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Along the Via Spluga to Lake Como

From the Swiss Alps to the heart of the Italian Lakes
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • superb mountain, valley and lake views on this ancient and modern-day trading route
  • included entry to many places of interest
  • finish in style by the shores of Lake Como

The sapphire waters and sylvan shores of wish-bone-shaped Lake Como have sparked many a romantic reverie, ever since the time of Pliny during the Roman Empire. They have lured numerous famous visitors over the centuries – from Queen Victoria to modern-day Hollywood stars – and inspired countless works of art – including the verses of Wordsworth and Longfellow, and the operas of Verdi, Rossini and Bellini – and remain as intoxicating a target now as ever before.

More pleased, my foot the hidden margin roves, of Como, bosomed deep in chestnut groves. No meadows thrown between, the giddy steeps tower, bare or sylvan, from the narrow deeps.
     
William Wordsworth (Lake of Como – from ‘Descriptive Sketches’)

But don’t simply make a beeline for the lake: instead, embark on an adventure by following the historic Via Spluga from the Swiss Alps and over the Splügen Pass, and into Italy. Still a trading route to this day, the Via Spluga has formed the main link between Graubünden, Switzerland’s largest canton, and the Italian town of Chiavenna for up to 2,000 years, enabling the transfer of people, goods and ideas from places as far afield as Munich and Milan, and linking the two mighty valleys of the Rhine and the Po.
This ancient mule-track is not only awash with natural beauty, traversing spectacular gorges and passing bijou lakes, but is also packed with historical interest, and we include vouchers for entry to many places en route, such as Bottonera Mill in Chiavenna, and the Via Spluga Museum in the small town of Campodolcino, all of which provides a wonderful build-up to a memorable final two days by the shores of Lake Como itself.

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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
°C 5 7 11 15 19 23 26 25 22 16 10 6
mm 72 71 98 124 158 135 108 137 122 135 120 63

The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

In the mountains, temperatures will be lower than those on the shores of Lake Como shown above. The best time for flowers is June.