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Monte San Salvatore

San Salvatore, also known as Switzerland's Sugar Loaf Mountain, is the symbol of Lugano. The funicular railway of Monte San Salvatore is located in Paradiso and leads to the summit in just 12 minutes. Here the 360° scenery is almost indescribable and extends from Lake Lugano to the Po Valley, ending with the peaks of the Swiss and Savoy Alps.

Monte San Salvatore not only offers stunning panoramic views, but also numberless trails for hikers:numerous footpaths allow you to enjoy the special features of this area, walking through unspoilt and regenerating nature. From the mountain top, you can descend down along the hiking trail that leads to Ciona (Carona) or to Pazzallo and Paradiso. For the more experienced and courageous, there is also the possibility of climbing on a scenic via ferrata. On the summit of San Salvatore there is also the church of the same name, with its centuries of history, and a museum. The Ristorante Vetta San Salvatore offers gastronomic dishes to be enjoyed on the veranda or on the panoramic terrace.

The Monte San Salvatore cable railway

The cable railway is at 500 metres from the Lugano-Sud motorway exit and 5 minutes away from the Paradiso railroad station; it has a convenient car park and you can reach the summit in just 10 minutes. It runs from morning to late afternoon, from March to November, with trips every 30 minutes. In summer the last trip is at 11.00 p.m.

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Restaurants Lugano - Paradiso

Ristorante Vetta San Salvatore

Ristorante Vetta offers a beautiful panoramic terrace, the ideal place to sit down and dine surrounded by a breathtaking landscape. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and its cuisine, mostly Mediterranean, is perfect for warm summer days: Vetta truly is an oasis of peace only a stone throw away from downtown Lugano.

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Restaurants Lugano - Paradiso

Ristorante Vetta San Salvatore

Ristorante Vetta offers a beautiful panoramic terrace, the ideal place to sit down and dine surrounded by a breathtaking landscape. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and its cuisine, mostly Mediterranean, is perfect for warm summer days: Vetta truly is an oasis of peace only a stone throw away from downtown Lugano.

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Monte San Salvatore activities

Hiking and theme trails

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– Lugano (Magliaso) – Mendrisio

Sentiero Lago di Lugano

Those who have hiked these stages know the Sottoceneri through and through: from the pre-Alpine mountains to the Mediterranean shores, from mountain huts to grottos surrounded by vineyards, the Sottoceneri presents itself in all its diversity.

9 stages

Length 137 km
Duration 49 h
Height difference 8700 m
Requirements medium
Conditions difficult
– Monte San Salvatore

Monte San Salvatore Nature trail

Discover the fascinating wonders of the nature of Monte San Salvatore, located few steps away form the city.

Length 1.6 km
Duration 35'
Height difference 105 m
Requirements easy
Conditions easy
– San Salvatore – Ciona – Carona – Parco San Grato – Alpe Vicania – Morcote

The Peninsula’s allure

A proposal that allows you to reach the south side of this intriguing and varied peninsula, to visit the scenic San Grato Park, to continue towards Alpe Vicania until Morcote.

Length 9 km
Duration 2 h 50'
Height difference 257 m
Requirements medium
Conditions difficult
– San Salvatore – Ciona – Carona

San Salvatore – Carona trail

A route that allows you to reach the southern side of this intriguing and varied peninsula, at the foot of Mount San Salvatore, but on the opposite side of the city.

Length 3.64 km
Duration 1 h
Height difference 76 m
Requirements medium
Conditions medium
– San Salvatore – Pazzallo – Paradiso

San Salvatore – Paradiso trail

Classic hiking connection between summit and city, between nature and civilization!

Length 3.63 km
Duration 1 h 10'
Height difference 35 m
Requirements medium
Conditions medium
– San Salvatore – Ciona – Carona – Melide

From the summit down to the lake

A proposal that allows you to reach the south side of this intriguing and varied peninsula. From Carona there is the possibility to visit the scenic San Grato Park, the Carona-Melide trail is a registered historic trail.

