Bike tour in Switzerland's southernmost corner


Close to the Italian border, in Switzerland's southernmost corner, you will find Mendrisiotto. Most people know this region only from passing through it. Industrial buildings line the thunderous Autobahn. Gently rolling hills, partly wooded, partly dotted with vineyards, extend a few kilometers westward.

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Technical information

Begin and end of tour: Bahnhof Mendrisio
Technical requirements: medium difficulty
Physical fitness: easy
Distance: 21.3 km
Total altitude meters: 420 m
Biking time: 1:30 - 2:30 (hours, minutes)
Elevation start and end of tour: 328 m
Culmination point: 757 m
Season: Januar - Dezember
Gastronomy: Diverse Möglichkeiten entlang der Strecke
Overnight: Mendrisio
Various: Sehenswerte Altstadt von Mendrisio
Access starting point: Züge von Lugano oder von Chiasso
Access point of arrival: Züge nach Lugano oder nach Chiasso


The picturesque and tranquil villages stand in contrast to the urban sprawl of bustling Chiasso. Bikers who love pastoral scenery are in their elements.

Tour Overview

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Mendrisio - Genestrerio - Prella - Santa Margherita - San Pietro - Clivio - Saltrio - Arzo - Besazio - Tremona - Rancate - Mendrisio

From Mendrisio the trail takes you through mostly flat terrain via Genestrerio along the Italian border to Gaggiolo. From here the trail ascends through the vineyards to San Pietro. Below Clivio you will cross the Italian border. A road leads up to Saltrio, which is the endpoint of your short excursion to Italy. Continue on the road until you reach Arzo. From here a short uphill stretch takes you to Tremona, where you will start a fast descent on a former mule track down to Rancate. A secondary road with little traffic brings you back to Mendrisio.

Be sure to bring your passport.


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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