The pale gray, geologic stripe that cuts diagonally across the mountain on Lake Como's west bank marks the alluring presence of Monte di Tremezzo. Long used by farmers to feed their flocks on the high alpine grasses, it was also a formidable stragetic location in both World Wars as the Italian military built structures along its ridgeline, the Linea Cordelia, to prepare for potential invasions. Both the military structures and the placid farm animals are still present to this day, making for one of the most enjoyable and stunning mountain bike rides in all of Lombardia.
This ride takes you from the lake side and up one of the unique funiculars to the small mountainside village of Pigra. From there you climb to the ridgeline along an old military road. Along the way are two mountain hut rifugio to refuel with drinks and food. After Rifugio Venini the real off-road adventure begins along the narrow, technical single track trail often passing many of the friendly free-roaming animals.
The views are stunning, the exposure down the alpine basin considerable in sections, and the rocky descent requires a fair amount of skill and confidence. We recommend that accomplished mountain bikers undertake this adventure along with our guides who are prepared for potential mechincals in this remote area. Once you are pedaling you will be free to take in the views of Lake Lugano to the west and the Swiss and Italian Alps as far as the eyes can see.
The descent down to the lake is on rocky switchbacks and singletrack, taking you through an impressive military tunnel, and past small working farms on steep cobbled roads. As you emerge back to the populated lakeside you will feel like you were centuries back in time and quickly planning your return!