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.

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.

Ristorante Vetta San Salvatore Ristorante Vetta San Salvatore

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.

Ristorante Vetta San Salvatore

Monte San Salvatore Activities

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. For the more experienced and courageous, there is also the possibility of climbing on a scenic via ferrata. 

Hiking and theme trails

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