An enchanted wood and breathtaking views over Cernobbio: Croce dell’Uomo and Pievenello.
Would you ever had guessed that just a few miles from Como are an enchanted wood and breathtaking vantage point with panoramic views over the city and Lake Como? Yes, it’s Croce dell’Uomo.
Luigi Dotti, who was the mayor of Piazza Santo Stefano in 1924, wrote about an old local story that recounts how on the last day of August, in a year sometime towards the end of the seventeenth century, a violent thunderstorm suddenly blew up from nowhere and a farmer from Piazza Santo Stefano (which is now Cernobbio) came racing down the mountainside dragging a bundle of wood while the storm continued to rage. As he reached the summit of the mountain overlooking the village, the poor man was struck by lightning and died. After a long, agonising search, his relatives finally found his body and planted a simple wooden cross in the spot where he had died to commemorate the tragic event. Since then, whenever the people in the village mentioned that area, they just said, “There… where you’ll find that man’s cross.” And that is how the place known as Croce dell’Uomo got its name, which remains to this day.
Another excellent reason for visiting this marvellous place is the intriguingly quirky sculptures crafted by Giò (Giosué) Aramini. Carved from wood or even into the trees, these sculptures make this an exceptionally unique place like no other
This itinerary takes us to Croce dell’Uomo, and with groups of fitter, more experienced people we can continue on through the characterful village of Piazzola to reach the vantage point at Pievenello. From there, at 777 m above sea level, unique views are revealed over our lake, Como and the entire Brianza area.
We then follow the same road down towards Cernobbio for a quick visit to the town square and the lakefront. Alternatively, our more experienced customers will enjoy descending the Pievenello mule track towards Rovenna and then on to Cernobbio.
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This guided tour by e-MTB (electric mountain bike) offers two itineraries of varying lengths: one is a three-hour ride while the other is four hours. The level of technical difficulty and physical effort required also varies according to your chosen itinerary, which you can check below. The following summary illustrates the level of technical difficulty and physical effort that apply to each option.
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY (rated from 1 to 5): ▼▼▼
PHYSICAL RATING (rated from 1 to 5): ♥ ♥ ♥
STS (Single Trail Scale): S2
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY (rated from 1 to 5): ▼▼▼▼
PHYSICAL RATING (rated from 1 to 5): ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
STS (Single Trail Scale): S4
The Single Trail Scale (STS) is an international trail grading system: to find out more you can download the description of all the STS levels.
Our guides are on hand to give you all the information and tools you needs to tackle the itineraries. The price of the tour includes e-MTB hire. If you would prefer to use a conventional MTB or bring your own bike, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discounts are available for large groups: please contact us to find out more about pricing.
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