WHAT GUESTS SAY
Peter Shepard, Boston area
Had two fantastic days of riding - today was a full day bellagio-passo del ghisallo-nesso and back. What a beautiful place to ride! It was a pleasure to meet you and have the opportunity to rent one of your bikes. Ciao, Peter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Martin Collins - Ireland
We had a wonderful time in Italy and intend to return at some point and would like to use your business again , great service , good bikes and no hassle. Regards Martin
Paul Hogan, Sydney
Pietro John and I had the most brilliant day of our cycling lives with Sergio yesterday. Thank you for everything. Cheers! Paul Hogan
Malcom Allen, Sydney
Dear Nicole, we have just finished a wonderful day looked after by your guide!! Everything went exactly as planned and we would like to thank you and your team for all that you did to make this a very special day for us. Regards Malcolm Allen
Kalle Koistinen, FINLAND
Buongiorno ... want to say Thank You ! To all of you there in Lake Como Cycling. The red Romeo worked very well and the distance travelled in three days were something like 300 hundred kilometers. Como, Mendrisio, Varenna and Lugano becomed familiar with ...
Nick Pannell, Adelaide AUS
Hi Nicole, I just wanted to thank you and the Lake Como Cycling team for your friendly efficient assistance in arranging and providing myself with a hire bike today. It was a very nice bike to ride and rode perfectly. It provided me with a unique and very enjoyable ride around Bellagio and Magreglio I will remember. Grazie Nick
Rick Shoff - Doylestown, PA (USA)
Pietro Thank you for organizing my ride. Your help before and during my visit to Como was outstanding. Only regret I have is not riding more than one day. It was a great bike and epic ride. The climb to Madonna del Ghisallo was incredible. As a side note, the gentleman dropping off my bike inadvertently overcharged me 35 Euro and someone from Como Cycling returned it to me before I returned from my ride. Wow! That says it all about Lake Como Cycling. I truly appreciate your honesty. Thank You
Lisa Galesso, Bristol - UK
Hello Pietro, Thanks so much for organising Andrea our guide and the bikes. We had an unforgettable day and it made Gary's 50th very special. Also a massive thank you for recommending the restaurant!!! Yours Sincerely Lisa Galesso
Randy Anderson, Minneapolis - USA
Nicole, My friend and I had two great rides on Friday and Saturday in the Lake Como-Lugano area Lastly, we rode up the Belaggio to Ghizallo clim on Friday in Belgian national jerseys and got interviewed by Belgian Tv! Check it out nieuws.vtm.be/sport/201209288247-wereldkampioen-gilbert-wil-ook-ronde-van-lombardije-winnen Thank you! Randy Anderson
Kevin Franks, London
Would just like to say a big thank-you for a wonderful training camp in tossa del mar: Pietro is (as always) the perfect host, the hotel is perfect and (most importantly) the cycling is excellent. Just about to book my third consecutive year..... Kevin Franks novo hair Southend/Hockley
Stephen Girdis, Sydney
Pietro, thankyou for the last few days. Really great ! As the great american general Mcarthur once said "We shall return !" Stephen and Maria
Joe Gilvarry, Dublin IRELAND
Hi LCC, just a few words of thanks for the amazing service and bike I got from you on the 13th June 2012. After spending 1/2 a day searching in Como for a bike to rent I found your web address on Google. After a quick phone call bike and cycling shoes were delivered early next morning, a quick adjustment to the saddle and I was away. The bike was a dream to ride, no aches or pains after spending most of the day in the saddle. The SPD cleats did get a few looks but it made walking around the various sites very comfortable. Most of your clients are probably forward planers and have booked well in advance through the web but you should get your name out in the Hotels and information centres in the area. I was told everywhere it is not possible to rent a bike but I was determined to go for a spin so checked the web as a last resort. I would have missed out on the magnificent spin to Bellagio and Madonna Di Ghisallo if I went with the local knowledge. Thanks again, Joe
Ken MacAlpine, Ontario CANADA
Hi Keith Not sure where you live ... I live in Ontario and have agreed to be a reference for and if possible give some insight into my experience with Lake Como Cycling. Last October my wife and I was give a very pleasant 1 day tour by Pietro the owner of Lake Como Cycling in and around the Como area. The next day using one of Pietro's bikes ... which was a year or 2 old Time with carbon frame and Ultegra and in very good condition .....I cycled by myself from Como and up to the Madonna del Ghisallo which is an outstanding ride and climb ... from there I descended into Bellagio where I met my wife for lunch on the patio of the Metropolition Hotel ... she had taken the high speed ferry from Como to Bellagio ... we both returned on the ferry to Como ... all in a memorable day. Pietro should be able to get you a bike that you will be happy with and point you in the right direction. If I can be of any further help email or call. Cheers Ken 519 -----
Mark Hirst, Brisbane
Hi Pietro, Greetings from “ Down under”. I just wanted to thank you for the bike, friendship, and such a fabulous time you showed us ( ie Tony and me ) in terms of great bike rides and terrific restaurants. All the best , Mark
Brant and Clotho Hasebe, Baku AZERBAIJAN
Pietro and Nicole, Clotho and I would like to thank you again for your extraordinary efforts this past week to make our third cycling holiday with you something special! It was great as always to ride the roads around Lake Como in your company, and we look forward to doing it again. An extra thanks for the additional effort to help us manage the logistics on feeding our baby Dash and helping my parents meet us during the day to make "Baby Boot Camp" a reality! Grazie mille!
Michael Maher, Houston and Brisbane
Just about to get on the plane. Thank you again my friend for an awesome trip. Let's stay in touch for sure!! Have a good day cycling. Mike
Trisha Frick, Baltimore - Maryland
Hi Nicole, we had such a wonderful day we would like to have another guided tour tomorrow ... Thank you so much! Trisha
Richard Satchell, London
Fantastic – thanks so much Pietro. We had a really good day and your advice to take the road bikes and a guide was absolutely perfect – just what we needed to get our training started.
