Between heaven and formaggini. A hike to the queen of cheese on Monte Generoso.
Monte Generoso has long been a link between Switzerland and Italy. At 1,700 metres, it offers breathtaking views of the Alps and Lake Lugano, Lake Varese and Lake Como. The “generous” mountain also has a lot to offer culturally: many of its Alpine farms have been producing unique regional products for centuries, such as formaggini and zincarlin cheese.
Monte Generoso, at the southern end of Lake Lugano, reaches a height of 1,700 metres. The Fiore di pietra (stone flower) created by famous Ticino architect Mario Botta stands majestically on a rocky plateau atop the mountain. The Clericetti farm is only a few steps from here.
For real adventurers and connaisseurs.
On foot or by funicular
Early risers who’d like to have lunch on the Clericetti farm can hike from Mendrisio (328m) or from the halfway funicular station Bellavista (1,221m) up to Monte Generoso (1,700m). If you’d rather take things easy and sleep in, you can take the funicular from Capolago to the top.
Like in olden times
The two-hour circular hike from the summit station passes several Alpine farms. The farmers live in old “rustici” here in summer – drystone houses skilfully built by hand. In olden days, they used “nevere” – cold storage huts – to keep their milk cool for making cheese and butter. Yet another unique feature on Monte Generoso.
- 11 nevere can be visited on the nevere trail.
The length of the circular hike from the summit station to Monte Generoso summit, Alp Nadigh and Alp Génor.
Welcome to Clericetti Alpine farm.
“… absolutely fantastic.”
Marisa Clericetti runs the highest Alpine farm on Monte Generoso. Her family has been producing various local cheeses here for five generations. Marisa leaves Roncapiano in Muggio Valley every May to work on her Alpine farm with her husband and their animals until the end of the year. “I love being here: the view from Monte Generoso is absolutely fantastic,” she says.
Handwork and decades of experience
Marisa seasons the cheese dough with a little salt and rolls it out with a plate to produce a “büscion”. That’s the name of these traditional cheese cylinders in Ticino. Marisa knows exactly how much dough she needs for a perfect formaggino, as she’s been producing this cream cheese for more than 40 years.
Simple and authentic
Marisa Clericetti serves day trippers and hikers on the little terrace in front of her farm, overlooking Muggio Valley. Her own products and other regional products are on the menu: formaggini, formagella, zincarlin and cured meat. Accompanied by Merlot wine from Mendrisiotto. Every lunch is a feast on Marisa’s farm.
Marisa Clericetti produces 100 formaggini every day. Anything that isn’t eaten on her farm or in the restaurant at the summit is sent down in the Monte Generoso funicular in the afternoon to be sold in Capolago. Together with many weary hikers enjoying the enchanting view for one last time on their journey home.
- 130 years Monte Generoso funicular’s anniversary in 2020.
- 2017 The year in which the stone flower by architect Mario Botta from Mendrisiotto was opened next to the summit station.