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The pastures of Torello

The pastures of Torello

Carona: the San Grato Botanical Park

Carona: the San Grato Botanical Park

Montagnola at a glance

Montagnola at a glance

Grazing horses at Bigogno

Grazing horses at Bigogno



The Church and Convent of S. Maria a Torello

The Church and Convent of S. Maria a Torello

The  Madonna dOngero with the Way of the Cross

The Madonna dOngero with the Way of the Cross

Partial view of the Collina dOro

Partial view of the Collina dOro

A characteristic house in Carona

A characteristic house in Carona

Tour description

Montagnola is the home of the museum dedicated to Hermann Hesse at Casa Camuzzi. This famous Nobel prizewinning writer lived here for all the twelve years he spent in Ticino. Cross the road that leads to ‘Minigera’ and follow the ascending path that converges with the path to Bogogno and leads to Agra (about an hours’ walk).
From here it’s another hour and ten minutes to the church and convent of S. Maria Assunta di Torello where there’s another herb field. The convent was founded in 1217 by the bishop of Como, Guglielmo dlla Torre. It was originally part of the adjacent Augustine monastery, suppressed in 1389, and now a private house. The Romanesque church is surrounded by green lawns and dense woods (key obtainable from Mr. Fausto Piceni, tel: 091 995 14 92).
Back on the road, another 25 minutes by foot will take you to the Santuario della Madonna d’Ongero, which once used to be a shrine for pilgrims . You get to it at the end of a Via Crucis (key from Mrs. Sofia Schmidt, tel: 091 649 72 38). It was built in the 17th C on the foundation of a little chapel built in 1515. The single nave is worth looking at for its 17th C frescoes by Giuseppe A. Petrini painted on the blind arches. These paintings depict, on one side the debate between Jesus and the doctors of law , and on the other the Presentation in the Temple.
Another 30 minutes walking will get you to Carona, also known as the ‘village of artists’, because of the many architects, masons, and plasterers who came from there and then emigrated to Italy and the rest of Europe. Carona has a charmingly picturesque little centre. Especially noteworthy is the Romanesque parish church of S. Giorgio. Built in the 16thC, the choir has been decorated with a fresco of ‘The last Judgement’ by D. Pezzi.
At Carona we recommend a visit to the San Grato Botanical Park, which, with its 62.000 sq. metres, has the largest collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and conifers of the entire Insubric Region both in terms of quantity and variety. From the park it’s also possible to enjoy an exceptional view of the immediate surroundings and of the peaks of the Alps.


- Museo Hermann Hesse. Documents, watercolours, and objects which belonged to the writer and remain as a witness to his life in Montagnola. Tel: 091 993 37 70

- Torello, Church and Convent of Santa Maria – Romanesque building with 13thC frescoes. Private Property. Key from Mr. Piceni tel: 091 995 14 92
- Santuario della Madonna d’Ongero. (17thC decoration and stucco by A. Casella, frescoes by G.Petrini) key from Mrs. Sofia Schmidt, Tel: 091 649 72 38
- Chiesa Parocchiale di S. Giorgio (16thC with 17thC bell tower. Choir decorated by D. Pezzi ‘Last Judgement’
- San Grato Botanical Park


Take a bus to Montagnola for the beginning of this four hour trek.
In Carona it’s possible to take the bus back to Lugano.

Infusions, toffees and oil from COFIT are available throughout the canton. For an updated list call 079 400 77 48

Motto del Gallo Taverne, Al Portone Lugano, Enoteca Giardino Lugano, La Tinera Lugano,
S. Abbondio Sorengo, Ristorante Ceresio Figino, Ristorante Bombinasco Banco, Ristorante Bacco Caslano, Villa Magliasina Golf Hotel Magliaso, Gallo d’oro Soragno-Davesco, Bella Vista Vico Morcote

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Places along the route: Montagnola - Bignogno - Agra - Barbengo - Molino - Torello - Mad. d'Ongero - Carona


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Tour history (B00953)

First published: Donnerstag, 22. Februar 2007

Last updated: Montag, 16. Februar 2015

Tour published by: Presented by www.luganoturismo.ch

Tour characteristics

Distance: 9.9 km | Time requirement: 4 h
Ascent: 533 m | Descent: 403 m
Highest point: 630 m.a.s.l.

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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