A route that takes you through the extraordinary landscape of the Reserve of Pian di Spagna, from the shores of Lake Como to the northern most part, called Baletrone, where large reeds and sedges extend down to the shores of Lake Mezzola.
From the pier of Colico take Via Montecchio Nord, after crossing the stream Inganna, continue along the bicycle path that leads along the bank of the river Adda. After about 3.5 km you reach the bridge over: go under and turn right onto the ramp up until the junction with the SS36. Pass the bridge on the sidewalk and then immediately turn right following the towpath of the river; access could be prevented by a bar, if so, pass around to the left. After about 800 meters, abandon the bank taking a left onto a path (that is not overly visible) up onto the escarpment and continue on the narrow street lined with wooden stakes and barbed wire. The path becomes asphalt after approximately 100 meters; continue until the stop sign, turn right (entering into the village Dubino), then at the fork steer left, following Via Vanoni until the junction with Via Don L. Guanella. Turn left at the stop sign and take a right on SS36. At the roundabout take the third exit (direction Como / Lugano), pass the level crossing and go right into Via Casello 7. After the small station, turn left onto the dirt road (direction of Cascina della Poncetta) and at the intersection, after about 500 meters, turn right on the ‘Sentiero Meditativo’ (contemplative path) of Don L. Guanella. Having passed the small house called Cascina della Poncetta, turn left following the directions for Cascina Spavioli, then left again towards the railway station. Back at the intersection, turn right toward the picnic area; after traveling along a dirt road for about 1.3 km, turn left onto the asphalt road of Via Poncetta, then immediately right on the bike path parallel to the road SS402. The track ends near the bridge over the river Mera (location Ponte del Passo): on the right you can stop in a picnic area with a panoramic view over the river. Shortly ahead cross with caution the SS340, taking the road that runs next to the restaurant/bar Pian di Spagna and at the junction go left along Via Fabbrichetta. In the vicinity of the last houses, turn right (signposted Percorso Naturalistico Sud – Nature Trail South) to arriving immediately at Fortino d’Adda (a fortification dating back to XVII century), at the fork keep left towards Ponte Borgofrancone (signposted), continuing on the dirt road up to the bridge over the canal and from here turn left. At the junction, about 500 meters ahead, go straight (direction Sentiero Valtellina) and follow the road up to the railway crossing.
(Text from the Brochure "Colico Outdoor")
|Starting point||Pier - COLICO|
|Arrival point||Pier - COLICO|
|Recommended period||All year round|