Il Lombardia, Madonna del Ghisallo

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  Tour Operator  High Cadence Cycling Tours


 8 days 


Madonna del Ghisallo and Italy's northern lakes

The Madonna del Ghisallo is a beautiful and hard climb located near Lake Como. The Ghisallo is the iconic climb of Il Lombardia and has attracted cyclists from all corners of the world to pay their dues at a small chapel that crowns the summit.
On October 13th 1949, Pope Pius XII appointed the Madonna of Ghisallo patroness of cyclists and since then has received donations from cycling champions. Such was the collection of bikes, jerseys, pictures, postcards and letters that a beautiful museum was built next to the chapel.

The climb is 10.6km long with an average gradient of 5.2% and a maximum of 14%.

High Cadence Cycling Tour to the Madonna commences in Lake Como and after three days of exploring the beautiful region we will then progress to Lago Maggiore via Varese, hometown of Italian legend Alfredo Binda who raced in the 30’s and 40’s and then became trainer of Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi.

Some of the climbs on this tour

  • Madonna del Ghisallo at 754m
  • Muro di Sormano  at 1,107m
  • Colma di Sormano at 1,135m
  • Mattarone at 1,441m

Tour Information


Transport airport-hotel-airport Support vehicle Guide Accommodation in double occupancy rooms Transfer of luggage Entrance to the Cycling Museum of the Madonna del Ghisallo Breakfast and snacks for the rides


International or local flights Medical and travel insurance (compulsory) Main meals and dinners Laundry


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