Close to the Italian border, in Switzerland's southernmost corner, you will find Mendrisiotto. Most people know this region only from passing through it. Industrial buildings line the thunderous Autobahn. Gently rolling hills, partly wooded, partly dotted with vineyards, extend a few kilometers westward.
Even though Monte San Giorgio was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003, neither the mountain nor anything around it has changed at all. Fossils up to 240 million years old – often in perfect condition – are concealed within this mountain. Some of the impressive findings can be admired in the Fossil Museum in Meride.