• Monte Tamaro, Cable car
  • Monte Tamaro, Mountain Bike
  • Monte Tamaro, Church Santa Maria degli Angeli
  • Monte Tamaro, Church Santa Maria degli Angeli
  • Monte Tamaro, Alpe Foppa
  • Monte Tamaro, Hiking
  • Monte Tamaro, Hiking
  • Monte Tamaro, Mountain Bike
  • Monte Tamaro, Adventure Park
  • Monte Tamaro, Family
  • Monte Tamaro, Adventure Park
  • Monte Tamaro, Mountain Bike
  • Monte Tamaro, Alpine coaster bobs
  • Monte Tamaro, Alpine coaster bobs
  • Monte Tamaro, Flying Fox
  • Monte Tamaro, Flying Fox

Change of schedule and possible cancelled activities

Events, exhibitions, shows and entertainment activities may be postponed or even cancelled.

Given the ever-changing situation, we would advise you to always check opening times in advance as well as any restrictions applying to the event directly with the contact people indicated.

We do our best to keep you constantly updated but apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Monte Tamaro

Mount Tamaro is one of the most appreciated spots of the region and supplies Alpine emotions at a stone’s throw from the city.

It offers a unique view of the pre-Alpine landscape, of lakes and the snowy peaks of the Alps.

The “Monte Tamaro” mountain is located in the Lugano-Bellinzona-Locarno triangle. From Rivera, which is easily accessible by car and public transport, a convenient cableway whisks you up to Alpe Foppa at 1,530 metres above sea-level. With its big restaurant, and the Church of S. Maria degli Angeli (designed by  architect Mario Botta), Alpe Foppa is also the starting point for walks and MTB trails with panoramic views as well as being home to a play park for kids and a Alpine- Coaster bobs, Flying Fox and a column that recharges E-Bikes.

At the intermediate station of the ski-lift you’ll find: The Adventure Park, Tamaro Jumping, a welcome point with a snack bar and free WIFI.


Alpe Foppa is the starting point for many trips, for the Tamaro-Lema hike, scenic hiking trails and three "health rambles".


Landing site at Bironico.

Contact details and coordinates for Bironico

2 715 370 / 1 107 880 (CH1903+)
8° 55' 51.4" / 46° 6' 45.2" (WGS84)

Culture route

Suspended Cube
Unique piece by sculptress Jaya Schürch was set up there on 15 October 2008 at Alpe Foppa.

The Temple Guardian
Luca Marcionelli's monolithic 4-metre-high statue was set up on 10 September 2006 at Alpe Foppa.

La Madonna del Tamaro
The bronze statue of the Madonna and Child by sculptor Antonio Danzi Viggiù. Erected on 15 June 1985 that watches majestically over the hollow surrounding the restaurant.


The Alpe Foppa restaurant (1,530 metres above sea level) seats 400, facilities include a snack bar, shop, free WIFI, sun terrace with loungers for hire, and a big children's play area. 
Suitable for banquets, cocktails and buffets, maximum capacity 250 people, conference room with video projector available.


Traditional cuisine, especially typical Ticino dishes, such as polenta with two different kinds of cheese, home-made meat and vegetarian lasagne and tripe stew Ticino-style. 
Wide choice of dishes and menus for adults and children.



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  1. Contact

    Monte Tamaro SA
    Via Campagnole 6
    6802 Rivera
    +41 91 946 23 03

  2. Notes

    Clean And Safe tourism service providers

  3. Altitude


  4. Opening

    Opening season
    01.04 - 07.11.2021
    Open all days

  5. How to arrive

    By road and motorway
    - 15 km from Lugano
    - 93 km from Milan
    - 10 km from Bellinzona
    - 25 km from Locarno
    - 40 km from Chiasso

    Motorway A2, Rivera exit (200 metres from the cableway base station)
    46°7'37.03 N – 8°55'11.29 E
    Large car park

    By rail
    Regional trains from Bellinzona and Lugano to the Rivera-Bironico station (300-metre walk from the railway station to the cableway base station).

    By air
    Airports Agno/Milano/Zurich