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Monte Tamaro

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Monte Tamaro hosted the European Cycling Championships in October 2020. The local cycling club has experience in hosting such championships.

7 Highlights at Monte Tamaro

  • Since 2014, Monte Tamaro has hosted regular cycling competitions as part of a national race series. This is the Proffix Swiss Bike Cup.
  • Monte Tamaro is a summer mountain: all facilities are open from April to early November.
  • A popular hike leads from Monte Tamaro over several peaks to the neighboring mountain Monte Lema.
  • The church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, built at Alpe Foppa, looks like a massive fortress.
  • From Alpe Foppa a 1.5 hour hike leads to the actual summit of Monte Tamaro
  • 4 artistic sculptures are scattered on Alpe Foppa.
  • A large children's playground with slide and picnic areas is located next to the mountain station.

Alpe Foppa is located at 1530 m above sea level and is the destination of the Monte Tamaro cable car. Just near the top station is the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, built by the famous Ticino architect Mario Botta.

Monte Tamaro is a viewpoint that shows both the highest and the lowest point of Switzerland. The highest point is the Dufourspitze, the lowest point is the Lago Maggiore. If the visibility is good, you can see as far as the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa massif from here.

The summer mountain has beautiful hiking trails and mountain bike routes. Toboggan run, tyrolienne and rope park offer further activities for families and mainly young people.

View (Photo: Monte Tamaro SA)View (Photo: Monte Tamaro SA)
Hiking (Photo: Monte Tamaro SA)Hiking (Photo: Monte Tamaro SA)

Places of interest on Monte Tamaro

On Monte Tamaro you can experience many things. The nature all around can be enjoyed as well as the unique view. The top station as well as the middle station of the aerial tramway are excursion destinations. Here several amusements and activities are waiting for visitors.

Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli

On Monte Tamaro, one building immediately catches your eye when you leave the cable car at the top station. It is the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, built here by Mario Botta. The paintings in the church are by Enzo Cucchi. The apse, painted in intense blue, stands out and has as its theme the offered hands. Twenty-two panels above the windows have Marian motifs.

The church looks like a mighty stone fortress. Since it was built directly on a mountain spur, a viewing platform is integrated. From it, there is a panoramic view that is extraordinary. The church was built from porphyry between 1992 and 1996. Guided tours in D/I/E/F are possible with advance reservation.

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Church (Monte Tamaro SA)Church (Monte Tamaro SA)
Church (Monte Tamaro SA)Church (Monte Tamaro SA)

Alpe Foppa

Alpe Foppa at the top station of the aerial tramway is still an hour and a half hike from the summit. There is also a mountain lake here that can be circumnavigated.

Some artistic sculptures have been placed on Alpe Foppa. These include:

  • Cubo Sospeso (floating cube): this work is by the sculptor Jaya Schürch. It has been on Alpe Foppa since 2008. The cube is made of almost three tons of marble and hangs seemingly without effort in the ropes. The sculpture is intended to show the mystery of gravity.
  • Il Guardiano del tempio (Guardian of the Temple): the sculpture is by Luca Marcionelli. The monolithic totem is 4 meters high; it was placed on Alpe Foppa in 2006. The granite used comes from Castione and Peccia.
  • Madonna con Bambino (Madonna with Child): The bronze statue by the sculptor Antonio Danzi from Viggiù (Italy) is also called "Madonna del Tamaro". It has been standing at the Alpe Foppa restaurant since 1985. On June 12, 1984 this statue was blessed by Pope John Paul II.
  • La Figura che si guarda: The bronze statue was made by the regional artist Ivo Soldini from Ligornetto. It is about 3.50 meters high and was completed in 2014
Cubo Sospeso (Photo: Monte Tamaro SA)Cubo Sospeso (Photo: Monte Tamaro SA)
Guardiano del Tempio (Photo: Monte Tamaro SA)Guardiano del Tempio (Photo: Monte Tamaro SA)

Mountain railroads to Monte Tamaro

At Monte Tamaro there is an aerial tramway that goes up over two sections. The top station is not located at the summit of Monte Tamaro. A hike of about 1.5 hours is required to reach the summit.

