Valle di Muggio

A cultural cross-border experience in the Mendrisiotto | 3 days

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The Valle di Muggio is a typical Ticino prealpine valley surrounded by the Italian border. In the southernmost tip of Switzerland, the Mendrisiotto. It stretches from the rugged rocky cliffs of Monte Generoso to the rolling hills of Chiasso. Agriculture still characterizes the valley, in the upper part mainly in the form of goat and cow farming and chestnut trees, while further down the vineyards dominate the landscape and are already reminiscent of Tuscany.

Discover the impressive nature, culture and tradition of the Valle di Muggio, accompanied by the Breggia, which rushes through the ancient valley.

Selected hotels ensure good rest and the luggage transport allows to be on the trail with a light daypack.

Highlights of the Valle di Muggio

  • From the starting point on the summit of Monte Generoso, the view sweeps over the Mendrisiotto and Ticino, to the highest 4000-meter peaks of the Monte Rosa massif and far into the Po Valley to Italy
  • Welcome to the Albergo Diffuso in Scudellate, the "scattered" hotel! A unique project that helps the remote mountain village to generate new added value
  • Discover the old mill of Bruzella, where the typical "Rosso del Ticino", the red corn from Ticino, is still ground today
  • Hike along smuggler trails across the nearby border into Italy and listen to the stories of an old "contrabbandiere" (smuggler)
  • Bike and Wine, round off the days with a ride through the vineyards, combined with a visit to the cantina where local winemakers make one of the best Merlot

Hiking and mountain trails, continuous path, little to moderately steep (T1-T2). Some surefootedness required.


Enjoying sporty activity in nature! Tour with some effort and a sweat on the brow from time to time. Do regular sport in preparation.

Hiking time without rests up to 4 hrs, up to approx. 700 m altitude difference.


6-12 guests per hiking guide

Meeting place

10.30 AM Capolago-Riva S. Vitale, train station (train arrival 10.21 AM Capolago-Riva S. Vitale train station)


approx. 4 PM Balerna


Private tours on your desired date we gladly will organize for you. Get in contact with us.

Learn more about the technical and physical requirements.

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Valle di Muggio

3 days
2 possible dates
from 1095.- CHF
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07.06. - 09.06.2024
3 days
Katrin Lüthi
1095.- CHF
04.10. - 06.10.2024
3 days
Katrin Lüthi
1095.- CHF

Day 1 After the welcome in Capolago, the cogwheel railroad, which at 130 years old is the oldest operating steam railroad in Switzerland, takes you to the summit of Monte Generoso. Back then, in the Belle Époque era, the summit was just as fascinating as today with its incredible panorama. However, today the mountain is one attraction richer with the Fiore di Pietra, Mario Botta's impressive stone flower. After the impressive start, the leisurely hike from Bellavista winds its way through the side valleys of the Valle di Muggio, through forests and across meadows to Roncapiano and Scudellate. The mountain village, which clings to the uppermost slopes of the Muggio Valley, is threatened by emigration. The Albergo Diffuso project is working to counteract this. Overnight accommodation is now offered in various houses scattered throughout the village, which are managed centrally. - A special experience that generates welcome added value. The evening is rounded off with a delicious Ticino "z'Nacht" in the Osteria Manciana. (Walking time without rests: 2.5 h, distance: 6.1 km, ascent/descent: 160/480 altitude meters).

Day 2 Directly from Scudellate, past a roccoli, a bird-catching tower, and along smugglers' paths, today's hike leads across the border into Italy. At the border post, old stories of the cat and mouse game between the carabinieri and contrabandiere are refreshed before the tour loops back into Switzerland to the Passo Bonello. Now follows the descent over a lonely mountain ridge to Cabbio, where the Casa Cotoni stands next to a graa, a typical chestnut-smoking house. It is one of the most important buildings in the valley and is now home to the Museo Etnografico, which introduces visitors to the special world of the Valle di Muggio. And by the way, a gruesome story is told about Cetto, which lies hidden in the forest below this lonely range of hills. A noisy ghost is said to have lived there at the beginning of the 20th century. Nobody can say today what actually happened back then. But the haunting has died down, at least according to the people in the valley. And so it's back to Scudellate on the terrace of the Osteria Manciana, from where you can gaze out over the valley and enjoy a sip of white wine and a slice of Zincarlin, the region's special cheese. (Walking time without rests: 3.30 h, distance: 9.7 km, ascent/descent: 590/830 altitude meters).

Day 3 Today's tour starts in Muggio, the main town in the valley. Incidentally, the name of the village means pile and presumably refers to the appearance of the village, whose houses are piled together like a heap of stones on the hillside. The path continues along the cool course of the Breggia river to the Bruzella mill. It rattles and creaks, the water wheel starts to turn and the mill begins to grind the Rosso del Ticino, the typical red corn as it did in ancient times. Later, the hike ends in the village of Bruzella. At the end, you get on the red bikes from Bike and Wine, old "re-Cycle" bikes that find a second life here and take you through the vineyards down into the valley. Of course, a stop at the cantina, stories from the winegrowers about Merlot and a sip to taste are a must before the tour through the Valle di Muggio ends in Balerna. If you prefer, you can also cover the route by bus instead of by bike. (Walking time without rests: 1.5 h, distance: 3.5 km, ascent/descent: 155/200 altitude meters).

  • Guiding and support by hiking guide
  • Overnight stay with half board: 2x hotel (basis double room)
  • 2x typisches Tessiner Nachtessen
  • Welcome aperitif on day 1
  • Visit the smugglers museum and "contrabbandiere".
  • Visit the Bruzella mill with aperitif
  • Bike and Wine Tasting Tour (visit of local winemakers and their wine cellars with 2 tastings) worth CHF 100.- (you can also participate in the tour without a bike)
  • Luggage transport
  • Ticino Ticket (free travel by train and bus in Ticino and discount on Monte Generoso)
  • Offsetting of CO2 emissions on the tour CHF 10.- (according to myclimate CO2 calculator)
  • Service fee legal travel guarantee (0.25% on offer price)
  • Arrival
  • Transportation (Monte Generoso) approx. CHF 27.- (SBB half fare basis or Ticino Ticket)
  • Snacks and drinks

Additional services:

  • Single room supplement CHF 115.-

Technical equipment
  • Backpack approx. 20-30 l with rain cover
  • Telescopic poles (optional)
  • 1x hardshell jacket (wind- and waterproof)
  • 1x soft shell and/or fleece jacket
  • 1x hiking pants
  • Light waterproof rain pants (e.g. Gore-Tex)
  • T-shirt or shirt
  • Underwear
  • Cap/headband and hat
  • Gloves (wind and water resistant)
  • Functional socks and spare socks
  • Hiking/mountain boots (at least ankle-high, sturdy sole)
  • Clothing and shoes for the evening (accommodation & village life)
  • Personal toiletries, earplugs if necessary
  • Breakfast and dinner at the hotel
  • Tea and lunch must be brought by yourself or can be bought in the hotel/village
  • Snacks (e.g. bars, dried fruits, dried meat)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun and lip cream (SPF 30 or more)
  • Camera and binoculars (optional)
  • Half fare Travelcard (if available)
  • Water bottle
  • Small pharmacy for personal needs
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