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Walking around Lake Como in July

We're thinking of doing a self-guided walking tour around Lake Como in mid-July, and I'm wondering if it will be too hot to do so. Any thoughts on this? Another contender is Scotland--but that might be too rainy?!

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we were there first week of July last year and it was lovely,,,, a touch of humidity, but not bad......not like a Boston summer

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It's not too bad. The high mountains around and the large body of water keeps the place a bit cooler than many other locations in Italy. Of course it depends on what you are used to. I'm sure the coastal areas of Maine would be cooler. I don't know much about where you are. On lake Como you should expect max. day temperatures in the low 80s (F) in July. At night or very early morn take off about 10 degrees.

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Have you planned out the route? Are you aware that the road is some distance away from the water, and that the private villas are between the road and the lake? And that the distance around the Y shaped lake is fairly long?

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Nigel posted my questions. I would take a ferry, stop somewhere, hike awhile, and get back on the ferry to the next place.

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We haven't planned the route, but we're thinking of using Sherpa Expeditions. Has anyone heard of them or used them? It looks like we're based in Como, Breglia, and Varenna

We've been in Nice in July, and walked, but not terribly happily because of the heat. We've also been to Vienna, Lisbon, Sintra, Salema, Porto, Guimares, Coimbra, Turin, Sils Maria, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv--all in July over the last 10 years (we're teachers so that's the time we travel!). Does Lake Como's heat resemble any of those places?

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Having done a fair amount of hiking in the Dolomites and a little bit at Lake Como, I would encourage you to look at their (Sherpa Exp) hike in the Dolomites. It's very temperate in the mountains and great for hiking in July The scenery is extraordinary. Our hike at Lake Como was nice, but no comparison to the mountains .

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I agree, the Dolomites look amazing, but the tour is marked moderate to challenging, and we've never done a walking tour before (although we do work out regularly and are in good health), so I'm not sure we're up for that much of a challenge! What's it like?