Monte Tamaro cable car: Rivera - Piano di Mora - Alpe Foppa

The cable car runs from Rivera (529 m above sea level) to Alpe Foppa (approx. 1530 m above sea level) over two sections. The middle station Piano di Mora leads to the rope park. The Monte Tamaro cabins can transport wheelchairs and baby carriages. They must not be larger than 65cm x 78cm.

Monte Lema cable car: Miglieglia

From Miglieglia the cable car goes to the top of Monte Lema in 10-15 min. There is a hostel with restaurant and terrace and accommodation for up to 30 people.

The cable car is used when walking the trail from Monte Tamaro to Monte Lema. From the valley station in Miglieglia a shuttle bus leaves in the late afternoon to the valley station in Rivera. You can also take the post bus nr. 423 from Miglieglia to Lamone-Cadempino and change there to the post bus nr. 453 to Rivera.

Gondola lift (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)Gondola lift (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)
Monte Lema gondola lift (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)Monte Lema gondola lift (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)

Activities on Monte Tamaro

The Alpe Foppa has a lot of activities to offer: Summer toboggan run, Tyrolienne and children's playground, as well as quite a few hiking trails and bike tours. The mountain lake offers further fun for children.

At the middle station Piano di Mora a rope park provides fun and thrills. The Tamaro Jumping is part of the rope park. There is also an information point with a snack bar here. Wi-Fi can be used free of charge.

Among the most popular summer activities at Monte Tamaro are:

  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking and cycling
  • Paragliding
  • Tyrolienne
  • Summer toboggan run
  • Rope park
  • Children's playground

Hiking around Monte Tamaro

There are 90 kilometers of hiking trails on Monte Tamaro. The following routes are a selection of the most popular hikes.

From Monte Tamaro to Monte Lema

This hike is very popular. From Rivera you take the cable car to Alpe Foppa. The first intermediate destination is the Capanna Tamaro. The path leads over the saddle and is signposted. The hike is not difficult to walk for people with normal physical condition. At the end of the tour you take the Monte Lema cable car down to Miglieglia. A shuttle service connects the two valley stations Miglieglia and Rivera in the late afternoon. This way you can easily get back to the starting point of the hike.

  • 13,1 km
  • 5 hrs.
  • 830 meters of ascent
  • 800 meters of altitude in the descent

From Alpe Foppa to Capanna Tamaro

This short hike is suitable for the whole family. The Capanna Tamaro is a refuge. It was built in 1941 and enlarged in 1988. A sunny terrace and homemade cakes invite you to stay. The path is signposted and goes a bit in the direction of Monte Lema. The way back follows the same route.

  • 5,2 km
  • 2 hrs.
  • 336 meters of ascent and descent

Alpe di Neggia - Monte Tamaro

The trail leads from Alpe di Neggia to Monte Tamaro. The path is well maintained and easy to follow. In the upper part there are several rope belays on the rock.

  • 10,9 km
  • 3:11 hrs.
  • 788 meters in altitude in ascent and descent
Capanna Tamaro (Photo: Monte Tamaro SA)Capanna Tamaro (Photo: Monte Tamaro SA)
High trail to Monte Lema (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)High trail to Monte Lema (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)

Monte Tamaro

From Alpe Foppa you pass the Capanna Tamaro refuge and reach the top of the mountain. The one-way route takes about 1.5 hours.

  • 7,8 km
  • 3 hrs.
  • 554 meters of altitude difference in ascent and descent

Circular hike Alpe Foppa

Starting point for this hike is the toboggan run at Alpe Foppa. A rather flat ascent with a short challenging section leads to Capanna Tamaro. A narrow path then leads steeply down to Alpe Dragno. In this alpine hut cheese is produced and sold. The last section leads as a high-altitude trail back to Alpe Foppa.

