Ticino — Between heaven and formaggini

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MySwitzerland

Breathtaking views of Lake Lugano and mountain peaks, old stone houses surrounded by untouched nature and incomparably delicious Formaggino - that's Monte Generoso. The Queen of Cheese Marisa Clericetti is looking forward to welcoming you on the mountain. She has been producing Formaggini, small Swiss fresh cheeses that taste wonderfully of Alpine milk, on Alp Clericetti for over 40 years. Together with her animals and her husband, she lives on the mountain from May until December and spoils hikers like you with regional products and her homemade Formaggino, which tastes better than any other.

On a circular hike between Heaven and Formaggini, we will take you to Monte Generoso where you can visit Marisa in her alpine pasture. From the top of the mountain, you can also enjoy the wonderful view of the spectacular region. From here, you will cross the wide slopes of the mountain and reach the picturesque Alps with old stone huts and unique limestone cold stores. At the end of the beautiful day hiking, you can take the rack railway down to the Lake Capolago, where you can stock up on Marisa’s Formaggini in the shops if you are still hungry.

In Ticino, besides Monte Generoso, many other mountains and unique landscapes await you. In this Collection, we have put together eight experiences in Ticino that lead you around unique mountains such as Monte San Giorgio, along the olive path around Lake Lugano or with llamas to Monte Comino. No matter whether you are traveling with your family, are looking for a multi-day tour or would like to undertake a beautiful high-altitude hike: here in Ticino you will find the right experience for you.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:11
    3.18 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this hike we will take you to Monte Generoso. Here you will hike between the sky and Formaggini to the summit of the 1,700-meter-high mountain, where you will enjoy the breathtaking view and the romantic Alps, where the delicious cheese has been produced for years. The highlight of the tour is a visit to Marisa Clericetti: The Cheese Queen has been producing Formaggini for over 40 years on Alp Clericetti.It starts at the top station of the cog railway, which brings you from Capolago directly to Monte Generoso. Alternatively, you can get off at the Bellavista station and take the last stretch on foot. Right at the beginning of the hike, you will reach the summit, from where you can enjoy the view of Lake Lugano with a clear view. Then you descend on a parallel hiking trail again. You are in Switzerland and sometimes in Italy, because the border between the two countries runs exactly over the Monte Generoso. On the way back from the summit, you pass Alpe Clericetti, where Marisa produces her famous Formaggino. Many even say that no other Formaggino tastes like the Clericetti. So here's your chance to convince yourself.Strengthened you then set out to discover more Alps on Monte Generoso. First, it goes downhill to Alpe Nadigh. Here you can admire old dry stone buildings, which were lovingly built by hand. You'll also find the Nevère, limestone warehouses, unique on Mount Generoso.From Alpe Nadigh you walk on flat paths past the Alpe Genor, which you can see from a distance on the hillside. If you want, you can make a detour and have a close look at it, because Alpe Genor also has old Nevère. Afterwards, the climb back to the top station will take you over the unwooded slopes of the mountain and offer beautiful views for you.At the top station, you can finish off at Fiore di pietra. The building by Ticinese architect Mario Botta is like a flower and therefore has its name. There are restaurants with a panoramic terrace where Marisa's incomparable Formaggino is served. By the way, the rest of Marisas Formaggini will be brought down to Capolago on the cogwheel train in the afternoon - along with tired and contented hikers like you. You can then buy the cheese in stores there.

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  • Difficult
    16:21
    25.8 mi
    1.6 mph
    7,875 ft
    5,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    In three stages, the Sentiero Cristallina leads you from Bignasco in the Valle Maggia to Airolo in the Val Bedretto. On the way you pass steep mountain slopes, a waterfall, crystalline rocks, alpine lakes, idyllic Alps and remote hamlets. The milestones are S. Carlo (Val Bavona) and Capanna Cristallina.It starts in the typical Ticino mountain village Bignasco. From here you follow the trail that meanders through the stony, deeply cut Val Bavona. You pass the twelve small hamlets of the valley. A steep climb will take you past the Basodino Hut up to dammed and natural mountain lakes. On switchbacks, you will hike past lush mountain meadows and scree slopes to the Cristallina hut, from where you have an impressive view of the Basodino glacier. Afterwards you will descend from the stony mountain slopes and wander over lovely alps and through quiet forests. Via the high-level path of the Val Bedretto, which runs through high moorland landscapes and offers beautiful views of the Gotthard massif, you continue to Airolo, the destination of the tour.

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  • Intermediate
    03:21
    5.12 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this circular walk at the foot of the Basodino glacier, you will get an insight into a unique region formed by glaciers. From the Robiei mountain station, you will hike through an unreal mountain landscape, where ice has left its mark on various geological eras.From the last village of the Bavona valley you can reach the Robiei station by cable car. From here you walk to Zöttsee. The glacier trail starts at the dam wall and leads you to the foot of the glacier. This extends below the 3,273 meter high Basodino summit over about two square kilometers. You wander through a vast meadowland, which is upstream of the glacier and has a unique ecosystem. Here numerous protected animal and plant species have found their safe home.Along the glacier path, you can discover moraines, boulders, karsts and between the furrows and on flat surfaces with some humus the typical pioneer vegetation. If you are lucky, you may also see marmots, chamois, ibex, and countless other species on their way back to the starting point.

