Monte Tamaro

Scenic Views

Straddled over the Lugano and Locarno regions, Monte Tamaro offers a spectacular 360° view over a large chunk of Ticino’s territory, encompassing the lakes (Ceresio and Lake Maggiore) with the valleys that surround them, the regions of Bellinzona and Malcantone with their mountains. To get there, first climb up to Alpe Foppa (1530 m) with the cable car from Rivera, then continue on foot to the summit (1962 m) for approximately an hour and 30 min. walk. The Alpe Foppa, with an amazing offer of sports activities, a restaurant, the cultural and natural area, is a recreational destination even for families.


The visit

"Monte Tamaro a mountain of emotions": this slogan proves itself true for those that venture onto the mountain, where a large variety of cultural and sports activities are offered, from hiking (with the spectacular walk Tamaro-Lema) to gastronomy to entertainment.

The church of Mario Botta

At Alpe Foppa, renowned Ticino architect Mario Botta built the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli entirely out of porphyry rock at the edge of the cliff that opens onto an extraordinary panoramic view. Interesting are the frescoes of Enzo Cucchi on the ceiling of the gangway and in the chapel. Of great value are also some sculptures of modern authors located in the vicinity.

Adventure and sport

The first activity you will run into after going up with the cable car, is the Adventure park, a striking acrobatic course suspended between the century-old beech trees, located at the intermediate station. Once you've reached Alpe Foppa you can tackle a breathtaking 800 meter-long descent on a sledge slide reaching a speed of 50km/h. Also exciting is the 440 meter flight on the Tyrolean traverse. Fun is guaranteed for children thanks to the big playground a few meters away from the restaurant Alpe Foppa, where you can taste Ticino's traditional cuisine.

For two-wheel enthusiasts the destination offers several well-marked mountain bike trails, of varying difficulty and length, to discover the region in total freedom. E-bike charging station (free) on the Alpe Foppa and two service columns, one on the Alpe Foppa and the other at the cable car departure station in Rivera.
Finally, Monte Tamaro is an ideal destination for those that practice paragliding.

Relax at Splash & Spa

At the end of the day you can relax in the modern Splash & Spa, located in Rivera next to the cable car's departure station.


Restaurants nearby

To complete your day