If you use the tunnel you will miss the essential point: the feeling to have truly conquered the Gotthard, this primeval massif between Northern and Southern Europe.
The Nufenen Pass is both Switzerland's highest pass open to motor vehicles and the starting point for a superb cycling tour that actually passes through Italy for much of the way. Well, as spectacular as the circuit is, you're still going to have to shoulder your bike for some of the stages. The Griess Pass, for example, resists all attempts to cross it in the saddle. But no matter, your extraordinary efforts will be rewarded by a peerless mountain landscape.
A mutilation of nature or an impressive artificial construction. The Gotthard can be considered as you wish. Particularly imposing are the structures of the Alpe Pesciüm, the starting point of a three day mountain hiking experience between northern Tessin and Wallis.