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Lake Como, Italy

Includes Como, Brunate, Bellagio, Varenna, Menaggio, and Lugano

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The Lake Como area, straddling the Italian-Swiss border, is a popular visitor destination, owing to its attractive lake and mountain setting. Waterfront towns with jaw-dropping views and historic villas dot the eastern and western sides of the lake, with the charming city of Como at its southern tip. Running in the Lake Como area is a bit of a mixed bag. There are some fantastic waterfront sections, and some wonderful trail running in the more mountainous interior. But some of the scenic roads along the lake, such as the SP583 and SP72, lack a decent shoulder or sidewalk.

The most scenic spots for a waterfront run in Lake Como, on either a dedicated path or runnable road, are in Como, Bellagio, Mennagio, and in nearby Lugano.  For hillside running with great views, we recommend the Greenway del Lago di Como, trails in Parco Val Sanagra, and Brunate, just above Como and reached by funicular.

While a car is generally needed to get around the Lake Como area, there are trains in the main towns and a decent bus system in the area.

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Lake Como Waterfront

Lake Como, Italy

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. The full, crescent-shaped path is about 5.6 km.
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Brunate Hills and Views

Lake Como, Italy

If you want to get in some hills on car-free roads with amazing views, take the funicular to the hilltop town of Brunate. We've mapped a route to various viewpoints and a lighthouse, with a longer option to the summit of Monte Boletto. HILLY!!
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Bellagio Waterfront

Lake Como, Italy

A short but attractive waterfront run goes for 2 km from just south of the Melzi Gardens to an observation deck at the tip. About 2/3 of this is on a separate waterfront path, with pretty trees and great water views.
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Menaggio Waterfront

Lake Como, Italy

Menaggio is a pretty little town located on the western shore of Lake Como at the mouth of the river Senagra. There's a short, but very pretty waterfront run, featuring gorgeous lake, town, and mountain views.
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Parco Val Sanagra

Lake Como, Italy

Park just above Menaggo lies in a green, fertile valley, and features woods, meadows and pastures. Extensive trails and paths that make for some wonderful running. Our recommendations for the best running options!
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Lake Como Waterfront

Lake Como, Italy

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. The full, crescent-shaped path is about 5.6 km.
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Lake Como has an excellent climate for running, with cool to mild winters and warm to hot summers. In summer, average temperatures can get hot, averaging 29C (85F), with warm nights. In winter, high temperatures typically reach 7C (45F), with lows near freezing. The 1300mm (52 inches) of annual precipitation is fairly uniform throughout the year, but in summer comes in the form of thunderstorms. Snowfall is rare. However, the surrounding mountains have a very different climate, with much more snowfall and colder weather at elevation.

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Run and Bike, located right in Como, is the one independent running store in the area.