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Sentiero 2 - Route 2
Visgnola -Belvedere Makallè - Chevrio - Regina Pacis - Cascina Giacinta - Pietra Lentina - Parco monte S. Primo – Alpe Spezzola. Dislivello in salita: 1040 mt - Tempo totale impiegato: 4h 45 min - Difficoltà: E = escursionistico facile. Elevation gain: 1040 m - Total time: 4h 45 min - Difficulty: E = easy hike.
Leave your car in the church square in Visgnola, 2 kilometres from the village of Bellagio (you can also reach by Visgnola by bus, on the route to Lecco). Leave the square heading west and return along the provincial road (via Valsassina) towards Ghisallo –Erba. After 80 m, take the steps on your left (trail sign 2). The route leads steeply uphill through the meadows and wood, following the red and white trail sign. When you come out of the wood and reach the Elisa Farmstead, pay attention to the trail, which deviates, on the flat, towards the left. After around 100 m turn right and go back through the meadow, following the sign for Chevrio. After climbing over some very easy low rocks, you come to an unpaved road, which you follow uphill.
Walk besides the green fence on the left and then a retaining wall. After 400 m on the right is the Makallè viewpoint (581 m above sea level - 55 min.) where you can enjoy a splendid view of the centre of Lake Como. Follow the unpaved road, past the Baita Belvedere restaurant (offering a lovely view) and descend to the hamlet of Chevrio. Pass the little chapel and the drinking fountain, and continue straight up the asphalt road to the provincial road. Turn right and descend for about 200 metres. At house number 206 turn left and take an unpaved road bordered by fences (trail sign 3). Continue uphill, past some villas and the Gallasco farmsteads, until you reach the provincial road at the little Regina Pacis church (696 m above sea level - 1 hour 45 min). Turn left onto the provincial road (towards villa Mora) and come to via Mora (on your right), which is an asphalt road leading uphill. Continue to where the road ends at a farmstead (with a fresco of the Virgin Mary). The route continues to the left on a ‘false flat’ bordered by bushes. It then comes out at Munt del Mot – the Dalcò farmstead, where you turn left at the fork, leading to a mule track from Civenna where you turn right. Follow this mule track to the Giacinta farmstead where there is a brass tap you can drink from. Follow the trail that continues gently uphill through the woods, passing the gates until you come to the final part of the trail, Pietra Lentina, the largest erratic boulder of the Lake Como triangle. If you wish, half way along the trail, you can make a detour to the left towards PietraLuna / pian Rancio). Opposite Pietra Lentina, to the left, is a trail leading from the provincial road through the pine forest, which continues halfway down the mountain and comes out near an ENEL (electricity board) pole, in the Genzianella Hotel - Mount S. Primo car park (1100 m above sea level - 3 hours 20 min), along the provincial road leading from Pian Rancio. After passing the hotel, take the road to the left and pass the crossroad continuing into the woods along an unpaved road. The road turns into a path that descends slightly to a little house, pass the house (hut Maria), take the path to the right (the path on the left leads to the Anna Maria Refuge at Piano Rancio). Continue uphill through the beech wood, past the beautiful old ice house surrounded by beech trees and continue high above the abandoned houses of the Alpe di Magreglio. The trail climbs gently with some curves, keep to the left until you reach the fork where you meet Route 1 from S. Primo. Stay low to the left and continue into the woods halfway until after a few valleys, you get into a meadow where you meet Route16 from Piano Rancio to the left. Continue turning right until you reach the unpaved road which connect Colma di Sormano with the top of Monte San Primo, you are on the “Dorsale” Brunate / Bellagio – Route 1 (1307 m above sea level - 4 hours 45 min).