  • 6,6 km
  • 2:50 hrs.
  • 492 vertical meters in ascent and descent
Alpe di Neggia (Monte Tamaro SA)Alpe di Neggia (Monte Tamaro SA)
Alpe Foppa circular hike (Monte Tamaro SA)Alpe Foppa circular hike (Monte Tamaro SA)

Mountain biking and cycling

On Monte Tamaro, 70 km of marked routes and a free charging station for e-bikes await you at Alpe Foppa. Here is also available a maintenance station for all mountain bikes.

KtTI Rivera | Monte Tamaro | Carbon Trail | Vira

The 1600 meters of ascent are reduced to 550 meters if you take the cable car to Alpe Foppa. The track on Tamaro and the Carbon Trail in the Gambarogno Valley are the most beautiful parts for a freeride enduristi.

  • 26,2 km
  • 5:30 hrs.
  • 1577 vertical meters ascent
  • 1834 meters of altitude descent

Monte Tamaro - Hills and mountains, rivers and lake

On this route bikers can ride the most fascinating landscapes of the area in a single tour. The hilly area crosses the panoramic mountains of Monte Tamaro and Monte Lema. The rivers and deltas Magliasina and Vedeggio are descended as well as the famous Lake Maggiore, into which they flow. The start is directly at the mountain station on Alpe Foppa. It ends in Rivera at its valley station.

  • 65,6 km
  • 7 hrs.
  • 1120 vertical meters ascent
  • 2184 meters of altitude descent

Monte Tamaro - Up & down to the lake

This route leads gently from the mountain to the valley. The start is directly at the mountain station on Alpe Foppa. The destination is the valley station in Rivera. The route does not follow the official signposts.

  • 49.1 km
  • 5 hrs.
  • 786 vertical meters ascent
  • 1842 meters of altitude descent

Monte Tamaro - On the traces of Lugano Bike

The two last stages of the famous Lugano Bike n. 66 are connected on this tour. Malcantone is a hilly area well suited for mountain bikers.

  • 81,4 km
  • 9 hrs.
  • 1567 meters of ascent
  • 2617 meters of altitude descent
Mountain Bike (Photo: Monte Tamaro SA)Mountain Bike (Photo: Monte Tamaro SA)
Mountain Bike (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)Mountain Bike (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)


On Monte Tamaro there are four possible launch sites and one landing site.

Launch site Alpe Foppa (easy) The launch site is located at N 46°07'00.2″ E 8°53'39.1″ at an altitude of 1,500 meters. The take-off site is reached by the mountain railroad (go down the stairs at the cable car). The flight direction is S/SE.

Launching is possible here (paraglider and delta) from March to November, in the afternoons it can get turbulent.

Launch site Vetta Tamaro (medium) The launch site is located at N 46°06'31.7″ E 8°53'9.4″ at an altitude of 1,840 meters. Reached by taking the cable car and walking for one hour (50 meters from the hut). Launch site is under the antenna. Flying is in the direction of the south.

Can be launched here (paraglider) from March to November.

Launch site Cima di Medeglia (easy) The launch site is located at N 46°07'47.6″ E 8°56'45.3″ at 1,250 meters above sea level opposite Monte Tamaro. For a higher launch site you have to follow the road. The flight direction is S/SW.

Launching is possible here (paraglider and delta) throughout the year, but not during hunting season. Watch out in case of snow.

Decollo Basso launching site (easy) The launch site is located at N 46°06'59.7″ E 8°56'39.8″ at 840 meters above sea level, opposite Monte Tamaro. Park the car in Canedo, continue on foot. The flight direction is SW.

Launching is possible here (paraglider and delta) throughout the year, but not during hunting season. Watch out in case of snow.

