A "vantage summit" in a class of its own
Railway and mountain station will remain closed in 2014 due to reconstruction works

Monte Generoso

Monte Generoso is one of the best mountains for views in the Ticino. The panorama extends from the Po Valley over Lake Como to the Bernese Alps and the Valais. It is therefore no surprise that there is a mountain railway up here.

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Technical information

Begin of tour:Bellavista station on the Monte Generoso railway
Point of arrival:Bellavista station on the Monte Generoso railway
Access starting point:Funicular railway from Capolago
Access point of arrival:Funicular railway to Capolago
Physical fitness:easy
Total altitude meters:480 m
Hiking time:2h30
Length:6.7 km
Season:May to October
Gastronomy:Bellavista, Monte Generoso
Overnight:Monte Generoso
Various:Note: check the timetable


Bellavista - Monte Generoso - Bellavista

However, going up the mountain on foot is far more satisfying than simply allowing yourself to be hauled up by the funicular. If you want to walk up from the very bottom, though, you need to be quite fit. There is a difference in altitude of almost 1500 m between Capolago and the summit. Far less strenuous, but all the more enjoyable, is to climb the rest of the way from the Bellavista station to the top.

The starting point for the walk is Capolago station (on the line from Lugano - Chiasso). From there you go up by funicular railway to the Bellavista station. Then a beautiful path leads from Bellavista towards Monte Generoso. With wonderful views of the Valle di Muggio on the way, you reach the top station of the Monte Generoso railway. Then it takes a good 15 minutes more to get to the summit. You walk back down to Bellavista along the same path.

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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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