The Monte Tamaro lies in the triangle between Lugano, Bellinzona and Locarno. It is famous for the Santa Maria degli Angeli church designed by Mario Botta and the scenic ridge walk from Monte Lema.
Leaving from Rivera, the cable car climbs to Alpe Foppa at 1,530 metres. The telecommunications mast is a good 300 metres higher, while the actual Tamaro summit is 1,962 metres above sea level. On a clear day you can see the Monte Rosa Massif from the summit and on the Lema hike. There are hiking routes in all directions, and mountain bikers love the downhill routes and the bike park.
The mountain restaurant, the summer toboggan run, the zip wire, the large children’s playground at the upper station and the adventure high ropes park at the middle station combine to make Monte Tamaro a mountain packed with adventure. The Splash & Spa Tamaro in Rivera, a water park spread across more than 10,000 square metres, is also a real delight for water babies.
Altitude: 1,962 metres
How to get there: Train from Lugano or Bellinzona to Rivera-Bironico, 15-minute walk to the valley station, two-stage cable car to Alpe Foppa (1,530 metres)
Views: To the north across the Magadino plain to Bellinzona, the Ticino mountains to the Gotthard region and the Bernese Oberland; to the south-east the Dent della Vecchia and Monte Generoso
Attractions: Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli by Mario Botta, paintings by Enzo Cucchi, summer toboggan run, long zip wire, large playground, adventure park (middle station)
Food and drink: Alpe Foppa self-service restaurant with seating for 400
Accommodation: Capanna Tamaro UTOE mountain hut (next to the mast, one hour from Alpe Foppa): 53 sleeping spaces
Groups: Alpe Foppa: meeting room, seating for 140, traditional cuisine, mainly Ticino specialities such as Ticino polenta with two types of cheese
Special comments: Splash & Spa Tamaro water park in Rivera (open all year around)
Discounted mountain ascent with the Swiss Travel Pass/GA travelcard.
Buy your tickets on arrival at the station.
April - November
4 to 8 hours (full day)
|Suitable for children with age||
10 to 13 years, 14+ years
Children, Families, Groups, Individual, Couples
|Action / Fun factor||
Active, Adventure, Culinary, Culture, Nature