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 (of Lugano and Locarno) with the valleys that surround it, the region of Bellinzona, the Malcantone and their mountains. To get there, first climb up to Alpe Foppa (1,530 m, cable car from Rivera). Then continue on foot to the summit (1,962 m, approximately an hour and 45 min. walk). The Alpe Foppa, with a varied offer of physical activities, the restaurant and the cultural and environmental area, is a true recreational and entertainment destination even for families.
"Monte Tamaro… of all colors": 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
Quality cultural activities are also offered. At Alpe Foppa, renowned Ticino architect Mario Botta built the chapel 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.
"Una montagna d’arte" (A mountain of art)
An exhibition by the Ticinese artist Ivo soldini, opens the art biennial project at the Monte Tamaro, conceived within a spectacular natural setting. The exhibition (2018-2019) suggests a new way of experiencing art within and in dialogue with the territory. A selection of 19 monumental sculptures made by Soldini in the last two decades accompanies the visitors through the artistic path of the sculptor and his favorite themes, related to the human figure.
Adventure and sport
The first activity you will run into in the Adventure park, after going up with the cable car, is a striking acrobatic course suspended between the century-old beech trees, located at the intermediate station. Also exciting is the 440 meter flight on the Tyrolean traverse, the longest in Switzerland. 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. Fun is guaranteed for children thanks to the innovative playground a few meters away from the high altitude restaurant where you can taste Ticino's traditional cuisine including dishes like the polenta with two cheeses and the stewed tripe.
For two-wheeler enthusiasts there are various other options besides the two classical mountain bike trails. For example the Downhill trail that starts at Alpe Foppa and ends at the intermediate station. This trail was built to host the 2003 Mountain Bike World Cup and for several years it has been chosen for the opening leg of the iXS Swiss Downhill Cup. The Freeride trail represents another option and runs from the intermediate station down to Rivera on a long, thrilling descent of almost 700 meters. Whereas the Bike Park, located between the intermediate cable car station and the north woods, features various artificial courses, gives cyclists the opportunity to perform all sorts of stunts.
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 new modern Splash & Spa, located in Rivera next to the cable car's departure station.