The popularity of e-bikes (electric assist bikes) is flourishing in Lake Como. For locals and visitors alike, those who enjoy outdoor activities are finding them an ideal way to get around the hilly terrain without worry of fitness or special clothing. If you and your family are looking to spend a few hours outdoors and seeing a unique part of Lake Como off the tourist track we have the perfect activity for you!
Escape the busy lakeside towns and take a quiet, beautiful eight kilometer ride from our location at Hotel Il Perlo to the Madonna del Ghisallo chapel and Cycling Museum on the mountain high above Lake Como. Along the way you will notice the change not just in elevation but in landscape as you approach the alpine area and its clean, cool air. Take advantage of this method of “slow tourism” - with the e-bike it is easy and convenient to stop at some of the wonderful views and villages along the way, which you would otherwise miss in a car. Usually professional cyclists compete on this climb in the Giro di Lombardia, but the electric assist makes it a breeze and free from any exertion. Casual clothes and shoes are all you’ll need. The ride takes about 30-45 minutes each way, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy all that the Ghisallo has to offer.
The Madonna del Ghisallo chapel is a pilgrimage for cyclists, but even the non-cyclist can’t help but be enamored by the history and spirituality of the chapel. Its walls are adorned with the aging bikes of former professional cyclists and heros like Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi, cycling jerseys from the Olympics and World Championships, and an eternal flame (now electric) delivered from Rome. At the center is an alter to the Madonna, the Patron Saint of Cyclists as declared by the Pope in 1949.
The price of your e-bike rental includes a ticket to the Cycling Museum where you can see thousands of cycling artifacts from the turn of the 19th century to the modern era and marvel how far the bicycle’s technology has come. Did you know that in the early 1900s cyclists raced big events like the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia with only one gear? And on heavy steel bikes with very crude brakes. The museum is a treasure of Lombardia so enjoy time viewing the special exhibits.
It would not be a bike ride in Italy without a stop for a snack and espresso! A few steps from the park is Il Ristorante Ghisallino so you can stop and relax to cap off a perfect visit to the park.