8V Parlasco-Esino Lario
Intermediate 8V Parlasco-Esino Lario
From: Parlasco
To: Esino Lario
Bike / Mountain Bike / E-mtb
Autumn / Spring / Summer
3 hours
13 km
Uphill: 580 m

This mountain bike route is a stunning ride that takes you through the Lecco province of Italy. From the foothills of the Grigne mountains, you follow a secluded road that connects the Valsassina with Esino Lario, bypassing the slopes of Monte San Defendente. The Passo Agueglio, a pre-Alpine pass at 1142 meters, can be ridden in both directions. You can start from Parlasco from the parking lot on Via Parlaschino. Alternatively, you can get to Parlasco from Cortenova following the provincial road 65. The route winds its way through the picturesque towns of the Val d'Esino and the Riviera, as well as Esino Lario, Perledo and Varenna. You don't face a continuous climb, but rather steep stretches alternating with false flats. The real challenge is the climb to Passo Agueglio, a mountain pass with challenging gradients, some ramps exceed 9%, and after several hairpin bends drop to 6% until leveling out completely at the Pass. From the top of the pass, you descend towards Esino Lario. After a few kilometers, you can turn left and continue towards Alpe Cainallo. Continuing to Esino Lario, you reach the town square where you can visit the Museo delle Grigne.



Cities crossed by the itinerary

Watch the itinerary video


Agueglio di Perledo
Chiesetta di San Defendente
Chiesa di Parlasco

Point of Interest

Itinerary Data


A new cycle network has been created in the Upper Lake Como area. There are 23 routes in two large areas along the lake's shores, for a total of 380 kilometers. Two routes are for beginners, 10 for intermediates, 8 for advanced cyclists, and 3 for experts. The difficulty scale and route tracking were verified by CAI experts, and an international evaluation standard was adopted in agreement with the Lombardy Region.

Along the routes, there are many panoramic points where you can admire the stunning beauty of Lake Como. The app provides all the information you need to safely navigate the routes, including directions to equipped areas, places of art and culture to visit, and events scheduled in the towns along the chosen route. You can also watch videos of the best panoramic views.

THE CYCLE ROUTES OF THE WESTERN NORTH LAKE COMO - There are 8 new routes at mid-mountain and high altitude, for a total length of 134 kilometers. The routes connect to existing connections between mountain towns and lakeside towns, where there is already a cycle path. The routes start in Sorico and pass through Montemezzo, Vercana, Trezzone, Livo, Peglio, Dosso del Liro, Gravedona ed Uniti, Stazzona, Dongo, Garzeno, Pianello del Lario, Musso, and end in Cremia.

THE CYCLE ROUTES IN THE VALSASSINA - There are 15 routes that allow you to climb from the lake to the Valsassina and Valvarrone, taking advantage of the trails on Mount Legnoncino; the loop circuits in the North Valsassina; the connections with the Valsassina cycle path; and the routes of the Val d'Esino.

WHAT ARE INTERNAL AREAS AND THE "UPPER LAKE COMO AND VALLI DEL LARIO" STRATEGY? - The "North Lake Como and Valli del Lario" Area Strategy was launched in 2018 as part of the National Strategy for Internal Areas 2014/2020. It involved 31 municipalities in the Valsassina, Valvarrone, Val d'Esino, and Riviera (Lecco) communities and the Valli del Lario and Ceresio communities (Como). The National Strategy for Internal Areas (SNAI) is a strategic plan designed to enhance and develop internal areas, which are often characterized by challenges such as depopulation, lack of services, and fewer economic opportunities. The goal is to promote the sustainable development of these areas by investing in infrastructure, services, the local economy, and the preservation of cultural and natural resources. The "Upper Lake Como and Valli del Lario" Area Strategy, implemented in the period 2018/2023, has made it possible to implement 31 projects for a total of 20 million euros, of which 5,285,000 euros were used to promote interventions to recover and enhance the heritage and to strengthen the cycle and hiking routes between the lake and the valleys.

Install app

What is a PWA? Progressive Web Apps are a hybrid of mobile app and Web site: it is a technology that runs on the browser and does not require downloads from the app store, which contains Web pages just like a site. Through the install command on the browser you can create a quick link on your smartphone.