|Begin of tour:||Meride - Museum|
|Point of arrival:||Meride - Museum|
|Access starting point:||Regional trains from Bellinzona, Lugano, Chiasso|
|Access point of arrival:||Regional trains to Bellinzona, Lugano, Chiasso|
|Technical requirements:||Medium difficulty|
|Physical fitness:||Medium difficulty|
|Altitude gain:||439 m|
|Season:||March to November|
|Catering:||Capolago, Riva S. Vitale, Meride|
|Accommodation:||Capolago, Riva S. Vitale|
|Various:||Church of Santa Croce in Riva S. Vitale, Fossil Museum in Meride|
Meride - Spinirolo - Crocifisso - Serpiano - Alpe di Brusino - Pianascio - Pissarda - Albertina - Meride
A didactic offer in nature makes the complex, geo-paleontological history of Monte San Giorgio more lively; this area has been recognised by UNESCO as having universal value.
A circular route at average altitude passes near to the Fossil Museum. On the Swiss side the circular route is 12.3 km long, with access from Brusino Arsizio, Riva San Vitale and Meride. On the Italian side the path is connected to the Swiss one and is accessible from Besano, Porto Ceresio and Viggiù. About twenty didactic panels along both paths illustrate the exceptional features of the place, leading the visitor through the fossil levels which make the mountain one of the most important in the world; they also narrate of the happenings which have given the mountain its origins over a period of about 350 million years.
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.