7 Summer Outdoor Activities To Try Near Milan

Bike from Milan to Lecco

This to some might sound like a long old trek, but the reality is a 75km and totally flat trip up the full length of the Martesana canal, joining the Adda river, is very doable for any pair of keen legs. If you set off from Milan, you’ll be rewarded with continuous mountainous views as you approach and if it all goes wrong after a beer or two in Lecco, you can catch the train home! ( Mountain bikes are recommended due to some dirt paths upon nearing Lecco, you can rent bikes directly from Eastriver Martesana, by metro stop Turro, they also organise tours! )

Hike the Sentiero del Viandante

A peaceful walk around the eastern coast of Lake Como, avoid crowds and find some shade up in the hills along the lakeside. See a write up of our favourite part of the walk here.


Wild Swim in Lake Monate

Not far from Milan, Monate is a small lake where you can swim, kayak and even pedalo without the worry of boats crowding and polluting the lake. If you want a quieter option to the usual hustle and bustle of Como, this is ideal. Only slight downside is you’ll almost definitely need a car to access for a day as the navigation on public transport is a bit fiddly. Book a spot at the Larice Club for access to a swimming area and various activities.

Climb and Hike in Valmalenco

If you need a weekend away from the heat of Milan and to take social distancing to the next level, we can recommend staying in rifugio Zoia in Valmalenco. Here you have some excellent climbing and hiking right on your doorstep, and excellent food and accommodation too. We loved it so much that we went back to enjoy the winter version, snowshoeing and skiing!


Kayak on Lake Orta

The lesser known smaller sibling of Lake Maggiore, sat slightly to the West, Orta is a truly undiscovered paradise. Kayaks can be rented from the main town of Orta San Giulio if you walk slightly along the promenade to a small, boat filled jetty. There is an island in the middle of the lake that can be explored from the tranquility of your own little boat, as well as simply lay back and admire the beauty of the (oft) snowy capped mountains and forests surrounding you!


Paddle Board on Lake Como

Paddle boarding has become pretty popular and it’s not difficult to see why. Alone, at one with the water, in total tranquility, great views, what more could you want?! Nestled in a small bay, Colico is a on the north west side of Lake Como and can be accessed by train from Milan. See how to rent SUP here, as well as Kite Surf if you’re feeling like an even bigger adrenaline hit!

Climb in Lecco

It would’t be an on the doorstep post if we didn’t manage to squeeze a little in about climbing! Great for summer and winter spots, Bobbio is a ski station near Lecco with a great climbing spot just along the track from the lift, with routes to suit all abilities. Driving is again the simplest way, with a handy car park, making the approach around 10 minutes. There is access from Milan via train & bus, whilst the winter months often see a shuttle bus running. You’ll also find a cheeky bar at the bottom of the lift for an après climb beer.


Enjoy exploring some outdoor adventures a little bit different to the usual cultural and fashion filled weekend in Milan.

Love Zo x x

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