Matt Cowan, London
Hi Pietro I’m back in the UK now, but wanted to let you know that I was really impressed by the service you provided and the quality of the Cinelli bike. It was like a brand new bike!! Many thanks and if I am back in Lake Como again I will contact you. Matt
Ryan Crabbe, Utah
The bike was great. I rode Erba-Como-Bellagio-Ghisallo-Erba. Incredible ride today!
Randy Anderson, Minneapolis - USA
Buongiorno Pietro. Yes, everything went very well. We had a fantastic ride and the bikes performed perfectly. It was quite a challenge getting up to Ghisallo from Bellagio, but we did it and were rewarded with some crazy downhills into Asso and beyond. Thanks for making this experience possible. Randy Anderson
Virva Pisano, Kempele FINLAND
Lake Como, Italy: the most beautiful place I have ever seen on the bike ...
Virva Pisano, Kempele FINLAND
Hi Pietro, I want to thank you for all the work that you did for me and Niina. You really made my day! I enjoyed the ride on Lake Como and my Serotta worked just fine. The womens saddle was great by the way :-) Ciao, Virva Virva Pisano, Polar Training Center Manager
Kumar Kathy Palghat, Steve Melissa Burcher, Sydney
Pietro, thank you so much for the wonderful week! We look forward to seeing you in Australia. Stephen, Melissa, Kumar and Kathy
Scott and Susie Hill, London UK
To Pietro ... what can we say? What a fabulous introduction to cycling holidays! We have had an absolute ball. Wonderful food, wine, accomodation and most importantly the company! You have got the measure of each of us and paced everything perfectly! With all our good wishes and hope to see you again soon, Susie + Scott XX Costa Brava, Spain (VIP Inns)
Group Vicano, Ontario - Canada
Nicole and Pietro, I just wanted to say Thank you for all your help and planning in making a memorable trip for my father and his friends. They had an amazing trip and are saying nothing but great things about Lake Como Cycling. I have attached a picture for you. Thanks Again, Nicole
Etan Gold - Israel
Dear Pietro, Thank you so much ! The bike was great and we had a very nice ride. Hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Etan
Hi all at Lake Como Cycling, thanks for the bike. I had a fantastic ride, and the bike was perfect. Nicole, please convey my thanks to Luigi and tell him I survived the Passo del Ghisallo. Best regards Ismael Sent from my iPad
Randi and Matthew Friedman, Connecticut
“Pietro, I cannot say enough how much we enjoyed cycling with you in the Alps, Piedmont, and Barolo region. Our route was very well planned out to assure us the most sensational scenery. It would be hard to say which mountain was the prettiest! Our hotels were terrific and the food was awesome. Thanks for pointing out the local specialties of the regions. We can’t wait to cycle with you again. “ Tour of Piedmont (Barolo) and French Alps
Maria Bazzini, Tampa - FL
Ciao Pietro! Hope your trip to Piemonte/French Alps went well! Thank you again for a wonderful cycling vacation in Lake Como, my parents and I had a great time! I will keep your trips in mind as we begin working on our travel plans for next year! Saluti, Maria
John Scammell, London
Dear Pietro, Thank for facilitating our travelling from Malpensa to Bellagio and back, which was carried out very efficiently by Luigi and Nicole and in a very friendly and helpful manner. Best wishes, John and Dorothy (Scammell)
Ron Clark, Toronto - Ontario (Canada)
Great ride today! Mille grazie to you and andrea. Hope to be back soon... Ron
Alexandre Perez, Brasil
Hi Pietro the ride was excellent! The sights are amazing around the lake and the climb to Madonna del Ghisallo visiting the church and the cycling museum is the cherry on the cake of an already spectacular experience. The bike was also very good, clean and well adjusted. Thanks for the punctuality, for giving me directions and for the restaurant tip. All went perfect. If you happen to go to Panama send me a note and I will take you for a ride there.
Sean OToole, Cape Town S.A.
Dear Nicole, thank you for delivering the bicycle, it rides beautifully. I will be out riding again today. Regards, Sean
Ivan Holyman, Sydney
Pietro thanks for a great tour and looking forward to next year. Regards Ivan (TOUR DE FRANCE 2011)
Mark and Maria Williams, Huntington Beach, CA, USA
Our first cycling trip to Italy was a real success thanks to Pietro’s extensive knowledge of the Lake Como area. Being on a tandem presents it own unique challenges, but he perfectly matched our riding skills to the routes; just hard enough so we could still enjoy a nice glass of wine at the finish. Not only was the road/route selection great but also the small hotels and local food recommendations. As they would say in Italy, MOLTO BUONA, Lake Como Cycling.
