Gondola ride to a hiking area, viewing point and the famous Santa Maria degli Angeli church.
How to get there and how to find your way.
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What is Monte Tamaro?
Monte (Mount) Tamaro is a peak east of Lake Maggiore in the Swiss canton of Ticino. Its altitude is 1,962 m. The place you can reach by a gondola is Alpe Foppa at an altitude of 1,530 m.
We think this an attraction that might be overlooked by quite some tourists as it is not in one of the well known towns in the area. However, it is easy to reach and well worth a visit.
Activities at Monte Tamaro
The place you'll reach by gondola is Alpe Foppa. This is what to expect there:
- A panoramic view of countless mountains and the town of Bellinzona in the valley;
- The Santa Maria degli Angeli church designed by Mario Botta. This is one of most famous churches in the canton of Ticino, along with the Madonna del Sasso. The roof is accessible so you can enjoy the view from there;
- There are various hiking options in summer. A very scenic one is the one hour walk up to the Capanna Tamaro, a hut on the trail to the actual peak of Monte Tamaro. The hut at 1,878 m offers a restaurant (with meals on request) and one can also sleep there. There is a 360° view of the entire region. Unlike the view from Alpe Foppa, you can also see Lake Maggiore and Locarno from here. Note that the trail is on a north-facing slope so it can be snow covered well into spring;
- Other sports options like mountain biking and paragliding.
Check the weather forecast so you can estimate if it's worth going up. If the mountain is covered in clouds you will not be able to see the views. Dress in multiple thinner layers so that you can adapt to the different temperatures in the valley and up the mountain. It can be windy at the top. Take along sun glasses. Hiking shoes are required if you plan to leave the area around the cable car station to go hiking.
Allow at least an hour at Alpe Foppa. This does not include the time to get there. A full day can be spent here if you take your time and go for a hike as well.