San Salvatore: High altitude trail to Morcote

Lugano

Lugano - Ticino, Switzerland: Società Canottieri Ceresio Gandria - Castagnola

Lugano - Ticino, Switzerland: Società Canottieri Ceresio Gandria - Castagnola

Lugano, lido

Lugano, lido

San Salvatore

San Salvatore

Lugano, Piazza Riforma, Switzerland

Lugano, Piazza Riforma, Switzerland

Lugano & Ticino

Lugano & Ticino

Lago di Lugano, Società Canottieri Audax di Paradiso

Lago di Lugano, Società Canottieri Audax di Paradiso

Lugano and Lake Lugano from Monte Bre

Lugano and Lake Lugano from Monte Bre

Lugano, ex-palace

Lugano, ex-palace

San Salvatore und Bucht von Lugano

San Salvatore und Bucht von Lugano

Skatepark Lugano

Skatepark Lugano

Lugano

Lugano

Homecam

Homecam

This superb panorama mountain is one of Lugano's landmarks. Monte San Salvatore not only offers splendid views on all sides but also has numerous hiking trails. The tour from the summit through chestnut forests along the lake to Morcote is a classic. Getting to the top is not a problem as the funicular railway takes only 12 minutes to ascend 909 metres from Lugano-Paradiso.

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Technical information

Starting point:San Salvatore
Destination:Morcote
Getting to the starting point:Funicular railway from Lugano-Paradiso to San Salvatore
Getting to the destination:Bus or boat from Morcote
Technique:medium
Physical fitness:medium
Length:9.8km
Hiking time:3h00
Season:March till November

Description

The 360 degree panoramic views from the observation terrace are hard to beat and reach from Lake Lugano over the Po Valley to the peaks of the Swiss and Savoy Alps.

The descent to Morcote does start off quite steeply. From Ciona, however, easy paths with no more significant changes in altitude take you through the forest to the artists' village of Carona, which was a source of inspiration for Hermann Hesse, amongst others. Here the botanical garden Parco San Grato with its collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and conifers is well worth a visit.

An easy forest trail leads from Carona past the 17th century Sanctuary of Madonna d'Ongero and an hour later to Alpe Vicania, whose "grotto" restaurant seems to have a magical attraction for the locals in summer. Running idyllically through the chestnut forest and over hundreds of steps it finally arrives at the picturesque Morcote on the lake, where a boat trip back to Lugano makes for a relaxed ending to this wonderful Ticino hike.

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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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