Starting Point Como
The starting point of the hike is Como. Como ist auch mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln gut erreichbar, so dass man nicht auf das eigene Fahrzeug angewiesen ist. Von Mailand, Bahnhof Cadorna fährt die Nordbahn Trenord bis Como Lago, perfekter Ausgangspunkt, da man nach wenigen Minuten die Funicolare erreicht. Alle 15 min fährt die Standseilbahn Funicolare nach Brunate und überwindet auf ihrer Fahrt einen Höhenunterschied von 500 m, was einen herrlichen Blick über Como und die Bootsanlegestellen freigibt. In Brunate angekommen, kann man sich eine kleine Stärkung und einen Cappuccino mit Aussicht gönnen, bevor die Wanderung beginnt.
From Brunate to the Alessandro Volta Lighthouse
The path is well signposted from Brunate. Passing beautiful villas, which are usually protected from view by high hedges, the Mulattiera, a former donkey trail always leads uphill to the San Maurizio district. In the summer months, numerous visitors and walkers bustle here. In San Maurizio there is a parking lot, a bus goes up from Brunate every hour and there are several restaurants and bars, mostly with a beautiful lake view. It is worth taking a small detour to the left up to the Alessandro Volta lighthouse. On particularly clear days, apart from Como, the lake with its villas in Cernobbio, Chiasso, and nearby Switzerland, you can see the massif of Monte Rosa to the west and the Monviso in the southwest. To the southeast are Lago di Montorfano and Lago di Alserio, with which the Brianza area begins, as the area between Northern Milan and the Prealps is called.
Ascent to Monte Boletto
From San Maurizio, a district of Brunate, a wide, well-signposted hiking trail leads past refreshment points, which are called Trattoria, Locanda, Capanna, Rifugio, and Baita. It goes into the mountains, always uphill to Monte Boletto at an altitude of 1236 m.
Descent to Torno
We go back the same way, past two huts to the junction on the right hand with the sign Monte Piatto / Torno. Since there are no other places to stop on the way down to the lake, it is advisable to check your supplies at this point. After Torno, the path leads exclusively downhill through a dense chestnut forest, and only in the winter months is the view of the lake not blocked. If you are lucky, you will find traces of wild boar and ibex. After about an hour and a half, we reach Monte Piatto, a small housing estate. After the village, a few steps lead up to the church, where you can take a short break with a beautiful view of the lake. Don’t miss the attraction on the way, the boulder Pietra Pendula. It is a small detour and the way to the massive Pietra Pendula stone is well signposted. After a few meters, the path through the forest goes right down to Torno. Passing an estate in which there is another giant erratic block, the path now turns into a forest road that leads directly down to Torno.