On the traces of smugglers in the Spina Verde Natural Park of Como.
In my childhood, I didn't use to play "guard and thieves", we use to play "border guards against smugglers". Some of my friends' fathers and mothers were smugglers and sometimes in the night we could hear the guards shooting in the air behind my house, in the wood on the Swiss border.
In this tour you will discover what it means to live in a land whose border with Switzerland is so easy to cross due to the lack of mountains. For centuries, and still today, goods and people have been crossing this border, strongly affecting the local history.
Distance: 4mi / 6, 5 Km
Walking time: about 4, 30 h
Uphill height difference: about 600 ft /180 m
For good walkers - Good walking shoes with non-slip so
In case of large groups or additional requests I will be happy to adjust the tour according to your needs and to help you with any other thing a local should know.
I'll meet you in Como and, in about 15 minutes by car or van, we will get to the little S. Rocco church, the beginning of our walk of about 4, 30 hours, on the smugglers traces.
The path, in the wood of the Spina Verde Natural Park, will lead us to find the old and new signs of the passage of goods and people through the wood of this green thorn, which divide Italy from Switzerland.
Slowly going up and down on the park paths, I will tell you some funny stories about the gold times of smuggling so that, knowing where the smugglers passages are, you will easily pretend you are one of them who's trying to cross the border escaping from the guards!
Literally walking with one foot in Italy and the other one in Switzerland, we will get to the beautiful and panoramic little church of Gesa a Volt (the local dialect for "church at the top"). From here we can decide to go directly back to Como (20 minutes by minivan) or to stop for eating a tasty meal before returning to town.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 6 hours
In case of bad weather, the tour can be modified in agreement with the customer.
With heavy rain, the tour will be canceled.
It's a hiking tour but for the transfer, we will use a modern, clean, air-conditioned minivan.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 Euro - At the end of our walk we can relax tasting a good, healthy and genuine meal at a local natural restaurant.
The above cost is per person.
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
I'm a licensed guide only for the Park area. I Will not be able to guide you in town.