Mendrisiotto

Ticino

Located in the southernmost corner of Switzerland, the Mendrisiotto Region extends up to the Italian border. This important commercial and tourist transit zone offers a vast hilly landscape away from the expressway and is therefore ideal for hiking and biking tours. The region south of Lake Lugano is defined by multifaceted nature parks, picturesque villages and - by way of contrast - the cosmopolitan city of Chiasso.

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Mendrisiotto has become an important transit area, thanks to the development of the transport infrastructure and the proximity to urban centers in northern Italy. Away from the expressway you will find a lush nature paradise - A verdant green hilly landscape, which is partially a wine-growing region, but is also blessed with vast nature parks and imposing gorges. Picturesque villages dot the rural countryside and form a contrast to the border city of Chiasso.

The far-flung hilly terrain is well-suited for bicycling and hiking tours. From Monte San Giorgio (1097 meters), listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, you will enjoy a sweeping view of Lake Lugano and the Alps. On the Nature Trail, geological and paleontological peculiarities (in the earth’s geological past, a subtropical sea with a rich fauna existed here), as well as the flora and fauna of the mountain, are described. The best view is obtained on Monte Generoso (1704 meters), the highest mountain around Lake Lugano. A 40-minute ride with the cogwheel train takes you to the peak. The mountain offers a plethora of leisure activities, among them a nature trail and a planet trail.

In the Geo-Park of the Breggia Gorge in the Muggio Valley one can admire a rich spectrum of natural bio-spheres on an area of about 65 hectares and a length of 1.5 kilometers: Rapids, waterfalls, diverse stone formations and a myriad of animal and plant species.

In the lively cities of Chiasso and Mendrisio you will find numerous events and sights: Churches, palaces and museums, but also music festivals and folk festivals such as the vintner festivals and chestnut celebrations. One of Switzerland’s few factory stores stands in Mendrisios Fox-Town. In this vast shopping center many international brands offer their products at factory prices.

Highlights

  • Monte Generoso - At 1704 meters, the highest mountain south of Lake Lugano offers a variety of leisure activities, among these are two thematic trails. From its peak, there are fantastic views of Lake Lugano as well as the Ticinese and Valaisian Alps are obtained.
  • San Giorgio boasts a Fossil Museum in Meride (UNESCO World Natural Heritage) and a Geology Trail. A large number of fossils of great scientific interest were found here.
  • Riva San Vitale - historic town at the foot of Monte San Giorgio. Important Baptist monument: It documents how this Christian faith took roots here.
  • Valle Muggio - a pristine pre-Alpine valley. In the Geo-Park of the Breggia Gorge one can admire a wide variety of animals, plants and stones. Hikers have access to the Muggio Valley also from Monte Generoso.
  • Foxtown Mendrisio - Ticino’s factory outlet store. Enormous shopping paradise with brand-name products at factory prices.

Top Events

  • The milky way - Musical pilgrimage in 3 movements and 7 stations with theatre, dance, literature and visual art (august).

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