comolagobike guided Tours & Events

The Lombardia region is steeped in cycling history, from the sacred Madonna del Ghisallo chapel, to the climbs featured in the Giro di Lombardia and Giro d'Italia, to the people who call this their home. You haven't experienced the bliss of cycling until you've ridden along the granite cliffs and sparkling water of Lake Como. Bottecchia carbon fiber road and mountain bikes are available to rent, or if you don't want to sweat too much, so are Bottecchia e-bikes.  All guides are local cyclists and even former professional racers, all accredited through Italy Bike Hotels. Our Cycling Manager and lead guide, Alberto Elli, grew up south of Lake Como and trained on these roads throughout his 16 years as a professional racer, which took him to the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia, the Giro di Lombardia, and so many more.  In 2000 he wore the Malliot Jaune in the Tour de France for four days. Does he have stories to share as he leads you on these roads? You bet!

Alberto on the podium in July 2000 at the Tour de France.

Alberto on the podium in July 2000 at the Tour de France.

ComoLagoBike president, Luca, with Alberto waiting for you in front of the bike shop and rental point.

ComoLagoBike president, Luca, with Alberto waiting for you in front of the bike shop and rental point.

Below are special multi-day guided events led by ComoLagoBike, but what we specialize in are daily guided rides from April to November. You can arrive and depart on your holiday as suits your schedule, allowing you full flexibility to ride a few days or a few weeks.  Daily guided group rides leaving from Hotel Il Perlo are available throughout the season for all levels. Want to customize your own tour with a group of friends? Let us know! Custom tours can be built for the Lake Como area or nearby mountains based on your interests and fitness levels.



yinzers go the the giro d’italia on Lake Como

May 2019

It will be Giro d’Italia fever on Lake Como in May, with one stage on Lake Como and another nearby in the Italian Alps on the Mortirolo. What better time for Pittsburgh cyclists to visit and truly get a once in a lifetime experience! Your days will be filled with activities for both the cyclist and their families, relaxing on the veranda of Hotel Il Perlo, and of course sampling all the local flavors of northern Italy.


The Beautiful Bike Returns

July 7-14, 2019

September 8-15, 2019

After their week of cycling and Italian la dolce vita immersion last September, the Beautiful Bike from Seattle, USA, is returning smitten not just for one week but two! Join Peter as your personal ambassador to this area and its special cycling culture.


Cycling the Italian Alps from bellagio

June 24-28, 2019

July 22-26, 2019

August 26-30, 2019

Are you ready for the ultimate tour of the Italian Alps? We are excited to announce three opportunities this summer for a guided four-day tour with our Cycling Manager, Alberto Elli, to the icons of the Alps- the Gavia, Stelvio (not one, but two sides), and Mortirolo. Not only will he guide you to the top of these great Italian mountains, but you will begin your tour from Hotel Il Perlo, in Bellagio. The base of the Alps is an easy and beautiful day ride just northeast of Lake Como.  Pazzo? No, not at all! Appassionato!


Giro d’Italia on Lake Como & Mortirolo

May 24-28, 2019

The Giro d’Italia comes for the first time to Lake Como’s iconic climbs like the Ghisallo, Sormano, and Civiglio - let Hotel Il Perlo and ComoLagoBike take you there! Your personal guide gets none better than Alberto Elli, who raced the Giro 10 times. Warm up for the Giro on these climbs then watch the race in front of Hotel Il Perlo or with Alberto near the finish in Como. The next stage will be the Queen Stage just northeast of Lake Como in the Italian Alps. Alberto will take you on a ride to the foot of the Mortirolo so you can tick this legend off your list, then cheer on the Maglia Rosa alongside Italy’s greatest tifosi.


Cycling Sardinia with Alberto Elli

March 3-10, 2019

If the cruel icy air of winter has you churning on the pedals inside, lock in your dates to visit the Italian Mediterranean island of Sardinia to make those indoor kilometers fly by. Alberto will be your personal guide to his favorite training destination, Sardinia. He has chosen his favorite roads, quaint hotels or B&Bs, restaurants, and scenic vistas. This week will not only give you a leg’s up on your tan lines, but on the spring club rides too.



the 112th edition of Il Lombardia

October 10-14, 2018

The tifosi and pros of Il Lombardia return to the shores and mountains of Lake Como, and the staff of Hotel Il Perlo and ComoLagoBike have put together five days of riding and racing sure the make the satisfy most devoted fan. Alberto Elli will lead you on rides of the area as well as recons of the famous climbs of Il Lombardia. Race day will be a picnic on the Muro di Sormano for all the close up action and festivities like none other. After these days of prepping your legs and mind, the final day will be your race in the Granfondo Il Lombardia.


Lake Garda & Lake Como Package

April-October 2018

What is better than cycling along the shores of one Italian lake? How about two! This year Hotel Il Perlo and ComoLagoBike are collaborating with their friends at the Garda Bike Hotel on beautiful Lake Garda to the east of Lake Como to bring you one amazing experience. This package includes 3 days (or more!) at each hotel plus nearly every service you could need during your holiday: daily guided tours, accommodations, meals, snacks, a cycling kit from each hotel, airport and inter-lake transfers and more. For each hotel the bike rental is separate, the cost depending on which model you choose. The starting price is 199 euros/night/person based on double occupancy and a minimum 6 night stay - a fantastic deal for the ultimate Italian Lake experience!


Women's la dolce vita week

September 30 - October 7 2018

After the success of our first Women's Week in 2016 we're thrilled to offer it again in 2018. Come solo or grab your girlfriends and prepare for a week making new friends and enjoying la dolce vita on two wheels in Lake Como. After sleeping in and enjoying breakfast on the stunning Hotel Il Perlo patio, we'll saddle up on our Bottecchias for a few hours of riding along the lake or in the surrounding hills. Each ride will include scenic photo opps, obligatory caffè stops, and some of the best riding you've done in your life. The afternoons and evenings will be spent relaxing, enjoying a villa tour, or local cycling community event. And of course, enjoying the local Italian cuisine, wine, and all the gelato you want - you earned it! 


A Week for The Beautiful Bike

September 8 - 15 2018

An all-inclusive, 7-day package just for clients and friends of The Beautiful Bike in Seattle! All that hard summer training will pay off when you arrive at Hotel Il Perlo and have your first cappuccino on the patio then check out your Bottecchia for the week. We'll have private guided tours of some of the best routes in the region - routes with long gentle climbs and others that take you spinning past lakeside villas and cafes. Each ride will end with a scrumptious meal at Hotel Il Perlo and the afternoon free to enjoy all that Lake Como has to offer. Add a few dinners at some of Bellagio's best restaurants and you'll realize why visitors leave entranced!


special 2-Day ghisallo-Muro package

April 2018

April in Italy! After the long winter, treat yourself to la primavera by waking up your legs with two days riding the Ghisallo and Muro di Sormano. ComoLagoBike and Hotel Il Perlo are welcoming the spring season with a special April all-inclusive cyclist's package that includes two days of cycling, three nights accommodation, guided tour, and rental bike. Choose whichever dates are best for you then come prepared for la bella  primavera