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Geology on Monte San Giorgio

Geology on Monte San Giorgio

Marble quarries, Arzo

Marble quarries, Arzo

Fossil – fish from  Monte San Giorgio

Fossil – fish from Monte San Giorgio

Fossil – reptile from Monte San Giorgio

Fossil – reptile from Monte San Giorgio

Cable car and view from Serpiano

Cable car and view from Serpiano

Peak of Monte San Giorgio

Peak of Monte San Giorgio

Vineyards in Meride

Vineyards in Meride

Tour description

A circular learning trail covers the complex geo-paleontological history of Monte San Giorgio, a UNESCO world heritage listed site. A visit allows you to discover an amazing lost world dating back more than 200 milion years, with the fossil-finds to date being among the most important in the world. Starting point is the idyllic town of Meride, where a visit to the Fossil Museum is highly recommended. The path starts from the baroque San Silvestro church and takes you through the hamlets of Fontana, Spinirolo and Crocefisso into the Serpiano area. You then take the road leading to the cableway which, from Brusino Arsizio (at 285m) takes you up to Serpiano station (at 650m). You then climb slightly toward an ancient alpage surrounded by centuries-old chestnuts and the alpage of Brusino (673m), where you can enjoy the delights of the historic grotto restaurant. Continue on towards Gaggio (771m). Here you change direction toward Pozzo (812 m) and go down to Albertina, in the Riva S. Vitale area. The itinerary concludes back in Meride. A series of learning panels scattered along the path explain the history of this extraordinary place in detail.


Option A: The geo-paleontological path can be reached in a more challenging way from Riva San Vitale. To go up you can take the Brusino Arsizio – Serpiano cableway.
Right after Gaggio we recommend the excursion toward the Monte San Giorgio summit. Monte San Giorgio may also be reached from Pozzo. From the summit you can enjoy a stunning view ranging from the Morcote area to Monte Lema, with the Alpine chain in the background.


Guided visits are possible.

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Places along the route: Meride - Spinirolo - Crocifisso - Serpiano - Alpe di Brusino - Pianascio - Pissarda - Albertina - Meride


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Tour history (B05189)

First published: Freitag, 25. Mai 2012

Last updated: Dienstag, 17. März 2015

Tour published by: Presented by www.mendrisiottoturismo.ch

Tour characteristics

Distance: 12.3 km | Time requirement: 4¼ h
Ascent: 439 m | Descent: 439 m
Highest point: 850 m.a.s.l.

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Mendrisiotto Turismo
Via Lavizzari 2
CH-6850 Mendrisio
Tel: +41 (0)91 641 30 50
Fax: +41 (0)91 641 30 59
E-Mail: info@mendrisiottoturismo.ch
Internet: www.mendrisiottoturismo.ch