Rob Bernasconi, Perth (AUS)
Pietro, apologies for the late email, I am now back on line, with a new e-mail address. Really wanted to thank you all for our trip, we had a great time with a wonderful group of people. We will return, have just spoken to Barry, and are almost certain to jump on board your Spain Tour, as long as the Tour is conducted by you personally: Pietro. Might be an idea to let the others on our Dolomites Trip know that we are considered starters. Talking about Luigi and Nicole, please thank them for getting up early to deliver our bikes to Malpensa Airport, we really appreciated their consideration, it made the conclusion of our trip just so easy. Spoke to Kerry Phillips about your Tours, at length last weekend, he is the Sport travel Agent I advised you about. I'm certain he will make contact with you soon. Regards and a good Aussie G'day as well. Rob
Dave LaFreniere, USA
Pietro and Nicole, thanks again for the great service and well tuned bike! Regards, Dave
Simon Rawlinson, London - UK
Hi Nicole, Just a quick note to let you know that I really enjoyed my three days out on the bike around Lake Como. The Pinarello rode really well and your route suggestions were very good indeed – I particularly enjoyed the trip to Culmine St Pietro as I hadn’t appreciated that it would be such a good climb! Having looked at last year’s Tour of Lombardy route – which I assume will be repeated, it was great to see that I did almost all of the climbing involved in the race. All I need to do is be a lot quicker and the extra 150km! Seriously though, Como offers great cycling on beautiful quiet technically challenging roads and I am really pleased that you were able to help me out with such a beautiful bike. I’ll put something on Trip Advisor! Best regards Simon
Scott Nash, Washington State (USA)
Dear Pietro! Hello! Back home and back to work. I sure enjoyed the week with you. I miss Italy and the gelato!! My flight from Malpensa was shared with a New Yorker who was staying at the Villa Pizzo Villa -just the other side of the Villa d'Este- with his girlfriend, the owner! Small world full of coincidences. Her estate bridges Cernobbio and the next small town to the north. Pretty impressive. I gave him your name and business a hearty endorsement, so hopefully they will give you a call someday. Thanks again for such a memorable trip. Hope you see you again. Ciao! Scott (Tour of Lombardy Lakes)
Yan and Vincent Lee, HONG KONG
Hi Nicole, we just got to Albergo Centrale having lunched in Montrasio. It was really yummy! Tomorrow 8am pick-up and dropping us off at the Central Station in Milan would be great. If we don't see you before leaving, we wanted to say a big thank you to you and Pietro for the superb itinerary and all the extra help and dining tips we were given. We won't forget the ride up Ghisallo, hiking up to Sighinola and saw what we saw (we took that day off riding!) and all the amazing food we had, at Locanda and Silvio to name just a few. I didn't tell you how much I love pasta and I must have been overdosed on this occasion!!! Hope it won't be long before we can join you again! Ciao! Yan and Vincent (Self-guided Tour Lake Como)
Jarrett Bousquet, CANADA
Nicole, thanks again for everything! I had a great ride going around the lake and up to the Ghisallo; it was the best cycling experience I have ever had and I will be back for one of your longer tours! Best Regards, Jarrett
Simon Garing, AUS
Hi Nicole Back in Aus now and wanted to email you to thank you for your service in dropping the bikes off and picking up from the village…. A great service. Also the 2 bikes were in good condition…the Passoni was a great experience. Kind regards Simon
Andrea and Ray Martin - Ridgefield, CT
Dear Pietro, always nice to be home but we had a wonderful trip in Lake Como and I will have a difficult time to ever do something quite as nice! So you have helped to set the bar very high! Thanks again, see you this fall. Ray and Andrea
Marc and Lauren Bonaca, Boston
Dear Pietro, We had a wonderful trip. We have told many about our amazing biking experience! We thought we could do some advertising for you as we have many friends that love to travel and bike and we have a network through our triathlon team and local bike shop. We are also starting to plan for the Dolomites next summer. We are very grateful for your time in Como. Kind regards, Marc
Yishai Ashlag, Tel Aviv - ISRAEL
Hi Pietro, Zadok and I want to thank you so much for the great experience last week. We will never forget this week. Please also send our appreciation to Luigi. Best, Yishai
Matt Davis, AUS
Thanks again for you help and the service, the bike was great! I will recommend you business to freinds in Australia. Kind regards
Ed Jenkins, San Mateo, CA - USA
Thanks guys for the excellent recommendations and directions. Had an excellent ride yesterday complete with a nice Tuscan tan!
Ian Hoult, Nowra AUS
Hi Pietro, Thanks so much to you and Nicole for our wonderful cycling holiday. I liked the Cannondale bike so much that I would like to buy one. Could you let me know the specifications. Thanks again, grazie mille! Ian
Glenn Birnie, Brisbane AUS
It was a fantastic trip and the climb up the Zoncoclan was amazing. Thanks again for a fantastic trip.
Nitzan Paldi, Israel
Hello Pietro and Nicole it was a wonderful (albeit too short...!) holiday. Thank you.
Neil and Penny Mcmullin, Melbourne
I think Pietro is special, I am so glad that we found him using Google, and not following the other approach of going with a Travel Agent recommendation. I would be very happy recommending him to any travellers wanting a bike experience and will certainly talk to Maria (Adventure Melbourne) about this when we are back home. Already planning the next one, which has to be a good sign. Thinking across the Pyrenees from Atlantic to Mediterranean September 2012!
Bruce Pye, Hong Kong
Will be leaving early morning for the ride. Thanks for the help on this and booking the hotel. Will definitely recommend the trip to friends
Jan Keulemans, Amsterdam
Good afternoon, 2 weeks ago when I stayed in Como I rented a bike with your organisation. I can only say that your service was excellent: the bike was brought to my hotel (!); the bike was clean and well look after with all the equipment I needed. So thanks a lot. Kind Regards, Jan Keulemans
Mention in Lonely Planet Guidebook - Italian Lakes
"Top Tours" - A local cycling enthusiast will take on one-day bike tour of lake Como - or around Lombardy, into Switzerland or even to Rome. (www.lakecomocycling.com; Tours 125 Euro)
Russel & Ellen Komesarook, Gaithersburg MD (USA)
Pietro, another great bike holiday organized by Lake Como Cycling! The rides were amazing and discovering Lucca was a bonus. Thanks so much for arranging this for us.
Aidan Prior, London
Thanks for a great week. You are such good company and so relaxed. It helps to make everything seem effortless - which I know it isn't.
Silviu Nicolaescu, Bucharest - Rumania
Ciao Pietro, thank you once again for your assistance. Last Sunday was really a great experience for me. I never rode in Switzerland before and I must admit that you've reccomended a very nice course, virtually car free and with a few really good climbs. I'll see you next time I'm there in Lake Como which will be in a month or so, just before the Ironman in St. Polten. Grazie mille ancora una volta, Silviu
David & Helen Richardson, Sydney AUS
Hi Pietro We are now back in Australia after our long holiday. One of the highlights of our trip was the very memorable two days cycling around Lake Lugano, thanks for making it so enjoyable. Also good memories of the dinner at the Valverde Restaurant. Kind regards, David & Helen
Adrian Goh, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Dear Pietro would like to thank you for such a memorable ride - my best experience on a bike. I am looking forward to the Maratona of Dolomites in 2 years time with you.
Alwi Yunus, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Thanks again for everything. Could do Stelvio again today!
