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    Your favourite destination
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Mountain Bike

Starting at Bellavista, bikers ride along the track through a beautiful, shady beech forest until they reach the cantonal road leading to Capolago, which takes them past the art museum and the traditional wine cellars of Mendrisio. 

Note: Mountain bikes are not allowed on the “Nature Trail”. Walking route: “Bellavista – Vetta – Bellavista”



Paragliding is one of the most exciting experiences, especially when doing it above a landscape like Monte Generoso. Both routes allow you to admire the enchanting Lake Lugano region and the Alpine chain. With an elevation of 1704 m, the mountain and surrounding terrain are truly generous.

In fact, from this altitude you can fly north toward Mount Boglia and continue on to Sopraceneri or head south and reach Mount Cornizzolo in Italy. If you do not want to go very far, you can still enjoy the descent to Dosso Bello (1036 m) and follow Monte Caviano back to the peak if you can successfully clear Monte Bisbino (1325 m).

Tandem flight with passenger
Imagine flying in the sky above civilization, your lungs full of fresh air and enjoying breathtaking views in a totally safe way! A tandem paragliding flight from Monte Generoso is the perfect activity for families and also for children! There are no age limitations for flying, nor any special requirements. You only need a little bit of curiosity and enthusiasm! Tandem paragliding flights with tandem pilots can be organized every day of the week (weather permitting).

For more information:
Team Volo Libero:
Voli biposto parapendio Ticino:

The take-off point is reached by walking a few minutes from "Fiore di pietra" toward the southwest on a marked trail. There are two take-off points (indicated by a windsock) in:

  • a pine forest
  • the Clericetti area leading up to the summit

The official landing area is on the two football fields next to Riva San Vitale’s new sports center, on the condition that there are no sports activities taking place. However, there is another landing area that is always accessible between the gym and the new field. Here there are no noteworthy obstacles. It is about a five minute walk from the landing area back to the Monte Generoso Railway.

It is also possible to land at Mendrisio San Martino in the large terrace near the church. From there you can get to the Mendrisio San Martino train station in a few minutes.

Attention: Wind in the valley can be very strong, especially during spring and summer, and so it may not be possible to reach the landing point. There are two weather stations for obtaining weather conditions in real time:

The "Via Ferrata"

Are you up for a sporting challenge? If so, the Via Ferrata route is ideal for you! The climbing route is secured by steel ropes in some places and equipped with ladders in others. Mountain lovers will find a perfect middle ground here between hiking and climbing. Suitable for adults and youngs. The Via Ferrata starts at an altitude of 1,704 metres and takes about three hours to complete. Sure-footedness and a head for heights are required to do this route and to enjoy the fantastic mountain panorama.

Route information:
From the arrival station on the summit, follow the indication signs to Lanzo d'Intelvi. After about 15 minutes walking you will see the pole with the indication of the way to follow. In a few minutes you reach the ferrata beginning. A sheathed steel cable climbs on the rock to the right up to a short, slightly overhanging staircase that allows you to overcome the first prominence. 


You descend a little jump with the help of a chain and you face the key point of the ferrata: two long ladders interspersed with an exposed crosspiece and without artificial supports. After passing this vertiginous but easy passage, you will follow, always assisted by a cable running, a short section first uphill and then downhill. You arrive at the foot of a sort of plate-dihedral about ten meters high. You win it easily enough, also facilitated by the few artificial and natural steps. Then continue for easy rocks until you reach a well-stepped ramp. You climb this little wall and with fun and safe climbing you come close to a short wooden bridge suspended in the air. From here you can reach the top of Monte Generoso, practically walking with one foot in Italy and one in Switzerland.

Climbing equipment: We do not provide climbing or hiking boots, helmets, harnesses and carabiners.