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Monte Generoso

Monte Generoso: panorama, architecture and nature

Lugano – Capolago – Monte Generoso

To reach the summit of Monte Generoso there are several options including a travel from Lugano to Capolago by train or by boat. From Capolago the cogwheel railway has been taking passengers to the summit since 1890, where it is possible to admire the famous Fiore di Pietra (Stone Flower), built by architect Mario Botta in 2017. After a lunch break at the restaurant, it is possible to visit the Grotta dell’Orso, with finds of over 800 bears extinct 60,000 years ago, or stop at the Astronomic Observatory to look at the starry sky.

The ideal program

Morning - OPTION 1

  • Boat trip from Lugano to Capolago
  • Cogwheel railway to the top of Monte Generoso
  • Visit to the summit and the Fiore di Pietra
  • Picnic or lunch at the restaurant

Morning - OPTION 2

  • Departure from Bellavista on foot and walk approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the summit
  • Visit to the summit and the Fiore di Pietra
  • Picnic or lunch at the restaurant


  • Visit to the Grotta dell’Orso (upon request)
  • Return by cogwheel railway to Capolago and by train to Lugano

Not to be missed

  • Observation of local fauna and flora
  • Pathway of the planets
  • Fun at the small playground
  • Spectacular view

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  1. Contact

    Monte Generoso

    Lugano Region tourist office
    Piazza della Riforma, Lugano
    +41 58 220 65 00


    Organizzazione Turistica Regionale Mendrisiotto e Basso Ceresio
    Via Angelo Maspoli 15
    6850 Mendrisio
    +41 (0)91 641 30 50
    +41 (0)91 641 30 59