Malcantone, the gently curving, densely overgrown, domed hilly landscape, that curves up from Lake Lugano to Monte Lema, derived its livelihood for centuries mainly from one product: the chestnut. The ancient chestnut groves still exist today and are well maintained. Thick, gnarled trees, rising from a yellow-brown carpet of ferns, transform the mountain valley into a park landscape.
Relish chestnuts - with all your senses - at Arosio in Malcantone.
Malcantone lies between tall panoramic peaks such as Monte Lema and two inlets of Lake Lugano. The Tresa River, which flows from Lake Lugano at Ponte Tresa, and the mountains form the national border with Italy. Most of the 26 small communities of Malcantone are situated on the hills between the river Tresa and the mountains. The forest, which is composed mostly of chestnut trees, stretches from village to picturesque village. The churches in these villages are well worth visiting.
This Ticino hill landscape ranges from the Gulf of Agno on Lake Lugano to Monte Lema. Picturesque Ticinese villages, narrow mountain lanes and vast chestnut forests define the region, which is ideal for hiking and biking tours.