An entire day with splendid views of Lugano and its lake dominated by Monte San Salvatore, nicknamed Switzerland’s “Sugarloaf Mountain”. After an ascent by funicular to Monte Brè, you may visit the picturesque village, a vacationing destination and residence of many artists. Starting from Brè is a circular walk that leads to Monte Boglia. Here one can enjoy another incredible perspective over the Lugano bay, the Italian side of the lakeshore to the South and the mountains to the North, including the peaks of the "Denti della Vecchia" (literally Old Lady’s Teeth).
Itinerary: Monte Brè - Monte Boglia (5h, see map)
From Lugano-Cassarate go up with the funicular to Monte Brè. Beyond being considered one of Switzerland's sunniest regions, it also offers a spectacular view over the Lugano Bay, the Alps and the Monte Rosa. From the summit, in a 15-20-minute walk, you reach the charming village of Brè once inhabited by peasants and now a place of residence and vacation destination, also appreciated by representatives of the world of the arts and culture.
From the village, walk to the North along the road that leads to the basin of Pontivo. From here the ascent along a comfortable and well-signposted trail begins. Crossing the beech woods during an approximately 30-minute walk, you arrive in the area of Carbonera (1,033 meters) where you can refresh yourself at the fountain before starting the ascent to Monte Boglia. From the summit (1,129 meters), the beautiful panorama opens up over the Lugano bay and nearby Italy.
Following the ridge, descend towards Alpe Bolla and return to the village of Brè where you may take a break at the Osteria della Funicolare or at the Ristorante Vetta. Both restaurants are equipped with terraces with beautiful views, allowing you to get a final glimpse of the unforgettable panorama before going back down to Lugano-Cassarate with the funicular.
The itinerary from the village of Brè to Monte Boglia is the first segment of the fascinating excursion "Lugano Trekking", a three-day walk that leaves from Brè to Tesserete.