Landing field Bironico The landing site is located at N 46°'06'45.2", E 8°55'51.4" at an altitude of 445 meters. It is located at the Rivera exit in the direction of Bironico. The landing site is opposite the gas station. There are no obstacles, landing is very easy. It should be landed only on mowed grass.

Provider of tandem flights in paragliding with professional pilot:

  • Pink Baron
  • Flyticino
  • Paramania
  • Tandem paragliding Ticino
  • Eagletandemfly
 Tandem flying (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA) Tandem flying (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)
 Tandem flying (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA) Tandem flying (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)


The Tyrolienne is located near the top station. At the starting point, there is first a short briefing. Visitors are then secured to the steel cable with a pulley, which is connected to a safety harness. Over a length of about 400 meters, the ride descends into the valley at a speed of up to 60 km/h. The rope pulley is attached to the steel cable. An automatic braking system stops the ride safely at its destination.

Children from the age of 9 are allowed to participate. The maximum weight is 110 kilograms.

Offer at Swiss Activities:

Open from April to the first week of November from 10:30 to 16:40 (in July and August until 17:40).


  • Length: 440 m
  • Average gradient: 10%
  • Height difference: 42 m
  • Maximum speed: 60 km/h
  • Diameter of the steel cable: 14,5 mm
  • Regulations Tyrolienne

Summer toboggan run

Near the top station at Alpe Foppa there is a large summer toboggan run. It is 800 meters long and contains several traffic circles and curves. In the double bob you can reach speeds of up to 50 km/h.

Children from the age of three are allowed to ride with people at least eight years old (at least 1.35m tall).

Offer at Swiss Activities:

The toboggan run is open from April until the end of the first week of November from 9:00 - 16:45. In the months of July and August it is open one hour longer, until 17:45.


  • Track length: 800 meters
  • Height difference: 80 meters
  • Maximum speed: 50 km/h
  • Terms of use
Tyrolienne (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)Tyrolienne (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)
 Summer toboggan run tandem flying (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA) Summer toboggan run tandem flying (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)

Rope park

The rope park has developed over time into an adventure park. Here you can also find the Final Tamaro Jumping. Here you can free fall from a height of about 13 meters.

The rope park itself consists of fixed and movable obstacles stretched through the branches of centuries-old beech trees. For the safety of the guests, a new carabiner system has been introduced. The "Clic-it" prevents simultaneous unhooking from the safety ropes. Safety ropes are located on all courses.

Three courses (mini, medium, large) are tailored to the minimum age of the participants. Each course, in turn, consists of a large variety of exercises. In total there are 63 obstacles with different levels of difficulty for the whole family.

Parcours large

It is open to people who are at least 140 cm tall and 9 years old. Different levels of difficulty, which gradually increase, are mastered here. The course leads through the entire forest. The crowning glory is the Final Tamaro Jumping with free fall from a height of about 13 meters.

Course medium

This course can be used by children with a height between 120 cm and 150 cm and from the 7th birthday. It brings mainly safety exercises with exercises at a height of three to eight meters. At the end of the course, daredevils can still master a level "Extreme".

Course mini

Children from the age of 4 may participate if they are not taller than 130 cm. The course is exclusively for children and brings the exercises of the higher courses at a height of about one meter. The different levels of difficulty can thus be practiced and mastered even by the youngest.

Offer at Swiss Activities:

Last access to the courses from April to the end of the first week of November:

  • large 14:30 (July/August 15:30)
  • medium 15:30 (July/August 16:30)
  • mini 15:30 (July/August 16:30)
Rope Park (Monte Tamaro SA)Rope Park (Monte Tamaro SA)
Rope Park (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)Rope Park (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)

Children's playground

The large children's playground is located in the immediate vicinity of the Alpe Foppa restaurant. It is open from the beginning of April until after the first week of November. In addition to a large slide, there are swings, climbing equipment and small slides. Several picnic benches and tables are located within the area. The entrance is allowed for children from 3 years old under the supervision of parents.

