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Monte Tamaro

Monte Tamaro, situated in the triangle between Lugano - Bellinzona - Locarno, together with the Monte Ceneri pass divides the Upper and Lower Ceneri.

This mountain is one of the most appreciated destinations in the region thanks to its ability to offer entertainment, natural beauty and sporting activities.

From Rivera, a convenient cable car takes you to Alpe Foppa, where there is a large restaurant near a small lake, the Santa Maria degli Angeli Church designed by the architect Mario Botta, the departure point for panoramic walks and mountain bike trails. Monte Tamaro offers excitement and fun for the whole family, in fact there is also a children's playground, a coaster bob, a zip line and an adventure park.

Monte Tamaro cable car

Just 15 km from Lugano, the Monte Tamaro cable car can easily be reached by car, taking the Rivera exit from the A2 or by train, getting off at Rivera-Bironico station. The cableway climbs smoothly to 1,530 m.

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Restaurants Lugano - Rivera

Alpe Foppa

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.

Alpe Foppa

Restaurants Lugano - Rivera

Alpe Foppa

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.

Alpe Foppa

Monte Tamaro activities

Splash & SPA Tamaro

An oasis of fun and relaxation. Magic and energy meet to provide you with an unforgettable experience full of action and fun, well-being and fantasy. This is Splash & SPA Tamaro, the water park in the canton of Ticino.

Splash & SPA Tamaro

Camper Area Tamaro

The Camper Area Tamaro is located on the Monte Ceneri pass and is a good starting point for excursions throughout the canton. This is an exclusive parking area for camper vans, open all year round, 24 / 24h.

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Rivera

Church Santa Maria degli Angeli

Designed by world-famous architect Mario Botta, is a marvel of contemporary architecture and features paintings by Enzo Cucchi.

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Rivera

Church Santa Maria degli Angeli

Designed by world-famous architect Mario Botta, is a marvel of contemporary architecture and features paintings by Enzo Cucchi.

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Hiking trails and MTB tracks

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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

The Monte Tamaro - Monte Lema Hike

This pre-alpine crossing is one of the most renowned and astounding excursions in the Swiss Pre-Alps and is located in an area overlooking both Switzerland and Italy.

Length 12.8 km
Duration 4 h 50'
Height difference 963 m
Requirements medium
Conditions difficult
– Alpe Foppa – Capanna Tamaro – Alpe Canigiolo – La Bassa – Alpe di Torricella – Arosio – Bedano - Rivera

Monte Tamaro Bike – Nr. 362

This loop trail is quite an experience: the ascent from Alpe Foppa to Capanna Tamaro is rough, but the fantastic views of the valley, Lake Lugano and Lago Maggiore are worth the effort. The long downhill ride through forests and across alps to the Vedeggio River in the valley is a technical challenge.

Length 31.7 km
Duration 3 h 20'
Height difference 756 m
Requirements difficult
Conditions easy

Monte Tamaro MTB

Monte Tamaro is one of the region’s most popular spots, providing thrilling Alpine experiences just a stone’s throw from the city. Amongst the many good reasons for visiting, we should mention the great routes for MTB enthusiasts, starting directly from the cable car arrival point at Alpe Foppa (1532 m).

– Rivera – Monte Ceneri – Rivera

Cross Country Circuit Rivera

Experience the emotions of unforgettable world-class competitions

Length 5.82 km
Duration 45'
Height difference 164 m
Requirements medium
Conditions easy
– Alpe Foppa – Capanna Tamaro – Monte Tamaro – Alpe di Neggia

Alpe Foppa – Alpe di Neggia

Panoramic hike, which takes you from Alpe Foppa to Alpe di Neggia, offering you two variations along the path, both surrounded by the nature.

Length 6.9 km
Duration 2 h 45'
Height difference 512 m
Requirements medium
Conditions medium
– Alpe Foppa – Capanna Tamaro – Monte Tamaro – Bassa d’Indemini – Bassa di Montoia – Monte Gradiccioli – La Bassa – Arosio

Alpe Foppa – Arosio

Twin Hike of the Monte Tamaro – Monte Lema Mountain Trail.

