5 - 6
FATMAP difficulty grade
In the south, with moderate to strong north, quite sunny. This was a small side note in the SRF Meteo on Thursday.
In expectation that the north foehn would blow the Po plain freely, I chose the panoramic hike to Monte Boletto.
A day trip to Como sounds quite bold.
But with the joy of riding the train, the way already becomes a highlight. When I left the Gotthard tunnel, there were some clouds hanging over Biasca.
On the lake dam of Melide the view was free to a cloudless morning sky. After a coffee with Cornetto in the Bar Stazione the hike could begin.
Over the wide stairs the way leads from the Stazione Como San Giovanni down into the city in the direction of Duomo.
Interesting scenes take place when business begins in the morning in the lively centre.
Along the Lungolago, I go up to the valley station of the Funicolare to Brunate.
I planned a round from Brunate to Monte Boletto and via Montepiatto to Torno, from where the bus goes to Como.
At the end of the day it was a round trip on Monte Boletto with enough time to enjoy the extraordinary panoramic position. A few steps south of the mountain station there is a first panoramic point with a wonderful view down steeply to Como.
The view and the distance should be pleasant companions during the whole day, which require a lot of time.
From Brunate, the trail is well marked and leads up to Faro Voltiano with minute-by-minute indications.
One strolls along villas that radiate the charm of a bygone and perhaps better time. With the Faro Voltiano one reaches a view point of the extra class.
From this 29m high tower, a panoramic view of first quality captivates.
The announced north foehn allows a view over the whole upper Po plain.
Only at the height of Piacenza one recognizes the fog border.
The view from Bergamo over Cantù, Gallarate, Novara, Vercelli and right in the middle the skyline of Milano is very pleasing.
The architecture of the Porta Garibaldi also looks very futuristic from a distance.
I was on the tower for about an hour and could enjoy the view from each of the openings.
With the binoculars, one also recognizes the mountain ranges of the Langhe and the suburbs of Turin with Brandizzo and Chivasso.
In the rice growing area of the Grange, the cooling tower of Livorno Ferraris is an orientation point.
In the south, the peaks of the Ligurian Apennines prevent the view as far as Genoa.
From the summit chain of the Alps, Monte Rosa naturally advances into a new league.
From this perspective, one clearly sees the different peaks of the massif. Directly from the north, a strong foehn wind blows over the Comens arm of the Lario. From Faro Voltiano the path then continues via Piazzale CAO towards Monte Boletto.
For the ascent I choose the variant over the mountain ridge - dorsale per cresta.
In this way you take along Pizzo Tre Termini and Monte Astele for the summit collection.
This stage is the only one that is close to a T2 rating.
At Baita Boletto begins the final climb to Monte Boletto.
The foehn now blows even stronger and makes the stay on the summit quite uncomfortable.
The panoramic view is even more grandiose than from Faro Voltiano, if you can increase it at all.
In any case, the long drive and the decision not to descend to Torno was worth it.
Already during the ascent to the Boletto, one recognizes the small, grassy pre-summit that, felt, represents the last elevation of the Alps before the Po plain.
Here again a long break with Vespers and binoculars was necessary. Over the normal way along different mountain guesthouses I go back to Brunate.
There I prefer the Funicolare to the descent on foot in order to have some time down in Como. The Eurocity of Trenitalia and SBB brings me back to the snow flurries of Central Europe.
That was the reason for the strong north foehn.
SRF Meteo was right again. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator