Running along the Lake Como waterfront in the city of Como has it all: splendid water views with mountains in the background, parks, gardens, and historic estates (Villas). The full, crescent-shaped path is about 5.6 km, but if one starts in Como, it’s 3.6 km out and back on the section heading northeast, and 6.6 km out and back for the section heading northwest. The entire route is on a paved waterfront promenade, very easy to follow, with a few short sections of gravel paths.
Starting in Como at the ferry terminal, head northeast on Lungo Lario Treste, which turns into Viale Geno. There are great waterfront views on your left, and homes built into the hillside to your right. You’ll pass the Piazzetta scenic viewpoint and the Villa Geno fountain. Turn around at the end, returning to Como to start the northwest section, which is on the LungoLago. Pass the War Memorial, the Tempio Voltiano museum and gardens, and then run for 1 km along the Passeggiata Villa Olmo, passing several historic waterfront ‘Villas’ on the left, the most famous of which is Villa Olmo. Keep running on the Via Cernobbio to just past the Tavernola ferry terminal, and then return to the start.
Add-Ons: Several opportunities to add-on, mainly on the paths around the grounds of the Giardini del Tempio Voltiano, Villa Omlo, waterfront piers, hillside roads, and the historic section of Como.