Where to Go for Spring Hiking In Ticino
We start in Ticino, an Italian-speaking canton in the South of Switzerland, which is the first one to meet spring.
Hiking season in Ticino lasts from March till the end of November.
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For its southern location and mild climate Ticino is often called “a sunny side of Switzerland”. Ticino offers hiking routes through mountain valleys, lush gardens, alpine pastures, sparkling lakes and unique glaciers. One of most popular trails goes from Mount Tamaro to Mount Lema.
This 13km trail links two mangnificent peaks at the Swiss-Italian border. Hiking at Tamaro-Lema trail will take around 5 hours. It is quite challenging but worth all your efforts. To prepare you need to have an initial level of sport training. So our recommendation is to go to fitness first. Take a good reserve of water and prepare proper mountain clothing and hiking boots.
To start you need to go to Alpe Foppa by a cableway from Rivera. It is easily accessible either by car or by bus. In the beginning you will be able to see Santa Maria degli Angeli, a church designed by Architect Mario Botta in 1990s. From there you hike up to the peak of Monte Tamaro. The ascent takes around an hour and you will be able to see Lake Lugano and Lake Maggiore on the other.
On the way to Mount Tamaro you can refresh at Capanna Tamaro mountain hut. They offer drinks and home made cakes. Then continue to Monte Gradiccioli and after to Mount Lema, through the slopes, bloom fields and pastures with alpine flowers, cows and goats.
Going from the North you can see spectacular views of Lake Maggiore, Centovalli, Verzasca Valley and famous James Bond’s Dam, Maggia Valley, Locarno and Bellinzona. In the South you can admire Lake Ceresio and Lugano with its valleys. Besides, Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn are also visible from far away.
By Kristina Pominova for SUISSEPIC