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  • Difficult
    05:40
    8.34 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Among the high altitude hikes in Switzerland, this is one of the classics: the tightrope walk from Monte Lema to Monte Tamaro. On the way you will enjoy an unbeatable panorama that stretches from the Leventina via the surrounding valleys to the Valais Alps to the west and the Grisons Alps to the east.The hike starts at the summit station of Monte Lema. From here you have a breathtaking view of Lake Lugano on one side and Lake Maggiore on the other side. As you wander over the ridge near the Swiss-Italian border, you have an incredible view all the time. There are two ascents for you: the climbs to Monte Gradiccioli and Monte Tamaro.A well-deserved break can be made on the Capanna Tamaro below the summit of the same name. Here you can indulge in home-made specialties while enjoying the view from the cozy sun terrace. Strengthened, you then hike to Alpe Foppa, the destination of the tour. From here a lift takes you to the valley.Tip: In summer, a shuttle bus between the two base stations, so you can always go back to the starting point, no matter in which direction you go the hike.

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  • Intermediate
    03:52
    7.69 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In 2003, the Monte San Giorgio was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mountain hides up to 240 million years old fossils, many of them in perfect condition. You can admire the important finds in the fossil museum in Meride.In Meride begins the trail around the mountain. On the way, you'll pass 20 learning boards that tell you all about the mountain's characteristics and what events have made the mountain one of the most important fossil sites in the world for the last 350 million years. Incidentally, you can enjoy the silence of the forests you hike through and the breathtaking views of Lake Lugano from a few points. Halfway there is the opportunity to take a leisurely break on the Alpe di Brusino and to fortify yourself, before you hike back to the starting point in Meride.

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  • Intermediate
    03:18
    5.67 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On Monte Comino you can do a great hike with llamas. Especially for children, hiking with the animals is a highlight. The cuddly traveling companions not only carry the little ones' luggage, they also motivate them to hike. So the grown-ups can relax and enjoy the pristine landscape of Monte Comino and the beautiful view.Monte Comino is easily accessible by cable car from Verdasio. Up on the mountain, the lamas of Lamatrekking Ticino accompany you and your family on a half-day or full-day tour. The tours can be booked between May and October at lamatrekkingticino.ch/en.

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  • Easy
    00:51
    1.94 mi
    2.3 mph
    150 ft
    175 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    About three and a half kilometers is the olive path long. It leads you with a view of Lake Lugano and the Mediterranean landscape from Castagnola to Gandria. On the way you will be informed about the history, the botany, the olive cultivation, the olives and the resulting oil.On the easy trail, you will pass old olive groves and see new areas where olive trees are grown again. Old houses and winding streets are on the way as well as winding paths along the steep lake shore. They lead you around cliffs and up stairs. This gives you unforgettable views of the blue lake and give you insights into hidden bays deep below you.At the finish line in Gandria you can go back to Castagnola by taking the bus line Porlezza-Lugano after a stroll through the village.

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  • Intermediate
    01:31
    2.47 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Foroglio you can make a wonderful hike in the Val Calnègia. The side valley of the Bavona Valley is uniquely wild and surrounded by high mountain peaks.On the hike, you will pass an impressive waterfall right at the beginning, which rushes loudly from a high cliff. Romantic stone bridges, huge rocky outcrops, under which you can find shadows, buildings embedded in rocks and quaint stone houses line the enchanted valley. At the end of the Val Calnègia you reach an abandoned hamlet, nestling like a postcard motif idyllically against the magnificent mountain backdrop in the narrow valley. After a leisurely break in the village, you hike back to the starting point.At the starting point in Foroglio there is a parking lot right at the bridge. Here you can park your car while exploring Val Calnègia.

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  • Intermediate
    01:34
    3.11 mi
    2.0 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Between Balerna, Castel San Pietro, Morbio Inferiore and Morbio Superiore extends over a length of 1.5 kilometers, the park of the Breggia gorges. In this area, you can walk wonderfully and admire geological and historical gems along the way.From each of the four communities you can start your hike through the park of the Breggia gorges. Beautiful hiking trails lead you along the river of the same name, which rushes through the narrow ravines and crashes in beautiful waterfalls of rocks. The geological features of the park make it one of the most important geotopes in Switzerland and the country's first geo-park. Along the river route a natural cross-section was created. The water has uncovered a geological profile that stretches almost continuously from the Jurassic to the Tertiary (over 80 million years).In addition to the geological treasures you will find in the gorge rich flora and fauna, including protected specimens. Historic streets in Castel San Pietro, the Red Church and the castle round off the hike culturally.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    63.3 mi
  • Duration
    38:39 h
  • Elevation
    18,550 ft

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