San Martino mountain in Lecco seems to overhang into Lake Como and offers many extraordinary views on lakes and surrounding mountains.
Departure: Rancio di Lecco Arrival: Monte San Martino – Chapel – Piazza Refuge
This itinerary starts from the district of Rancio in the northern part of Lecco. By car drive along the old road to Valsassina, cross the bridge on Gerenzone torrent and after a short rise you arrive to a curve, stop and turn left into Via Quarto. Go straight on until to reach the cemetery of Rancio Alto. Here you can find a parking area.
Now proceed walking into the narrow streets of Rancio Alto until to reach a small square where you find the indication of path n.52 . Walk along, pass a villa and you see a stone staircase. Take it and you are on the right path to San Martino. The very first part is quite plain, but then the ascent is steep.
After 45 minutes you arrive to the Chapel of San Martino, dedicated to Madonna del Carmine, and here you can enjoy a wonderful view on Lake Lecco, Lakes Briantei, Lake Garlate and Olginate and all the surrounding landscapes.
From the Chapel you can decide to keep on walking to reach Piazza refuge following sign n.52 (10 minutes) or otherwise reach the Cross taking the path Silvia on the right.