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Monte Generoso

Monte Generoso: architecture and nature

Lugano – Capolago – Monte Generoso

From Lugano, take the boat to Capolago where you’ll find the station for the mountain railway which will take you to the top of Monte Generoso. Once you get to Fiore di Pietra, the building constructed by the architect Mario Botta, after a meal at the restaurant, you can gaze over the awe-inspiring views and visit the nearby Grotta dell’Orsa with the remains of extinct bears.


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 to reach the summit (approx. approximately one and a half hours)
  • Visit to the summit and the Fiore di Pietra
  • Picnic or lunch at the restaurant


  • Visit to the Grotta dell’Orso (3D experience 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

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