Monte Tamaro


Monte Tamaro is certainly the top biking destination in the Tessin. But road cyclists take note: you haven't missed out on much here.

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Technical information

Begin and end of tour: Valley station of Monte Tamaro cableway
Technical requirements: extreme
Physical fitness: extreme
Distance: 41.9 km
Total altitude meters: 1640 m
Biking time: 03:30 - 05:00 (hours, minutes)
Elevation start and end of tour: 471 m
Season: June - October
Panorama: Spectacular views of the Leventina and the Sotto Ceneri
Gastronomy: Alpe Foppa, Arosio, Bedano, Taverne, Rivera
Overnight: Alpe Foppa, Tamaro, Arosio, Taverne, Rivera
Various: The chapel of Chiesa di S. Maria degli Angeli on Alpe Foppa mountain. The chapel was designed by Mario Botta.
Access starting point: By train to Rivera
Access point of arrival: Valley station of Monte Tamaro cableway
Literature: Bike-Explorer


The trails are far too technical, far too steep. After all, they have to meet the requirements of the World Championships which were held here in 2003. More experienced bikers, however, can look forward to having the time of their lives. The views from Alp Foppa are quite amazing; the downhill section from Tamaro to Arosio simply beggars description. Even in architectural terms, this circuit of the superlatives has a jewel to offer: the Chiesa di Santa Maria, a spectacular highlight well worth visiting.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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