Menachem and Prof. Uzi, Tel Aviv (Israel)
Dear Pietro, this was our 3rd bike trip in Europe and the best. The lakes scenery is great, the course is a challenging one and the guides were wonderful. The ascent to Madonna del Ghisallo was a memorable one and so was the non forgettable ascent to Passo di Maniva .... The company was fun (piccolo Pierino was the subject of many jokes) especially in the evenings after we had wine with great Italian dinners. To remind us of this great week Uzi and I are climbing the mountains in Israel with these beautiful Lago di Como cycling outfits. Ciao! Uzi and Menachem
Joe and Jennifer Gawronski - NY, NY (USA)
“Pietro is not only an excellent guide with top of the line bikes, but a genuine person who is fun to be around. I was particularly impressed with the balance he showed between pushing me further, e.g., in convincing me to try clip-in pedals for the first time, and making sure I was comfortable. After a great day, I also felt he’d be the perfect person to introduce my wife to her first experience with cycling, so the three of us went out together for a second day and had a blast. You just simply can’t go wrong in deciding to cycle with a great professional and fun person like Pietro in a picturesque setting.” Pietro, Jen and I had a lot of fun with you. Many thanks again for a great experience and fun time. Again it was a real pleasure to meet and spend time with you. And don’t forget to email those pictures you took by the lake! Be well.
Joe and Lorraine T., Phila PA (USA)
We cannot say enough about our experience with Lake Como Cycling. Our 2 days cycling around Lake Como and Lake Lugano were the highlights of our trip to Italy. Pietro is a joy to ride with and very entertaining. He was courteous, attentive, personable and professional at all times. He gently encouraged Lorraine to master the hills and we are both better cyclists because of this experience. Looking forward to next time...... All the best, Lorraine & Joe
Joe Gawronski, New York, NY
Pietro, thanks for today- a lot of fun and great first experience on a road bike.... No prettier place for an introduction.
Mark Papenhausen (USA)
Pietro - I wanted to thank you again for renting the Colnago to me in Lake Como. I did end up climbing up to Esino Lario the next day which was a really nice climb. I think I enjoyed it more than the Ghisallo climb, amazing views around every corner. I broughtsome of your brochures back with me and will spread the word. Thanks again! Mark
Cece and Joe Middleton, Winston/Salem - NC (USA)
Pietro, thanks for the great suggestions on routes. 1st day: Ghisallo and on to climb Colma di Sormano - 2nd day: lake Lugano - 3rd day: afternoon short ride in Intelvi area. The bikes had no problems just needed a bigger motor to push the pedals up that 14% grade to Ghisallo! We will definitely recommend you and "Lake Como Cycling" to our friends who travel & bike! Thank you, Cece & Joe
Clotho and Brant Hasebe, Baku - Azerbaijan
Dear Baku Bicycle Club: Brant and I can highly recommend this bicycle touring company based in Lake Como, Italy. We've done two independent tours with Pietro Zendali of Lake Como Cycling, and he deserves the highest praise for amazing cycling and an outstanding level of client care that epitomizes the warmth and hospitality of the Italian culture. With direct flights from Baku to Milan, a cycling holiday with Lake Como Cycling is an easy trip to make. And Pietro will even pick you up at the airport, making things even more convenient! Kind regards, Clotho and Brant Hasebe
Sarah Warner - Colorado (USA)
Dear Pietro, Thank you so much for facilitating a great bike trip around Lake Como. We'll remember it forever. We will recommend you to all of our friends who plan on visiting the area. Thanks again! Best wishes, Sarah and Jevgenij
Eric Gaisser, Vermont (USA)
Ciao Pietro & Nicole, the bike worked out great. I had a great ride. The climb up to the Madonna de Ghisallo was great. Thanks again for a great Como biking experience. I will definitely recommend this to my friends back home. Eric
Lars Kurstein, Kopenhagen - Denmark
Hi Pietro, Nicole & Luigi - Thanks for a fantastic Lake Tour last week! I really enjoyed to ride with you, Luigi and all the other riders through Bella Lombardia. Especially the rides from Lovere at Lago d`Iseo and the descent from Culmine de San Pietro through Val Taleggio were absolute 1st class rides. And the "servizio" with lunch meals from the van, made by Luigi at mountain tops, were ideed memorable experiences with good and delicious italian cousine! Bravo! Memories of this trip will make winter bike rides in the cold and rainy Danish winter a breeze! Hope to be back on your tours another time. Greetings to all! Lars.
Richard Kokx, Minneapolis (USA)
Pietro, I made it home this morning, just wanted to drop telling you how much fun I had on the vacation! Had an amazing time with all of you, the trip went flawlessly with all of your hard work and dedication. I am already looking forward to the next vacation with you next summer! Rich (Tour of the Lombardy lakes)
Emma Simpson, Sydney AUS
I made it to Venice and found my hotel. Venice is totally cool. Thank you so much for a great holiday. I really enjoyed myself and cannot wait to get home to start riding again. You have turned me into a bike rider. Hopefully I will be back next year with a Casati in my bike bag! Emma
John Barber, Ohio (USA)
Pietro, We made it home safely late last night. I was up early and rode my bike to work. It doesn't seem nearly as hilly now! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience. I enjoyed the rides, the beer, the wine, the pasta - everything! Thanks Luigi and Nicole also. You have a great team.
Rose Calvo, Rocky Hill, CT - USA
Hi Pietro, Kyle and I had the time of our lives with you in lake Como! That ride was one of the coolest things i have ever done!! When i got home I saved up my money and bought my first road bike! Thanks for an amazing time! Rose
Dee and Paul Carpenter, Hackettstown - NJ (USA)
We have taken many cycling trips to Europe with many different companies, which have all included great food, wine, scenery and good accommodations. Our favorite by far is our recent Lake Como/Maratona dles Dolomite's/Switzerland trip with Lake Como Cycling. Lake Como Cycling is a more intimate company guided and owned by Pietro Zendali. Pietro is what makes Lake Como Cycling special. He takes care of you as if you are his very special friend. During our trip with Pietro, we had issues with our bikes and he took time out of his day to insure we got to a bike shop and got the bikes repaired. We had several people with different “To See” items on their “personal” itineraries and sometimes we rode at a different pace, none of this was a problem for Pietro. He takes care of everything and everyone in a very special way, always with a sincere smile. He really wants you to have a good time. We saw things we had never imagined, rode to places we had never heard of and ate in spectacular little restaurants we would never have found by ourselves. We had never met Pietro before our trip but feel as if we have known him forever and feel he will be a friend for a very long time. We were the “rookies” on a Lake Como Cycling trip as 95% of the other guests were return customers and planning their next trip with Pietro. We will definitely take another trip with Pietro and recommend him to anyone that we like. In fact we are already planning our next trip and it will be with Pietro. Dee and Paul Carpenter email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
John Williams, Brisbane - AUS
Beyond expectation is how I'd describe my trip with Pietro of Lake Como Cycling. Pietro was well organised, helpful, caring and most of all did everything in a fun and happy way. As Arnold Schwarzenegger said, "I'll be back". email@example.com
Janis Cook, Boise - Idaho (USA)
Just completed your Lake Como to Rome trip and want to publically post how amazing the whole experience was! Beautiful scenery, challenging rides, great van support, incredible restaurants and hotels, and the most patient, knowledgeable, (and fun) guide on wheels - Pietro Zendali. This was the trip of a lifetime for us, and it exceeded our high expectations - mille grazie, Pietro! Janis and Clif Cook, Boise, Idaho, USA firstname.lastname@example.org
John Williams, Brisbane AUS
In Australia we say .... "it does not get any better than this!"
