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.
A slightly undulating plateau at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level, defined by large pastures, spruce and fir forests as well as characteristic whitewashed individual farms that have their barns and living quarters under the same roof: these are the Jurassic Freiberg Mountains.
The Blenio Valley in northern Ticino extends from the Lukmanier Pass (1914 meters above sea level) down the valley to Biasca. In summer, hikers encounter well preserved old villages and art treasures on the valley trail from Biasca via Acquarossa to Olivone. The valley also offers a broad spectrum of cultural offerings, including a large number of museums and churches.