Hiking Trips and Tips N°3 – [TDV] Sentiero del Viandante


The Sentiero del Viandante (Wayfarer’s Path) is an easy path that can be reached from all over Italy (and also from Switzerland!) by train. The trail runs around the east side of Lake Lecco and Lake Como. There are many train stops around the trail which allows even the least trained hiker to complete it in sections. The main challenge is to complete it in one go, but splitting it up is quite easy.



You can download the gps data here: https://www.komoot.it/tour/592049585


At a Glance

Distance:  46,2km (28.5mi)

Duration (average):  One or more days

Difficulty Level: Easy but long

Start / Finish: Abbadia Lariana (LC) / Colico (LC) Southbound – Colico (LC) / Abbadia Lariana (LC) Northbound

Elevation Gain: 1950m (6397ft)

Elevation Loss: 1980m (6496ft)



The Sentiero Del Viandante Waymark, you’ll find many of those around the trail. Picture by Sofia Blu©


Getting There & Away:

You can arrive to Abbadia Lariana, Colico and every checkpoint by train (Mandello del Lario, Olcio, Lierna, Fiumelatte, Varenna-Esino, Bellano-Tartavalle Terme, Dervio, Dorio, Piona, Colico).

Season: You can go almost in every season, You can find snow during the colder months near the higher points.


There are several towns along the route where you can refuel. Picture by Sofia Blu©


Permits: no permits are required

Language: Italian. A basic knowledge of either definitely comes in handy.

Cell/Mobile Phone Coverage: As the trail is at a fairly low altitude, telephone signal coverage is good.

Yuri looks behind himself to check out his previous self. Picture by Sofia Blu©

Resupply & Water:

Resupply: The trail crosses numerous villages where it is easy to stock up on food and have a lunch or a dinner.

Water: Water can also be supplied in the villages.

The mountains and the lake blend into the horizon to create an amazing effect. Picture by Sofia Blu©

Route / Conditions:


The Sentiero del Viandante is always well signposted and in excellent condition,  the path can be tackled in several sections or along its entire length, always benefiting from stunning views.
The best time of year to ride the trail is in spring and autumn when the temperatures are not too high.
However, it is also an excellent winter training circuit, since it does not reach particularly high altitudes and it is rarely snowy.

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