Mendrisiotto and Basso Ceresio have the power to transform your holidays into an exciting journey. Just take a look at our seven major attractions. True flagships of the region. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Lake Ceresio. Step back in time and explore the history of the Earth at Monte San Giorgio, of wild animals at the Grotta dell’Orso (Bear Cave) and of humans at Tremona’s Archaeological Park. Be captivated by human ingenuity discovering the ‘Nevère’ snow cellars, and the Cement Trail. Finally, admire the majesty of Monte Generoso as well as the breath-taking views that you can enjoy from up there.
Monte San Giorgio
The Monte San Giorgio mountain offers stunning views along a number of well laid-out hiking trails. Many small, local villages along the routes offer great starting points for an adventure. Come and discover Monte San Giorgio, a treasure that’s special enough to have been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Look out over the lagoon the mountain erupts from, teeming with fossils of marine life and rare terrestrial species.
Tremona-Castello Archaeological Park
Imagine a medieval village teeming with life. Walking through its streets, it’s almost as if you can hear the noise of the blacksmith’s workshop. This small village was almost certainly home to a host of other crafts too, even if evidence of them is long gone. Whilst this is a place full of activity, the Tremona – Castello Archaeological Park is surrounded by an aura of mystery. Come and discover the village’s unsolved enigmas.
Enjoy a pleasant boat ride over vivid blue waters surrounded by the embrace of the green mountains. Discover Bissone, home of famous Architect Francesco Borromini, and visit the charming baptistery of Riva San Vitale. There’s no better place to relax and fish, so drop your hook and find out what Ceresio has to offer.
The oldest steam train service still operating in Switzerland travels right on the tracks leading to Monte Generoso! Step back in time to the Belle Époque, on-board an 1890 steam train and other vintage trains.
Imagine a Monte Generoso inhabited by cave bears. Whilst these bears became extinct, their remains were found a few hundred metres from the Summit, on the Italian side, in the famous “Grotta dell’Orso”, the Bear Cave.
Start exploring and discover the rock footprints of the Tethys Sea, numerous traces of fossils, and marvellous flora and fauna.
Lace up your hiking boots and enjoy a pleasant trip that will reveal the precursor to the modern fridge, called Nevère. To tackle the short supply of water on the mountain, shepherds invented the Nevère which made it possible to store milk before it was made into butter! A true piece of Swiss history.
The Cement Trail
If you’re passionate about industrial archaeology, then come and explore the disused cement factory in the heart of Parco delle Gole della Breggia. Prepare to be captivated by the impressive and evocative buildings, renovated to provide a starting point for the fascinating Cement Trail itinerary. From underground quarries to enormous industrial facilities, discover the processes that served construction all across the Canton of Ticino.
Processions of the Holy Week Mendrisio
Take part in a real, living 400 year old tradition. On Holy Thursday, watch the Passion of Christ and on God Friday, don’t miss a procession which brings the village together in the streets. The alleyways are imbued with the dim light of the “Trasparenti”: translucent canvases mounted on frames illuminated from the inside, depicting the Gospel and the Old Testament.
All year round you can also visit the Museo del Trasparente, where you can admire the precision with which these artworks are made.
Book your Holiday – Where to sleep!
Come and discover how proud we are of our hospitality! From campsites and hotels to farm stays and holiday homes, choose the accommodation that’s right for you and your party. Our accommodation is available all across Mendrisiotto and they all share one thing in common. The same human warmth that spreads from corner to corner across the country.
There’s such a wide choice of accommodation, and we can provide the perfect solution for every situation. Any need can be catered for to ensure that you have the most magical experience possible. Perhaps the hardest thing you’ll have to decide is if you’d prefer a lakeshore and picturesque village, perhaps in Riva San Vitale or head for the cooler mountains and valleys instead.
We can’t wait to greet you, so you can experience the wonder of Mendrisiotto first hand!
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