Ticino

Monte San Giorgio – Ticino’s Dinosaur Mountain

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This hike starts in the picturesque village of Meride, home of Monte San Giorgio, or as its nickname goes, "Dinosaur Mountain". It's a nice hike through wooded forests and on old mule tracks, but the main selling point here is actually the view from the top, which is one of…

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Monte Caslano – Hiking & Chestnut picking in Ticino

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Ever heard of your Swiss colleagues collecting chestnuts over the weekend or wondered where you can pick them yourself? We stumbled across a full forest of them on a short hike one warm October weekend in Ticino. Time: 1.5 - 2.5 hr Distance: ~ 5-7 km Altitude: ~ 50 -…

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Best hikes in Ticino

Ah, Ticino. Lakes, palm trees, long warm summers - definitely the Mediterranean canton of Switzerland! From Alpine hikes in the north to big valleys and lakes in the center and rolling hills in the south, there’s something here for pretty much everyone.  With the Gotthard base tunnel finished several years…

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Monte Tamaro – Hiking in Ticino and a dip in Lago Maggiore

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One rainy day in the flatlands of Northern Switzerland we decided to go over to sunny Ticino. I’d always seen Monte Tamaro from the train in Ticino – it looks really imposing with quite a steep ridge so I was a bit intimidated to know we were hiking up it.…

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Pizzo Zucchero (Mount Sugar) – An off-the-beaten-path hike in Ticino

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Today's post centers around our hiking adventures up Pizzo Zucchero, or as I translate it ‘Mount Sugar’, in Ticino. In the spirit of minimizing travel during the pandemic (#staycation :) we hired a car and took some of our annual leave in Switzerland. This was a great opportunity to visit…

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Tibetan Bridge Hike & A Minion in Ticino

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This was one of our longer 4-5 hour hikes, starting at the bottom of the Ticino valley, across a vertiginous bridge connecting two hillsides and 1350 meters up to a hilltop restaurant looking down into the town of Bellinzona. Fortunately, there was a convenient cable car at the top to…

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