Length 5.18 km
Duration 1 h 35'
Height difference 62 m
Requirements medium
Conditions medium
– San Salvatore – Ciona – Carabbia – Pazzallo – Paradiso

Excursion around San Salvatore

Alternative route to the classic path on the north side of San Salvatore. The path winds through the woods.

Length 7.07 km
Duration 2 h
Height difference 136 m
Requirements medium
Conditions medium
– San Salvatore – Ciona – Carabbia – Torello – Madonna d’Ongero – Carona

The route among villages, churches, sanctuaries and woods

Alternative itinerary to the classic direct connection with Carona, with aspects linked to nature and culture.

Length 8.95 km
Duration 2 h 35'
Height difference 279 m
Requirements medium
Conditions medium
– San Salvatore – Ciona – Carona – Madonna d’Ongero – Alpe Vicania – Morcote

In the lush heart of Monte Arbòstora

A proposal that allows you to reach the south side of this intriguing and varied peninsula passing close to Carona and continue towards the Sanctuary of the Madonna d'Ongero until Morcote.

Length 9.2 km
Duration 2 h 45'
Height difference 230 m
Requirements medium
Conditions difficult
– San Salvatore – Ciona – Carona – Parco San Grato – Carona – Madonna d’Ongero – Torello – Figino

Naturalistic trekking among the parks

Visit Carona and the scenic San Grato Park as well as the Pian Càsoro, a protected area. The mouth represents a special natural environment, there is a biotope.

Length 11.34 km
Duration 3 h 10'
Height difference 245 m
Requirements medium
Conditions difficult
– San Salvatore – Ciona – Carona – Madonna d’Ongero – Torello – Carabbia – Pazzallo – Paradiso

The San Salvatore – Carona – Paradiso circuit

The characteristic Carona, visit the scenic San Grato Park, the Church of S.Maria Assunta of Torello, the Sanctuary of the Madonna d'Ongero.

Length 13.78 km
Duration 3 h 50'
Height difference 355 m
Requirements medium
Conditions difficult
– San Salvatore – Ciona – Carona – Parco San Grato – Alpe Vicania – Madonna d’Ongero – Torello – Figino

Trail around the Monte Arbòstora

…with the possibility of visiting Carona and the scenic San Grato Park with its many attractions. Go round Monte Arbòstora on the other side to head towards Torello. Before arriving in this place characterized by the Church of S.Maria Assunta di Torello, you pass by the Sanctuary of the Madonna d'Ongero. Ends at Pian Càsoro, a protected area.

Length 15.22 km
Duration 4 h 15'
Height difference 364 m
Requirements medium
Conditions difficult
– San Salvatore – Ciona – Carona – Madonna d’Ongero – Torello – Figino – Casoro – Agra – Montagnola – Laghetto di Muzzano

On the road to the Collina d’Oro

...discovering various points of interest between San Salvatore and Figino and then going to the other side of the peninsula crossing the equally fascinating Collina d'Oro.

Length 15.25 km
Duration 4 h 20'
Height difference 551 m
Requirements medium
Conditions difficult
– Monte San Salvatore

With Bafalòn hunting treasure

This is a circular path along the nature trail, for children and parents or school classes.

Length 1.44 km
Duration 30'
Height difference 93 m
Requirements easy
Conditions easy
– Basel – Chiasso

ViaGottardo

What would the Gotthard be without its access routes? The ViaGottardo reaches the central Alpine pass from Chiasso in the south, from Schaffhausen in the northeast and from Basel in the northwest of Switzerland. There are many traces of these transport links to discover along the way.

Switzerland: 20 stages / Ticino: 6 stages / Bellinzona – Lugano – Chiasso: 5 stages

Length 330 km
Duration 40 h
Height difference 11000 m
Requirements medium
Conditions difficult
– Porrentruy – Mendrisio

Trans Swiss Trail

The long-distance Trans Swiss Trail from Porrentruy to Mendrisio is one of the last great adventures in highly-developed Switzerland. A variety of landscapes, cultures and places of interest.

Switzerland: 32 stages / Ticino: 9 stages / Bellinzona – Lugano – Chiasso: 4 stages

Length 490 km
Duration 32 h
Height difference 18200 m
Requirements easy
Conditions medium