The 5 best snowshoe hikes in Lombardy
Snowshoeing on the Piani di Bobbio
In the province of Lecco, about an hour's drive from Milan, one of the most popular ski resorts in Lombardy, the Piani di Bobbio, awaits you with two easy snowshoeing routes in the company of others.
From the Barzio cableway, a stone's throw from the Stella mountain hut and the Lecco shelter, ideal places to stop for a bite to eat, you can follow a ring-route in about 2½ hours that passes through the amphitheatre of the Gruppo dei Campelli and Corno Grande in the Vallone dei Megoffi: maximum altitude 1662 metres and a difference in altitude of 130 metres.
In 3 and a half hours, on the other hand, you can reach a height of 1900 metres with the loop route that passes by the Cima di Piazzo with a panoramic view of the Gruppo dei Campelli and the Orobie Bergamasche.
The difference in altitude is 300 metres.
Snowshoeing in Madesimo
In Madesimo, a municipality in the province of Sondrio that can be reached in just over 2 hours from Milan, we suggest two snowshoeing routes.
From the centre of Medesimo you can enter the forest and walk across the plateau to Mottaccio, returning to the starting point. This route is suitable for beginners, with an altitude difference of 200 metres and a walking time of 2 hours.
The circular route from the parish church of San Martino is of medium difficulty. 2 hours and an altitude difference of 250 metres with ascents and descents in the Ca Raseri area, plus a walk in the forest.
Snowshoeing in Ponte di Legno-Passo del Tonale
The Ponte di Legno-Tonale area, in the province of Brescia and 170 kilometres from Milan, boasts 16 snowshoeing itineraries in Valle Camonica.
You can rent snowshoes on site and choose the most suitable route for you to discover unique places such as Mortirolo, Valbione, Corno d'Aola and Val Grande.
If you are after a truly magical experience, we recommend the annual Caspolada al Chiaro di Luna (Caspolada by Moonlight) in Vezza d'Oglio, Italy's most popular night snowshoe hike: 9 kilometres for the long route (5 km for the short one) and an altitude difference of 150 metres.
Snowshoeing in Livigno
If you love snowshoeing in the winter and are looking for routes for those with more experience, you can test yourself in Livigno with 3 routes of medium difficulty, such as the Val Federia Tee tour: 4 km, 447 metres difference in altitude and almost 3 hours.
The most difficult snowshoeing route in Livigno takes you up to Baitel da Plascianet in just over an hour, with an altitude difference of 286 metres.
Children and beginners can enjoy 3 routes such as the art trail in a forest of centuries-old larches and the one leading to the Crap della Pare peak in just 2 kilometres. You can snowshoe in Livigno, in the province of Sondrio, in 3 ½ hours from Milan.
Snowshoeing in and around Bormio
In the province of Sondrio, less than 2 hours from Milan, is Bormio, a small gem of the Valtellina.
The snowshoe trails in Bormio will appeal to everyone, from beginners to experts.
Beginners can discover Val di Rezzalo with the route from Fontanaccia to San Bernardo at 1860 metres. It takes three hours to get there, but the difficulty level is low.
The Sentiero delle sorgenti is also easy, if you want to reach 2000 metres. If you feel up to a difference in altitude of 479 metres, the Sentiero dell'Ables will give you a magical view of the Sobretta and Cevedale mountain range.