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Fascinating Morcote

Fascinating Morcote

Crossing the peninsula from north to south

Crossing the peninsula from north to south

A perspective of the San Grato Botanical Park

A perspective of the San Grato Botanical Park

San Grato Parks lush vegetation

San Grato Parks lush vegetation

The pasturelands of Alpe Vicania

The pasturelands of Alpe Vicania

Morcote - a terrace of the Church of S.ta Maria

Morcote - a terrace of the Church of S.ta Maria

Morcotes typical porticoes

Morcotes typical porticoes

Tour description

This superb panorama mountain is one of Lugano's landmarks. Monte San Salvatore not only offers splendid views on all sides but also has numerous hiking trails. The tour from the summit through chestnut forests along the lake to Morcote is a classic. Getting to the top is not a problem as the funicular railway takes only 12 minutes to ascend 909 metres from Lugano-Paradiso. The 360 degree panoramic views from the observation terrace are hard to beat and reach from Lake Lugano over the Po Valley to the peaks of the Swiss and Savoy Alps. The descent to Morcote does start off quite steeply. From Ciona, however, easy paths with no more significant changes in altitude take you through the forest to the artists' village of Carona, which was a source of inspiration for Hermann Hesse, amongst others. Here the botanical garden Parco San Grato with its collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and conifers is well worth a visit. An easy forest trail leads from Carona past the 17th century Sanctuary of Madonna d'Ongero and an hour later to Alpe Vicania, whose «grotto» restaurant seems to have a magical attraction for the locals in summer. Running idyllically through the chestnut forest and over hundreds of steps it finally arrives at the picturesque Morcote on the lake, where a boat trip back to Lugano makes for a relaxed ending to this wonderful Ticino hike.


Option A: An additional chance to admire the beauty of the region in summer is by making the return journey by boat.


Refreshments are available on the San Salvatore, at the San Grato Park and on Alpe Vicagna.

Paradiso may be easily reached by train, bus or boat. The return trip from Morcote may be made either by boat or by postal bus.

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Places along the route: San Salvatore - Ciona - Carona - San Grato - Alpe Vicania - Morcote


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Tour history (B01017)

First published: Donnerstag, 29. März 2007

Last updated: Dienstag, 5. Mai 2015

Tour published by: Presented by www.luganoturismo.ch

Tour characteristics

Distance: 9.3 km | Time requirement: 3½ h
Ascent: 219 m | Descent: 829 m
Highest point: 882 m.a.s.l.

Difficulty T1 Hiking

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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