Playground (Photo: Monte Tamaro SA)Playground (Photo: Monte Tamaro SA)
Playground (Photo: Ticino Tourist Agency ATT SA)Playground (Photo: Ticino Tourist Agency ATT SA)

Events at Monte Tamaro

Monte Tamaro regularly hosts cycling competitions organized by the Monte Tamaro Veloclub. in 2020, a European championship was even held here. Corporate events and team building are also offered at Monte Tamaro.

For the restaurant Alpe Foppa can be booked combination tickets of the mountain railroad and the menu of the day or a brunch. An aperitif with local specialties is offered at a reasonable price on weekdays and the brunch to go on Sundays. includes a table reservation on the lounge overlooking the sun terrace for 4 to 10 people.

Events and events on art and culture are for example:

Live Music on Sundays with Ciro Annovazzi is a regular event presented on the terrace of the Alpe Foppa Restaurant (even daily from 01 to 15 August 2021).

The sculptures on Alpe Foppa or the mighty church designed by Mario Botta on Alpa Foppa also often serve as an impressive backdrop for events.

Bergrun Tamaro Vertical

Tamaro Vertikal is a Bergrun organized by Amiconi Consulting Sa. You can register on the website Tamaro Vertikal. The first event took place on 20 June 2021.

The race started at the Splash & Spa parking lot in Rivera at about 480 meters above sea level. It went up through the forest and over Alpe Foppa for about 1,150 meters in altitude. The whole course was 7.4 km long. The next race is scheduled for Sunday 21 May 2022.

Monte Tamaro: mountain houses, huts and restaurants

On Monte Tamaro there is the mountain restaurant Alpa Foppa and the refuge Capanna Tamaro.

Alpe Foppa

The Alpe Foppa mountain restaurant is located at 1530 meters above sea level and was renovated in the winter of 2020/2021. It offers various menus Ticino specialties and also has a bistro. There are a total of 400 seats. The self-service restaurant with sun terrace offers affordable aperitifs on weekdays. Banquets, buffets and aperitifs can be provided for up to 250 people. Meeting rooms are also available.

In addition, there is a kiosk and a snack bar at Alpe Foppa. A buvette is available in the rope park.

Capanna Tamaro

The Capanna del Tamaro hut is a UTOE refuge. It is located at an altitude of 1,870 m on the Trodo Valley. It stands on the ridge that connects the Duragno Valley with the Trodo Valley. The refuge is about one kilometer from Monte Tamaro. The house is an old military building from 1914, which has been modernized several times. The hut is opened by a guard from June to the end of October and is closed in winter.

Restaurant Alpe Foppa (Photo: Monte Tamaro SA)Restaurant Alpe Foppa (Photo: Monte Tamaro SA)
Alpe Foppa Restaurant (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)Alpe Foppa Restaurant (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)

Climate and weather at Monte Tamaro

Monte Tamaro is located between the mountain station and the summit at an altitude of 1530 to 1961 m. Most activities take place at Alpe Foppa. Here the average daily temperatures between April and November reach a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 18 °C. The lowest temperatures reach an average of between zero and 10 °C at night during this period.

On Monte Tamaro, a light wind blows all year round, up to about 17 km/h. The highest precipitation falls in the months of April, October and November. In November, an average of just under 200 mm/m2 is reached.

Summer toboggan run (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)Summer toboggan run (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)
Tyrolienne (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)Tyrolienne (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)

Monte Tamaro: location and approach

Monte Tamaro stands above the town of Rivera in the canton of Ticino. It is located near the northeastern Lake Maggiore.

The approach by car is via the A2 freeway. Here you take the Rivera exit. It is only 200 m away from the valley station of the mountain railroad. You can park directly at the valley station.

The regional train Bellinzona - Lugano will leave at the station Rivera Bironico. From here it is a 300 m walk to the valley station of the gondola.