Heidi Cook, California
Dear Pietro, thank you for such a wonderful trip! I won't forget the beautiful descent into Camogli or the Passo del Bracco with the view of the Cinqueterre and of course the Strada Biancha!! It was a pleasure riding with you. Thanks also to Mario and Alessandro for putting up with us. Un abbraccio, Heidi
Johanna Roberts, Tucson AZ
Hi Pietro. I wish I could be riding with you all in the Dolomites. Maybe next year! I will certainly come back to Italy as it is one of my favorite places in the world. Of course having you as my tour guide in Como was incredible and made my visit unforgettable!
Thanks Nicole for all, I loved my time there. It was one the best trip in my life and was great meeting you. See you very soon
Dave Pitts, Knoxville TENNESSEE
No such rides in Tennessee!
Marco Peduzzi, London (UK)
I saw the great photos on your website and I can't thank you enough for the great trip we had. I'm sure we'll be back again, the guys absolutely loved it!
Bernard Gogarty, Ireland
Hi Pietro, just a note to thank you for your assistance on my recent trip; your assistance, in conjunction with the knowledge that you were only a phone call away meant that I could take on tough climbs knowing if there were problems you were not far away. I would have no hesetation recommending your firm to anybody planning to cycling in the Como area. Regards Bernard
Lloyd Ortman, Belchertown MA (USA)
Pietro, I just wanted to send a note of thanks to you, Nicole and your help (Tommy). The rental was perfect. Tommy is a great guy and was great about the delivery. My ride to Madonna del Ghisallo was fantastic. Seeing the chapel and visiting the museum were highlights of my vacation. I believe I saw you and a group heading out of Bellagio when I returned from my ride. I wasn't sure it was you so I didn't stop. Thank you again. Your service was great. Sincerely, Lloyd
Scott Collings, Sydney AUS
It has been a fantastic tour and extra special mention must go to our leader Pietro and his very able assistant RJ. Both are an absolute pleasure to be with, also very calm people, almost impossible to ruffle. The only time Pietro got stressed was when he thought we had headed of on our own down the busy freeway to Genoa, which would have been a big problem, but luckily we stopped at the top of the hill. Apparently he broke the sound barrier chasing after us, I didn't see it but I'd believe it. Pietro designed and ran a wonderful tour for us, even better than last years, and I'm sure we'd all highly recommend him to anyone contemplating a similar tour in future. I know we'll be getting in touch with him for our next expedition, whenever that is.
Steve Burcher, Sydney AUS
Had a total blast with everyone on this Tour. Great memories that will last forever
Matthew and Joyce Berry, England
Hi Pietro, We are home now; thank you for 2 fantastic days in Como. I really enjoyed both days - especially the long climb on day 2! Both of us think fondly of the excellent restaurant you took us to; yet another reason to go back to Como ......... We managed a few days of mountain biking in Korcula too - I think Joyce is ready to buy a bike now! Good luck for the season & see you next time we are in Italy. Matthew
Lutz Hofmann, Germany
I was at Lake Como in March 2010 during a business trip to attend a conference in Cernobbio. To have a little work-out besides the heavy conference food and to see something from the landscape I decided to rent a bicycle. I'm from Germany and I'm used to a lot of uneasy red tape. Therefore, I was impressed how easy and uncomplicated it was to get a bike from Lake-Como-Cycling. Pietro delivered the bike directly to my hotel the evening before my arrival and I could start riding immediately in the morning. The bike was great and fit perfectly to my size; it was a top class road bike from Cinelli. The first day I took the road along the coast to Bellagio and the second day I went to Menaggio. Both rides were very, very nice. I especially liked to drive through the narrow streets in the little villages along the route and having beautiful views across the lake all the time. The second day, when I arrived at Menaggio, it was just in time for sun rising. Lake Como is without a doubt a perfect place for cycling. I will definetely come back here not for work but for vacation and then I will try out riding up the mountains ... Thanks Pietro for realizing that great experience. Greetings from Germany, Lutz
Richard Pearce, London (UK)
Ciao Pietro! Amazing ride yesterday, Argegno-Lanzo d'Intelvi and up to Sighignola the Balcony of Italy, stunning views! I have to go back to Milano now .... I had a brilliant few days! I've left the bike at the Hotel. Thanks for all your help, e-mail you soon, Richard
Kyle Christensen, San Francisco
Pietro, thank you so much for such a great time! Rose and I agree that was definitely the greatest cycling trip ever. Those you sent are great photos by the way! Thanks again, and I'll be sure to tell Backroads about lake Como and your amazing trips when I get back to California.