Length 14.5 km
Duration 5 h 30'
Height difference 815 m
Requirements medium
Conditions difficult
– Alpe Foppa – Capanna Tamaro – Monte Tamaro – Alpe Foppa

Tamaro summit

Step by step to the top of Monte Tamaro and its unique panorama view over Ticino.

Length 8 km
Duration 3 h
Height difference 575 m
Requirements medium
Conditions medium
– Alpe Foppa – Capanna Tamaro – Monte Tamaro – Alpe Duragno – Alpe Foppa

Tour of Monte Tamaro

The ultimate scenic route.

Length 9.7 km
Duration 3 h 40'
Height difference 723 m
Requirements medium
Conditions medium
– Ristorante Alpe Foppa – panoramic point one – Ristorante Alpe Foppa

Artistic Walk

The Artistic Walk combines nature and culture and is of interest for the whole family.

Length 1 km
Duration 20'
Height difference 52 m
Requirements easy
Conditions easy
– Ristorante Alpe Foppa – Zottone - panoramic point two - panoramic point one – Ristorante Alpe Foppa

Panoramic Walk

The path which combines unique views and culture.

Length 2.6 km
Duration 50'
Height difference 141 m
Requirements easy
Conditions easy
– Alpe Foppa – Alpe Duragno – Capanna Tamaro – Alpe Foppa

Alpe Duragno walk

The circular Alpe Duragno Walk, the longest of the three, offers you a panoramic and constantly suggestive view.

Length 6.4 km
Duration 2 h 25'
Height difference 476 m
Requirements medium
Conditions medium
– Alpe Foppa (Mountain station of the cable car) – Piano di Mora (intermediate station of the cable car) – Monti di Spina – Monte Ceneri – Rivera (Valley station of the cable car)

Alpe Foppa – Piano di Mora – Rivera (via forestry road)

The classic route, also suitable for pushchairs.

Length 10.2 km
Duration 2 h 40'
Requirements easy
Conditions difficult
– Alpe Foppa (Mountain station of the cable car) – Piano di Mora (intermediate station of the cable car) – Monti di Spina – Soresina – Rivera (Valley station of the cable car)

Alpe Foppa – Piano di Mora – Rivera (direct route)

The shortest and more direct route.

Length 6.9 km
Duration 2 h 10'
Requirements medium
Conditions difficult
– Alpe Foppa (Mountain station of the cable car) – Nágra – In Dümm – Soresina – Rivera (Valley station of the cable car)

Alpe Foppa – Nágra – Rivera

A very attractive and less frequented alternative route to reach Rivera along a path that winds largely through the forest.

Length 8.9 km
Duration 2 h 40'
Height difference 90 m
Requirements medium
Conditions medium
– Alpe Foppa (Mountain station of the cable car) – Nágra – Piano di Mora (intermediate station of the cable car)

Alpe Foppa – Nágra – Piano di Mora

An alternative and more characteristic route to reach the intermediate station of the cable car along a path that winds largely through the forest.

Length 3.7 km
Duration 1 h 25'
Height difference 121 m
Requirements medium
Conditions medium
– Alpe Foppa (Mountain station of the cable car) – Duragno – Faedone – Monti Nanazzo – Soresina – Rivera (Valley station of the cable car)

Alpe Foppa – Duragno – Rivera

Variant further south to descend.

Length 9.1 km
Duration 3 h
Height difference 173 m
Requirements medium
Conditions difficult
– Alpe Foppa (Mountain station of the cable car) – Duragno – Faedone – Monti Nanazzo – Piano di Mora (intermediate station of the cable car)

Alpe Foppa – Duragno – Piano di Mora

A highly varied route that is essentially divided into three distinct sections.

Length 7.4 km
Duration 2 h 30'
Height difference 303 m
Requirements medium
Conditions medium