By bicycle or mountain bike

If you prefer to get around on two wheels, the Varese area offers countless opportunities and is particularly popular with cycling and mountain bike lovers. You can approach Angera from various points, from Ispra or from Sesto Calende, or you can ferry the bike from Arona or Stresa, and once reached you can take any of the suggested routes of the Vie Verdi dei Laghi, or “Greenways”, which are 128 km network of woodland paths, such as the delightfully named Sentiero dei Lavatoi  (the path of the wash house) or the Sentiero di San Quirico

In among the paths of the Vie Verdi dei Laghi or Greenways.

In among the paths of the Vie Verdi dei Laghi or Greenways.

In among the paths of the Vie Verdi dei Laghi or Greenways.

It is pleasant to pedal in the morning refreshed by the breezes of the lake, along the provincial road that runs from Angera to Ranco, and maybe go back to Angera along the old road. Start from the church in the centre of Ranco and go south between old farmsteads and fountains, in the shade of ancient trees, with evocative scenery and lovely flower gardens.