The theme of this itinerary is the relationship between viticulture and the territory. Environmental characteristics and favourable climatic conditions with the right ratio of sun and rain made the Mendrisiotto an ideal area for viticulture. This third route dedicated to Merlot takes stretches from the plain of the Laveggio to the slopes of Monte San Giorgio. Crossing the border towards Clivio, in nearby Italy, it goes through hilly landscapes where grape reigns unquestionably supreme. All villages on this versant of Mendrisiotto are touched by this itinerary: small hamlets that preserve a great artistic wealth, an expression of the remarkable abilities conquered by the craftsmen of these lands, the unveiling of which keeps up with that of the territory; secluded spots where the stones of the terracings merge with those of the houses, and where some traditional activities, such as the quarrying and working of stone, are still alive. A path full of charm, but also long and demanding, which can however be enjoyed also in stages, using the existing, well articulated excursion-network.
Note(s) Guided tours on request
See also Mendrisiotto Turismo Via Lavizzari 2 CH-6850 Mendrisio Tel: +41 91 641 30 50 Fax: +41 91 641 30 59 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: www.mendrisiottoturismo.ch
Rancate, church (355 m)
32T 497485 5079794
Rancate - Besazio - Tremona - Meride - Arzo - Clivio - San Pietro - Rancate
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