Monte Tamaro


The striking 1962 meter-high mountain lies precisely between Locarno und Lugano – and is famous for the Santa Maria degli Angeli church by architect Mario Botta, as well as popular ridge hike to the chuch from Monte Lema.

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The excursion mountain became famous for the Santa Maria degli Angeli church designed by Mario Botta with paintings by Enzo Cucchi, as well as the scenic ridge hike from Monte Lema to the church or in the opposite direction.

Gondola rail travels from Rivera up to the Alpe Foppa at 1530-meter altitude. The telecommunications antenna stands a good 300 meters higher up - and the actual Tamaro summit is 432 meters higher. On a clear day you even catch a glimpse of the Monte Rosa massif from the summit and Lema hiking path. Hiking paths lead in all directions, including Indemini, and mountain-bikers get their kicks on the downhill stretches as well as at the bike park.

The mountain restaurant, summer toboggan run, flying fox, large children’s playground by the mountain station and the high ropes adventure park by the mid station all make Monte Tamaro what it is – namely an adventure packed mountain! Another entertaining attraction is “Splash & Spa Tamaro” in Rivera, a water park covering more than 10,000 square metres.


Altitude: 1962m
Train from Lugano or Bellinzona to Rivera-Bironico, 15 minutes on foot to the valley station, gondola rail in 2 sections to the Alpe Foppa (1530m)
View: Looking north, over the die Magadino plane to Bellinzona, Ticino mountains as far as the Gotthard region and the Bernese Oberland; with the Dent della Vecchia and Monte Generoso to the south
Attractions: Santa Maria degli Angeli church by Mario Botta, paintings by Enzo Cucchi, summer toboggan run, lengthy flying fox, large playground and adventure park (mid station)
Culinary aspects: Self-service restaurant Alpe Foppa 400 seating places
Overnight stays: Capanna Tamaro UTOE (by the antenna, an hour from Alpe Foppa): 53 sleeping places
Groups: Alpe Foppa: Hall for meetings,140 seating places, traditional cuisine, in particular typical Ticino specialities such as Ticino-style polenta with double cheese
Winter: closed
Special comments: "Splash e Spa Tamaro" water park in Rivera (year-round)

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