lake Aviolo.

The Periplus of Monte Aviolo is a medium difficulty hiking trail that winds around Monte Aviolo, located in the Lessinia Regional Natural Parkin the province of Verona. The route, approximately 14 kilometers long, it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the Po Valley.

The path starts from the town of Avio and develops along forest paths and mule tracks, with some more challenging sections that require a good, sure foot. During the route you can admire different varieties of flora and fauna, including beech and fir forests, flowering meadows and limestone rocks.

The highest point of the route is Monte Aviolo, which culminates at 1456 meters above sea level. From the top you can enjoy a spectacular view of Lessinia, Monte Baldo and Lake Garda.

The Periplus of Monte Aviolo is an excursion suitable for all hikers with a good level of training. The route is well signposted and can be completed in around 6-7 hours.

best trekking trails in Lombardy

Mountain hut trekking

Still in the same area, those with a sweet tooth will be able to choose the mountain hut trekking: a food and wine excursion that starts from the municipality of Edolo and reaches Monno. During the route of approximately 14 kilometres, you also come across the town of Mola, with its mountain pastures used for the production of cheese, and the Toricla wildlife oasis, a rich nature reserve inhabited by roe deer, deer and marmots.

The mountain hut trekking is an experience suitable for all hikers, even the less experienced. The route is well signposted and does not present any particular difficulties. The average duration of the excursion is approximately 6 hours.

best trekking trails in Lombardy

Cardinello path

Nature, splendid views and tasty stops can be found here Valtellinawhere pleasant trips can be organized along the Cardinello path (included in the famous Via Spluga), a wide mule track carved into the mountainside which offers splendid naturalistic views of waterfalls, the Liro torrent and the Prati dei Torni.

best trekking trails in Lombardy

The Via Bregaglia

Another worthy route is the Via Bregaglia, which extends from Chiavenna and arrives in Swiss territory, up to the Maloja pass, following simple paths, mule tracks and forest roads. This last itinerary, to be studied over several days, is very interesting because it allows you to combine the historical-cultural attractions of the area – with visits to historical monuments such as the Piuro excavation museum or the Palazzo Vertemate Franchi – breathtaking views of the Sciora and Badile peaks, stops at the Acquafraggia waterfalls and at the Parco delle Marmitte dei Giganti.

best trekking trails in Lombardy

Educational and educational activities

Finally, if you want to associate them with the fun offered by outdoor activities educational and educational activitiesyou can choose from the many thematic routes, such as the most famous Walter Corti ornithological trailoffered by the Orobie Valtellinesi Park, and the Vittorio Sella glaciological pathbelonging to Valmalenco Ecomuseum, which winds from the valley floor to Mount Ventina. Here, along the route, there are explanatory signs and glaciological signs that offer interesting food for thought on recent climate changes.


Lombardy is easily reachable by train, plane and car from every part of Italy and Europe. The best way to reach these itineraries is certainly by car: you can find all the information in the links of each excursion indicated.

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