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Hiking Trail

Monte San Giorgio's Geo-Paleontological Path

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  • Geology on Monte San Giorgio
    / Geology on Monte San Giorgio
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  • / Marble quarries, Arzo
    Photo: Ticino Turismo
  • / Fossil - fish from Monte San Giorgio
    Photo: Ticino Turismo
  • / Fossil - reptile from Monte San Giorgio
    Photo: Ticino Turismo
  • / Cable car and view from Serpiano
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  • / Peak of Monte San Giorgio
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  • / Vineyards in Meride
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moderate
12.6 km
4:15 h
439 m
439 m
A circular learning trail covers the complex geo-paleontological history of Monte San Giorgio, a UNESCO world heritage listed site. A visit allows you to discover an amazing lost world dating back more than 200 milion years, with the fossil-finds to date being among the most important in the world. Starting point is the idyllic town of Meride, where a visit to the Fossil Museum is highly recommended. The path starts from the baroque San Silvestro church and takes you through the hamlets of Fontana, Spinirolo and Crocefisso into the Serpiano area. You then take the road leading to the cableway which, from Brusino Arsizio (at 285m) takes you up to Serpiano station (at 650m). You then climb slightly toward an ancient alpage surrounded by centuries-old chestnuts and the alpage of Brusino (673m), where you can enjoy the delights of the historic grotto restaurant. Continue on towards Gaggio (771m). Here you change direction toward Pozzo (812 m) and go down to Albertina, in the Riva S. Vitale area. The itinerary concludes back in Meride. A series of learning panels scattered along the path explain the history of this extraordinary place in detail.

Note(s)
Guided visits are possible.

See also
Mendrisiotto Turismo
Via Lavizzari 2
CH-6850 Mendrisio
Tel: +41 (0)91 641 30 50
Fax: +41 (0)91 641 30 59
E-Mail: info@mendrisiottoturismo.ch
Internet: www.mendrisiottoturismo.ch

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Landscape
Highest point
850 m
Lowest point
494 m

Start

Meride, museum (582 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.890466, 8.953825
UTM
32T 496417 5081878

Turn-by-turn directions

Meride - Spinirolo - Crocifisso - Serpiano - Alpe di Brusino - Pianascio - Pissarda - Albertina - Meride

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.6 km
Duration
4:15 h
Ascent
439 m
Descent
439 m
Loop

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