Saturday June 4 we left beautiful Lago D'Iseo and headed to Lago di Como. There was a lot of route finding challenges in addition to making our way through Bergamo. Everything went quite well through Bergamo, but the route finding after Bregamo was frustrating. Near the end of the day, we came to an obvious landmark on the map.
This bridge spanned an enormous gorge with a river.
We spent the night in Merate. The next day the route finding went much smoother. It was a rainy day but as we wound our way steadily higher into the mountains the scenery became ever more dramatic.
Near the town Canzo we saw this waterfall.
Later we passed this 12th century chapel.
We were making our way north, between the two lower arms of Lago Como towards Bellagio. One of the reasons we came this way is that at the town Magreglio, located on the Passo Ghisallo, there is the chapel of the Madonna of Ghisallo Patron Saint of Italian Cyclists.
It is filled with all sorts of significant bicycling memorabilia as well as memorials to cyclists. It's history is much older dating back to the 11th century. A Count Ghisallo was attacked by thieves while hunting in the area and prayed to the Madonna to save him. He was saved and a shrine was built on the spot. In 1623 the little chapel was built and the painting of the Madonna was placed in it. The pass became the end point for many important bicycle races in the early 1900's and in 1949 Pope Pius XII made the Madonna of Ghisallo a patron saint. The chapel sits in a spot with spectacular view of some of the mountains surrounding Lake Como.
We spent the night in Magreglio at a comfortable little inn alongside the road. Tomorrow it is all downhill to Lago Como. Ha,ha,ha...