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 unique experience is waiting for you at Alp Piora: be enchanted by the traditions of alpine life and the secrets of its famous specialities. After a hike along the Lago Ritom nature trail, you and the master butchers of Ticinella (Rapelli SA) will discover the exclusive Prosciutto dell’Alpe Piora and the maturation cellar where the raw ham is gradually refined by the aromas of the high mountains. The visit is rounded off with an aperitif of typical Ticino specialities and wines.