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The famous Tamaro-Lema crossing

The famous Tamaro-Lema crossing

Alpe Foppa

Alpe Foppa

The Church S. Maria degli Angeli (arch. M. Botta)

The Church S. Maria degli Angeli (arch. M. Botta)

A charming scenario

A charming scenario

The Tamaro Hut with in the background the Alps

The Tamaro Hut with in the background the Alps

An enchanting lookout on the mountain chains

An enchanting lookout on the mountain chains

The suggestive hills of the Malcantone region

The suggestive hills of the Malcantone region

View of Lake Maggiore seen from Mount Lema

View of Lake Maggiore seen from Mount Lema

Mount Lemas cableway

Mount Lemas cableway

Tour description

The excursion starts in Rivera, from where you can reach the Alpe Foppa (at 1530m) in just a few minutes thanks to a cableway. Here you’ll find the Santa Maria degli Angeli church, designed by Architect Mario Botta during the 1990s: it has always attracted those with a fascination for architecture, and for many this is the sole reason for their visit, to admire both the decisive lines of the building, leaning out towards infinity, and Enzo Cucchi’s paintings which adorn it. But the Tamaro region offers a multitude of opportunities for sport too, including an adventure-park, coaster bob, paragliding, mountain biking, downhill tracks and Nordic-walking. As if all this weren’t enough, the restaurants, culture and the sheer diversity of the place make it an exceptional destination for amusement and recreation. To start the traverse you climb toward the Tamaro Summit (1962m) which you reach in around an hour, to be met with some magnificent views. This is the beginning of a sinuous but not too challenging route along the crest of the mountain, crossing summits, slopes and alpages, which takes you to Monte Lema in the Malcantone region (at 1620m). The entire route offers spectacular views north over Lake Maggiore, Centovalli, Verzasca, Vallemaggia, Locarno and Bellinzona, while to the south you can admire Lugano with its valleys and lake. In addition, the most commanding summits of the Alps, including Monte Rosa and Matterhorn, stand out in the distance. This is a four and a half hour itinerary between Ticino and Italy requiring some degree of fitness, not so much because its level of difficulty (it’s classified as a T2) but rather because of its duration. From the Lema you can go down to Miglieglia in comfort using the cableway. Alpe Foppa offers accommodation and food, as do others on Monte Tamaro and Monte Lema. However, you’ll need to take a good reserve of water, as along the path sources are very restricted. Proper mountain equipment is also recommended.


Option A: It is also possible to start the excursion directly from the Rivera parking area (at 554 m), as well as alighting at the Piano di Mora (1150m) intermediate cableway station, from where you can continue up towards Alpe Foppa (1530m).

Option B: Many trekkers prefer the crossing starting from Monte Lema towards Monte Tamaro. In this case, it is recommended that you organise your return route to Miglieglia before traveling, checking the possibilities offered by public transport.


To take the cableway up Mount Tamaro, you must reach Rivera that is easily accessible either by train or postal bus.
From Mount Lema you descend to Miglieglia where there is also a postal bus service. Furthermore, every day in the late afternoon there is a bus that allows you to return directly to Rivera. Ask for information at the cableway ticket office.

Opening hours:
From mid-March to mid-November open daily from 09:00 to 17:00.

Tickets may be purchased at the ticket office. Choose one of the two combined tickets Tamaro-Lema:
1) Ride up Tamaro + ride down Lema + bus ride from Miglieglia to Rivera
2) Ride up Tamaro + ride down Lema

A bus runs daily from Miglieglia to Rivera:
Miglieglia (cable lift), 17:15
Rivera (Tamaro), 17:55
Rivera (Tamaro), 18:00
Miglieglia (cable lift), 18:30

A brochure with the detailed schedule is available at the tourist office of Lugano (Lugano Turismo).

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Places along the route: Alpe Foppa - Cap.Tamaro - Monte Tamaro - Monte Gradiccioli - Passo d'Agario - Station M.Lema


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Tour history (B00806)

First published: Donnerstag, 12. Oktober 2006

Last updated: Dienstag, 5. Mai 2015

Tour published by: Presented by www.luganoturismo.ch

Tour characteristics

Distance: 13.2 km | Time requirement: 5 h
Ascent: 908 m | Descent: 879 m
Highest point: 1961 m.a.s.l.

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See also

Ente Turistico del Luganese
Riva Albertolli
Casella postale 6080
CH - 6901 Lugano
Tel: +41 (0)58 866 66 00
Fax: +41 (0)58 866 66 09
Internet: www.luganoturismo.ch
E-Mail: info@luganoturismo.ch