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“ Cycling in Lake Como area ” We just came back from Lake Como/Bellagio. Had a great trip, stayed at Hotel Centrale, really nice, and not too pricey. We had an amazing bike trip with Pietro, from lakecomocycling.com He was knowledgeable about the region, and our needs for a moderate, but 35 mile ride! He had great bikes, and I am short, 4'10" and he provided me with the best bike. We had lunch in a charming village in Italy and bike around Lake Lagano in Switzerland. The price was wonderful, and he was so considerate. Picked us up exactly on time, and we finished at 5:00 in time to meet our friends for drinks!!! You will not be disappointed if you use Pietro. email@example.com
Tim and Tonja, Tulsa - Oklahoma
Hello Pietro, We’re thrilled to have our photo grace Lake Como Cycling leaflet! We often share our stories of riding with Pietro and Lake Como Cycling. We give your web site info to anyone who is planning to travel to Italy. Hopefully some of them will give you a shout! Take care.
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... I heard about your trips from a friend who recently visited Italy on another carriers tour, and the recommendation was very positive indeed. Obviously, you must be doing something right ...
Pike Talbert, Sydney
Pietro, we are all getting quite excited about the prospect of the Tour, so much so that we'd like to not only practice but acclimate with the language. Below you will find a list of "calls" that we as a Peloton make during our rides. Would you please be able to provide us with the Italian equivalent so that we can start learning the "language of the Italian Peloton"? Hole (Left, Right, Middle) Rubbish (Left, Right, Middle) Car (up, left right) Clear (left, right, back) Over (i.e., changing lanes) Lights, slowing, stopping ... Many thanks! Pike
Matthew White, Melbourne AUS
Pietro, thanks again for a fantastic time riding around Lugano & Como. That you were able to accommodate my request for 2 rides in the region on the days I had available was fantastic. You then provided wonderful insight whilst riding the region, both in terms of where to ride and also where to stop for coffee! The riding was fantastic, the scenery gorgeous, the coffee superb, the weather wonderful and you were both professional and personable. Riding parts of the Mendrisio worlds course, climbing Madonna del Ghisallo, and the 20km descent from Sormano were all highlights. Thanks also for finding a café in Bellagio where I could watch the AFL Grand Final live & see the Geelong Cats win the premiership! I cannot wait to return & ride there again, although I suspect it won’t be soon enough. Matt White Melbourne. Australia
Ellen and Russell Komesarook, Melbourne AUS
We have just returned from an extraordinary bicycling trip to Lake Como. Everything from logistics, airport transfers, accommodation and dining, to the most important bike related items like bikes and daily rides was done through Pietro at Lake Como Cycling. All of this was done efficiently and expertly which allowed us to sit back and concentrate on the stunning rides. Drawing on Pietro's expert local knowledge, we enjoyed stunning scenery and varied terrain. While we are experienced riders, less experienced clients of Pietro's we met said he was able to design individual rides for their ability. Pietro is an extremely nice guy and a pleasure to spend time with. We expected a lot prior to this trip, what we received greatly exceeded even these high expectations. We cannot recommend, Lake Como as a place to ride or Pietro at Lake Como Cycling more highly. We also cannot wait to go back.
Heather and Larry Theobald, Iowa
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Tommy Fad, Austin TX
I highly recommend Lake Como cycling to anyone looking for a great ride in Como or anywhere else around Italy. Pietro is friendly, excellent and knowledgeable as a guide and as a cyclist. For the beginning rider to the advanced, he can accommodate the entire spectrum. I am definitely a repeat customer.
Clotho and Brant Hasebe, Baku - AZERBAIJAN
Pietro! We miss you!!!!! Thank you for an incredible trip...one of the best we've had in years!!! You are a genius of a cycling guide and we had an absolutely brilliant time!! We're already looking forward to a return visit and another week of amazing cycling, gorgeous scenery, delicious food, and your delightful company. I've attached some photos for you and I've put up a bunch more on our web site. If there are any on the web site that I didn't send you but you'd like a copy of, please let me know. With warm regards, Clotho
Michael and Lisa Carr, Melbourne
You are gentleman Pietro. Nice to meet you. Cheers
John Brook, Durban - Southafrica
Ciao Pietro Millie grazie for all the help and information you gave me during my visit, I had a fabulous time at the Worlds and cycling the lake. Should you find yourself in Durban the hospitality of my home is open to you. John
Jan Erik Fjotland, NORWAY
Thank you for your good service. We will use your company if we come back to Italy in the next years.
Rob and Ellyn, NY
Pietro - We just wanted to say THANK YOU again for a wonderful day of cycling. You were at the same time both highly professional and personable. My wife and I very much appreciated the care and attention you gave us from the very begining in planning the most appropriate ride given our skill level and what we wanted to get out of it. We also very much enjoyed how you led the ride with everything from the pacing and route options you offered us, to the conversations we had along the way. The ride with you was surely a highlight of our honeymoon in Italy and we will happily recommend you to anyone interested in anything from a one day to a week long cycling journey through your beautiful country. Best wishes - Rob & Ellyn
Craig Neivert, NJ
Pietro, Great to see you again...really enjoyed our "Three Lakes Ride"... I am smiling as I think about it... ....it's so much better having a someone like yourself to ride with....otherwise I would spend most of my time lost and asking people "how do I get here and how do I get there???"
Jack and Susanna Piller, Lake Placid, NY
We really enjoyed cycling in the Como region with you. Now back to the grind!
Dan Peterson, Jackson Hole, WY
Pietro, Thanks for taking care of us with the bikes, and joining us for the drinks and the dinner, that was great. Crotto Val Durino in Moltrasio was a blast. By the time we got there the lights were off and the family was eating dinner around one table. Nonetheless the opened up and gave us a nice table outside overlooking the town and the lake. They had no menu and spoke no English. We finally said "Surprise us" -- which somehow they understood. We had a great meal, something of everything, including the best fish we had in Italy. The wine was a simple but good table wine. We shared a dessert among us that was quite tasty. And all for a total of 61 Euro for the three of us! I would highly recommend it to the flexible/adventuresome types who you host. And do plan to stay with Kelly and me if you ever get to Jackson Hole. Dan.
Robert and Hellyn Rouse, NY
Pietro - We just got back from dinner and were talking about how great of a day it was and how we truly enjoyed your company .. Not only will we proudly wear our new Lake Como Cycling jerseys and tell as many people as we can about you, but we wish you the best success in your business and thus will also be happy to write a good review for you to post on your site once we return .. Also, I am sure you have many people to see the next time you are in NYC, but we are serious when we say that we are happy to give you suggestions of places to eat or ride, or also actually take you to B&H Photo to get your camera or for a glass of wine or dinner at one of the little unknown Italian places we enjoy .. Ciao for now !!!
