The mountains around the lake offer great hiking possibilities from a few hours to an entire day, ranging from simple, peaceful lakeside strolls to steep mountain paths offering amazing panoramic views of the lake. Just remember to bring good shoes and a rain jacket. We provide detailed information and tips at the hostel and introduce you to other guests who want to hike as well. The views get even more spectacular when you share the experience with new friends!

Tour levels:


Lake Como is a cyclists world heaven, and lodging in at the Lake Como Hostel in Menaggio, at the Center of the Lake, is the best way organize great cycling week-ends or weeks (especially between March and June and September and October when the air is fresher and the colours of Spring and Autumn are spectacular and from May 1st to October 31st when high passes open). What we can offer to cyclists is a variety of bike tours of one , self assisted or with the (possibilita)availability of a van to reach the main starting point of the tours. We recommend bringing your own bike if you are planning to do a tour with significant climbing and descending. It is safer and more enjoyable. For your "pride and joys" we can offer secure dry storage; however, mountain bike and e-bike rentals are available at the Hostel. Some tour examples departing from Menaggio Youth Hostel:

  • Stelvio Pass, assisted by our van
  • Madonna del Ghisallo Pass, with World Cycling Shrine and World Cycling Museum
  • Splugen Pass directly from Menaggio or with Ferry and Train
  • Maloja Pass directly from Menaggio or with Ferry and Train
  • Sighignola (the Balcony of Italy) directly from Menaggio
  • The Round the Grigna Mountain Tour Directly from Menaggio
  • Lake Como, Lake Lugano or Lake Maggiore Tours (the 3 Lakes Tour)

What to do

Once you get to Lake Como you will notice that there is much more to do than expected. To give you an idea here are some tips:


Villa del Balbianello

See famous Villa del Balbianello, location of the Star Wars Wedding and health resort for James Bond in Casino Royale.

Villa Carlotta

Visit Villa Carlotta and get lost in its beautiful botanical garden and art exhibition in the Villa itself.

Small Towns


Wander around the narrow alleyways of Varenna and hike up to Castello di Vezio with a breathtaking view over the lake.


Situated on the peak of the Lake, Bellagio is known to be the Pearl of Lake Como with its fancy restaurants and shops, villas and gardens.


Staying at our Hostel it is easy to plan a day trip to Switzerland.


It only takes a one-hour bus ride to Lugano, famous for its Music Festival, bars and clubs.


Take the world-famous panoramic Bernina Express Train and see parts of the Alps you normally don't get to.


Cool down or sunbathe at the lovely tiny beach right in front of the hostel or at the fancy Lido Menaggio (discounts for hostel&rsquos guests).

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