GPS Varese

Lakes of Northern Italy Bike Tours


  • if you belive that one of the greatest sources of pleasure is what happens during a ride and around a table when you'll come back at the hotel for the afternoon buffet snack;
  • if you like to focus on your biking attivity without moving from an hotel to another one every day and to have a daily laundry service for your cycle clothing;
  • if you love to enjoy what the area has to offer: old-age villas, gardens, hermitages, exibitions, history, art and culture;

then book your cycling holiday and ride the Northern Italy's Lake District like a real local.

Cycling holidays around Lake District
in Northern Italy - Bike Tours

Lake Maggiore – Lake Varese – Lake Lugano – Lake Como – Madonna del Ghisallo

We are the hotel owners and the guides and we are the operator of our tours.
All daily rides start from our Eco Bike Hotel Ungheria located in the town of Varese, owned and operated by a family for 3 generations. All the family works here.
Three meals a day including a dinner in a different local restaurant each night.

A short 30 minute ride to Malpensa airport with van support to Varese. See the box below “How to get here”.
A short 60 minute ride to Milan.

We prefer to ride from 8.00 to 15,00 and then to come back to the hotel by mid-afternoon, so you can sit and relax on our patio sipping drinks, or tasting the afternoon buffet snack, or shopping in downtown Varese.
We can suggest you attivities beyond the biking as well. See the box below “Activities beyond the tour”.

Once you get out of town (10 km approx) you essentially have NO traffic, "undulating" and "up and down" roads across valleys, hills and eight lakes in small groups (8/10 riders) together with a local guide on bike.
Mechanical breakdowns, accidents or falls sometimes happened, however we always took our guests home quickly. Our guests are never abandoned, and the assistance is fundamental part of our rides.

The opportunity to plan each day's ride to suit you (beginner, intermediate, advanced):

  • Beginner: short routes (30 - 50 km approx per day ) with few and short climbs. See Gentle Cycling Tour All Inclusive
  • Intermediate: middle routes – main routes (80 km approx per day) with some climbs. See Road Bike Tour All Inclusive
  • Advanced: long routes – avid options (80 - 100 km approx per day) with many climbs. See Road Bike Tour All Inclusive

The climbs aren't long (generally from 3-4 km to 9-10 km) but they can be one after the other.
You might think that, alas, this is not the place for more relaxed rides or for gentle and slow cycling.
However, we planned itineraries where you can avoid cycling any big hills and medium sized hills too.

Lakes of Northern Italy Bike Tours

Bici da strada   Salite   MTB   Piste ciclabili   Escursionismo

The one day Autumn classic, Tour of Lombardy, or “the race of the falling leaves”, marks the end of the UCI World Tour calendar. Other cycling events include the Coppa Bernocchi in September and the Tre Valli Varesine in October, one-day road races included in the UCI Europe Tour calendar.
In March, the Province of Varese hosts the Trofeo Binda, a one-day road race included in UCI Women's World Tour calendar.
In September takes place the Granfondo Tre Valli Varesine.
Varese awarded 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships:


Varese is well-known in the Australian cycling environment. It houses the Australian Institute of Sport European Training Center, the U23 and women's team base, and the Orica-BikeExchange service course.
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The small Shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo is at Magreglio (CO) between the two branches of Lake Como and it isn’t far from Varese : approx. 80 km - 49 miles. It’s an all-day ride. The Madonna del Ghisallo is venerated by international cycling as patroness of cycling and the place has become the focus of many riders' pilgrimages.
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Tours feature undulating and peaceful roads with little traffic among gently rolling hillsides, valleys and mountains, challenging climbs, descents and above all, views across the Prealps, Alps, the Monte Rosa Massif and Italy’s northern lakes. Eight lakes of different sizes surround Varese. You will mainly follow small and scenic roads, with few road signs.


The three most important lakes in the area are, from west to east, Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Como.
Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second-largest lake, is the longest lake of the Italian Lakes measuring 65 km. long and has a surface area of 215 square kilometres – 83 square miles.
Lake Como and Lake Lugano are smaller.
Between and around these are several minor lakes - such as Lake Orta, west of Maggiore, and Lake Varese, midway between Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano, as well as countless Alpine tarns trapped in the high valleys.
Eight lakes of different sizes surround Varese and Como.
The southern end of area is relatively flat ( approx 300 metres .a.s.l. – 990 feet .a.s.l.) and more peopled, but the northern end is mountainous (approx 1.000 metres a.s.l. - 3,280 feet a.s.l.) as the lakes reach the foothills of the Alps in Switzerland.
The region offers classic images of Italy: balconies over blue water, sleepy cobblestone villages and stone cottages, secluded gardens and exotic flora.


For any information and reservation, please contact directly Eco Bike Hotel Ungheria at Varese, your cycling holiday base in Italian Lake District:
Viale Borri 98 - 21100 Varese VA (Italy) - Phone +39 0332 264 325

For cycling tips, please get in touch with GPSVarese: - Tel.: +39  347 0784939 - P.iva 02337130120