David R., Melbourne - Australia
If you want to see Italy at your own pace, take in majestic scenery and a riding experience you will romanticise about forever, Pietro is your man. Grab your bike, get the next flight to Italy and lap up the most fun you can have on 2 wheels. Do it now!!!
Rob Rouse, New York, NY - USA
I just ran into a lady in the Hotel (Villa d'Este) who heard mention cycling, and she referred me to you suggesting that a friend of hers has just been with you for a few days and had a wonderful time.
D. R., Australia
Pietro, hope all is well with you and Nicole over there in sunny Como. I have struggled getting back on the bike after riding in Europe. I am looking at the postcard we sent to my work colleagues and recalling all the great memories.....
Ian Gray, Liverpool
Hi Pietro, I hope things are going well in italy ... the weather here is awful. I miss Italy so much especially the amazing women, the coffee and the ice cream. Thanks again for a great holiday. Would it be possible for you to forward any pictures you have of me? Just to add to my collection ... that's all. Hope everything goes well with your cycling company. I will keep in touch. Lake Como is amazing! Regards Ian
Paul and Arlene Koenigsberg, NY
Pietro, thank you once again for the terrific cycling tour that you led us on last week through Italy and Switzerland. You provided the best experience that we have enjoyed anywhere in the world. The planning process over the Internet was efficient and clearly understood (thank you for your very excellent English). You picked us up at our hotel in Bellagio exactly as agreed. You provided us wonderful bikes and equipment (better in fact than we have at home), and your excellent knowledge of the trails, paths and roads surrounding Lake Como made the experience memorable. You planned an excellent route for our intermediate skills, although I suspect that you would also be perfect for a group more used to competitive racing and even higher hills. Thank you again. We have recommended you to friends who are planning planning trips to this area. Best, Paul & Arlene
The Glass, San Francisco
Thank you so much for some outstanding cycling. The climbs were epic and the scenery was memorable. I've always wanted to visit la Chiesetta della Madonna del Ghisallo, and thought that would be the big hill of the week. However, the ride up to Il Balcone at Sighignola was really impressive. We'll be back next summer and I'll try and be ready for more riding. Stay in touch.
Luis Jahn, Royersford - PA
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David Raphael, Melbourne - Australia
Hi Pietro, hope your trip down south with Voytekski, Nick and co went well. The tour de France was ace and Barcelona was a hoot. Thank you and Nicole for the great holiday and fantastic memories. I would like to get from you some photos from our climbs. I can't remember half the places we rode but it was all fantastic
Trevor from Ireland, living in Sweden
Hi Pietro, I'm writing to say thanks for the incredible experience cycling around the lake Como region. Having cycled in many parts of the world, to date lake Como has been best experience ever on a bike. The combination of having the possibility to ride a relatively flat route around the lake along with the breathtaking climbs that one can experience once they leave the lakeside has made this a memorable experience for both my mind and my legs - A good thing the bike I hired had a compact!!! Thanks again.
Vinny Hee, Singapore
Hey Pietro, hello from Singapore. I would like to thank you for the wonderful trip! Very memorable.
Philippa Flanagan, Dublin - IRELAND
Hiya Pietro, sorry we're up to our eyes now we're back home havent had a minute to email you. We really had a fabulous time in Como and Conor loved the cycling; he was in the Dublin mountains yesterday and after Madonna del Ghisallo it felt like a walk in the park !!
Mohammad Shahid, London
Thanks for the bike and the ride guide! Rode the bike every day and tried both rides; very good!! Thanks again and hopefully see you soon!
The Baers, Chicago
Thanks for a memorable time.
Ben Zlotkin, Berkeley, CA
I can tell you that the last few days were some of my best travel days and some of my favorite days on the bike. I will remember it well and will want to come back often. I'm struggling to find the right way to tell people about today which was a big adventure up Ghisallo for me.
Conor OBrien, Dublin
Thank you so much for making our holiday so enjoyable. It was a pleasure to meet you. Hope to see you soon.
Scott Collings, Sydney - AUS
Hi Pietro! I hope you are well. I had a fantastic holiday in Italy with your help, thanks very very much. I look forward to doing it again as soon as possible.
Max Zendali, Dallas - TX
Although I am his son and temporary driver, I was amazed at the care and attention that Pietro gave to each client and each ride. At first, each rider cycles at his own tempo, going forth on the strengths that he or she arrived with, but as time goes on under Pietro's supervision, those same bikers feel the ability to explore themselves, to find new goals, and to push on "a la Lance". Each day on the Como to Rome tour was organized spectacularly, with trails and roads curving through some of Italy's most beautiful terrain. Even though every single day was a beautiful surprise, the finish in Rome, at 7 am along the street to the Vatican was extremely impressive. Due to my father and Nick "The Bice-anator" Bice, I have taken up bicycling and will be looking forward to joining Lake Como Cycling next year! Max Zendali Loyola Chicago University
Dr. Thomas Murray, MD - Maine
Thanks for the great ride. I did the climb from Nesso to Ghisallo on Sunday, and that was unbelievable. Hammered it as if I was riding to heaven. What a great experience riding in the Lake Como area. Truly epic. Thank you for sharing it with me. I will contact you about visiting us here in the fall.
Nick Bice, WORLD
"Thanks for everything and I had a great trip! Let's hope this is the start of an annual trip and looking forward to next tour. On my way to the UK now and will be chatting soon."
Steve T., Perth - AUS
"Pietro you live in such a magic place that is right up-there for cycling. Your knowledge of cycling and the area you live in compliments a fantastic vacation that rates really highly. Thank you so much for a terrific trip that included some real good quality cycling mixed with the positive attributes and cultures that Italy and Lake Como region has to offer. Your a champion mate." email@example.com
Gavin Scott, Manchester - UK
Pietro was just great - he quickly took on board my level of fitness and planned routes that I could manage and enjoy. I'm going back for sure, and hoping to take on a few more slopes!
