Path of the Wayfarer: from Dervio to Colico
It is the longest stage of the entire Trail and, certainly, one of the most beautiful.
From the Dervio railway station you climb a staircase until you reach a cobbled mule track and finally a steep staircase that leads towards the town of Castello with its medieval tower from the 12th century.
From here you continue on the provincial road downhill until you reach the cobbled mule track closed between two dry stone walls that runs alongside the highway offering wonderful views of the lake.
The itinerary continues on flat ground until reaching Corenno Plinio, an enchanting medieval village on the lake shore with the imposing fortified castle built between 1363 and 1370 and the church dedicated to Saint Thomas of Canterbury, inside which there are frescoes created between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Sentiero del Viandante: panoramic stretch
After visiting Corenno Plinio, the path continues along a panoramic stretch along the lake's provincial road and then continues on a dirt road that enters the woods crossing meadows and farmhouses until reaching the small church of San Giorgio (299 m) in Mandonico, a hamlet of Dorio .
From the little church the path slowly rises up and in a short time you arrive at the ancient rural village of Mandonico (313 m).
The mule track winds between the houses and, after a flat stretch, gains altitude again offering enchanting views until reaching the small church of San Rocco (487 m), in the municipality of Dorio, located in a beautiful panoramic position overlooking the lake and the mountains that surround him.
From here you can see Dorio, in the foreground, the village of Corenno Plinio and, further in the distance, Dervio and the mountains in the background, with Monte San Primo dominating the Lariano Triangle and finally Monte di Tremezzo.
Shortly after the church the path continues at high altitude with views of Monte Legnone through the woods of Monte Perdonasco and Monte Sparesee (566 m) from which you can admire the towns of Olgiasca and Piona from above, the Pian di Spagna, The Novate Mezzola lake and the beginning of Valchiavenna.
Continue on a dirt road and descend, first gently and then on a slope towards Posallo (420 m).
From Posallo, follow the asphalt road downhill until you cross the Perlino stream (425 m) and, immediately afterwards, go up along a path that enters the woods reaching the church of San Rocco (492 m).
Beyond the church, continue along a dirt road and then on an asphalt road until you descend towards the Inganna stream (where you can go up and visit the 14th century Torre di Fontanedo) and finally reach the hamlet of Robustello.
From here you can choose whether to complete the route of the Sentiero del Viandante by continuing along the coast in the woods until you reach the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Valpozzo in Piantedo, in the province of Sondrio, or choose to shorten the itinerary and go down directly towards the railway station of Colic.
The sanctuary is in fact a few hundred meters from the border of the municipality of Colico but, unfortunately, it is almost 4 kilometers away from its train station (the closest), so it is necessary to calculate another hour's walk along the Provincial 72 to go from the sanctuary to the station.
Having reached this far, perhaps it is worth making one last effort and reaching the end of the Wayfarer's Path, what do you think?