Greenway del Lago: a full day on the lake

Above Lenno
View above Lenno on the Greenway del Lago.

On the western shore of Lake Como, the Greenway del Lago is a 10.5 kilometer walking path that stretches between Colonno and Cadenabbia di Griante. Marked by painted signposts and metal plates with the Greenway logo, the path gives visitors a multitude of viewpoints from which to admire the surroundings as it follows through the lake’s upper villages as well as along the water’s edge. We opted to walk just a third of the route, beginning from the town square in Lenno and ending at Gelateria Helvetia along the lake in Tremezzo. Timed right, ambitious walkers can turn this into a full day’s outing by first visiting Villa Balbianello in Lenno before embarking on the Greenway, and then continuing onward to Villa Carlotta (take into account that you’ll want, at the very minimum, 90 minutes to tour the villa and stroll the gardens) before taking the ferry back to Lenno or any other port stop. Our half-day excursion in late April included a small detour for lunch at Pizzeria Balognett, a family-run business that is operated right out of the owner’s home.

Greenway del Lago signposts and metal road plates as we started off from Lenno.

From Lenno, there are only a couple of uphill climbs before it all flattens out. Getting to Pizzeria Balognett (see the K marker on google map) was a little tricky as it required a small detour, turning left on via Febo Sala (I) instead of right which leads to the main highway; road signs weren’t always so obvious. It’s all downhill after the pizzeria.

Bar Gelateria Helvetia

Checking the reviews on Tripadvisor, Bar Gelateria Helvetia seems to be thee place to stop for gelato and other good eats. I don’t remember the name of that gelato creation but the frozen dessert on the right was named cassata.

A=Lenno, K=Pizzeria Balognett, O=Gelateria Helvetia, P=ferry stop close to Villa Carlotta.

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