Jennifer S. - Carlton Victoria, AUS
Pietro, lovely to hear from you. I arrived home safely. Whilst it is good to see family and friends, I miss the beautiful rides, delicious food and warm weather. You were a wonderful support on the rides. Thanks for all your encouragement, friendship and hard work. It was much appreciated. Stay in touch and I will be telling all my cycle friends about the beautiful area. Cheers.
John M. - New Orleans, LA
Thanks so much for delivering and picking up the bike. That really made it so much easier for me since we had not rented a car. The ride was amazingly beautiful and the bike with its compact crank worked out perfectly! I sent out an email to my racing club here at home and included your website and recommended you to anyone who is fortunate enough to visit the Lake Como area. When I come back I will be sure to set aside more time in the area so I can do a guided tour with your for 1 or 2 days. Words really cannot capture the beauty there. Grazie Pietro!
Lewis M., Dallas TX
Thank you!! Hi Pietro! Well, we made it home and we're catching up on some sleep. Just wanted to reach out to you one more time and thank you for a great day... and we can't wait to come back. If/When you come to Dallas to visit your kids, make sure to let me know. I'll take you on my Saturday morning ride with the Firsco Cycling Club and the Frisco RBM group. It's not nearly as gorgeeous as what you're used to, but it's a good workout nonetheless. Take care and tell Nicole to make sure to send me those pics!! Ciao!!
Marco (Pistone), Melbourne - AUS
Back at the shop working. I'm missing you and Nicole and Lake Como!
Bianca Pickett - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Hi Pietro, thank you for being the life of the party, we had an owesome time! firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim and Tonja C. - Tulsa, OK
Pietro, great memories of Italy already and a new friend. We wish you much success! We will meet again.
Marco Peduzzi, London
I've been visiting lake Como for over 30 years but nothing beat exploring the area by bike. Pietro is a great guide and a considerate cycling companion who took me to wonderful places I would have never seen on foot or by car. The rides were a good mixture of flat and hilly sections that made for a great workout and ensured I really appreciated my evening beers and meal!
The Martinez, Seattle
Pietro, thank you for starting our italian vacation with such great rides. We'd love to stay here in Como but we have other sites to see. We hope we can help send business your way! Again thank you for your guidance, Alan - Larry - Marcello.
Shannon and Nathan B. - Fayetteville, AR
Our time riding bikes in Italy will rank at the top of my all-time best vacations. Pietro is without a doubt the nicest guide one could ever hope for. He knows the roads just as you would expect, it was so great being a cycling fan to hear him say this is the hill they do in the Tour of Lombardy or we are about to go down a hill that the World Championship race will be going up. It was colder than expected during our rides. The first day Pietro gave me the vest off of his back. The next day he brought me gloves a rain jacket and some dry clothes to change into. It seemed clear to me that Pietro's goal is to turn clients into friends. On our quick trip to Italy our two days in Como are what I was most looking forward to, I had high expectations and I was worried that I would be disappointed. My expectations were surpassed ten fold.
Craig N. - Summit, NJ
Pietro, Just a note to say hello.... Returned home to New Jersey yesterday after a long day of travelling.... It was great meeting you. That was a great ride we took on Saturday! Especially the winding hill down into Menaggio. I really enjoyed it as well as your company. You have a good week and I wish you much success. Thank you again for everything....
Sarah Gladstone - Fayetteville, AR
"Dear Pietro, thank you for being so great to work with." - Sarah Gladstone - DESTINATIONS Travel Agency - 479.582.1900 1 888.398.9297
Wayne E. - South Africa
"Lake Como is the best. By far the most stunning place that I have ever visited."
Gabrielle and Dr. Bill B. - Canberra, Australia
"We are back at home and back to normal life. We have many woderful memories of our trip however our day with you was definitely a highlight. We hope that you and Nicole are well. We hope to catch up again some day."
A.K. - San Francisco, California
"Pietro gave a fantastic tour of some of the most picturesque roads and towns around Lakes Como, Lugano and Maggiore. The riding was not only beautiful but challenging as well. I definitely recommend this Tour to any cyclist who wants to experience a wonderful region in the company of a great guide."
M.B. - Surrey, England
"The area around Lake Como is just breathtakingly beautiful - and the hills are breathtakingly steep .....especially when cycling (either up or down ...) . For mountainbikers and road cycling there are just so many tremendous opportunities ....long ridges with panoramic views... swooping road descents or technical singletracks....Spectacular.
I would totally recommend contacting Pietro of LakeComoCycling and discussing what you want to do before you go there. Apart from being a brilliant triathlete and cyclist, and apart from knowing the many good places to go on a bike round Como, Pietro is a very nice person who is focused on ensuring your time there is a success. Plus he is great company. Go to Como and try it!"
Giannis M. - Athens, Greece
"I enjoyed very much Lake Como and I will come back again!"
Voytek S. - Honolulu, Hawaii
"I really believe that Lake Como is the perfect location for the cycling entusiasts. The place is unforgettable: great mountain climbs, breathtaking views, crispy air on top of the passes and ideal weather conditions during the whole week of my stay. Pietro and Nicole were very efficient organizing everything: from airport pick-up at Malpensa, to chosing fantastic rides scenic-wise, from taking good care of all my needs, to the final boat ride to Isola Comacina for the "last supper".... I will recommend for sure Lake Como to all my friends back home and I hope to be back soon either to ride again Madonna del Ghisallo, to again climb Schignano, the Sighignola hill or for the Lake Como to Rome bike trip! Madonna!"
Malcolm B. - The Hague, Netherlands
"Pietro, you are a great guide and terrific bike companion. I really enjoyed our MTB rides and chats."
Brett S. - Singapore (Perth, Australia)
"Thanks for the experience Pietro! Lake Como is a great base for a cycling holiday; there's a whole range of great rides from relatively flat ones around the Lake itself to big climbs up the mountains in the middle of it and surrounding it. I think my favourite was the steady climb up to San Fedele d'Intelvi and the drop down the tiny mountain pass into Lugano in Switzerland... you don't get many descents like that! The cycling here is better by a long way than anything I've experienced and your guidance as to where to go was a big part of that. So thanks!"
Kyle S. - Davis, California