3 North-South Route
3 North-South Route

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North-South Route

Stage 7, Bellinzona–Agno

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North-South Route

As you ascend Monte Ceneri, it's worth looking down occasionally at the vegetable gardens of the Magadino Plain and Lake Maggiore. The little Vedeggio river, cruelly forced to follow a straight course, is surrounded by industry, motorways, the airport, Malcantone and Lugano.
Nestled between the Castelgrande and Montebello fortresses, Bellinzona's inner city still retains its Lombard character today. Handsome 18th-century townhouses with arcades and wrought-iron balconies, surrounded by welcoming cafés and restaurants, make a stroll through the old town into a real experience. Half of Bellinzona's population meets up at the highly colourful weekly market every Saturday. A climb up to the castles of Sasso Corbaro, Montebello and Castelgrande plunges you back into the Middle Ages. Together with the Murata defensive wall (part of the fortifications), the three castles belong to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first settlement on Castelgrande hill dates back to the Neolithic period (5500-5000 B.C.).

Leaving the city, you reach the northern periphery of Giubiasco and the river Ticino. It flows straight towards Lake Maggiore, while cyclists wind their way across the fertile Magadino Plain. Tomatoes, lettuces and sweet melons are just a few of the crops grown in this farming region. It is not only the many horses in this district that may remind you of the Camargue in France. There are also numerous marshes that have become a paradise for nature lovers. Guided tours afford fascinating insights into a plant and animal kingdom that is still largely wild.

Riding on Monte Ceneri is also a wild experience – luckily, the cycle lane is wide! There is a stench of exhaust and rubber as trucks and other heavies roar past you. Now and then, it's worth looking down at the Magadino Plain, Lake Maggiore, Tenero and Locarno, and the undulating valleys of the Verzasca and Maggia rivers. At the top of the Monte Ceneri pass, a commemorative plaque recalls the deceased racing cyclists from Ticino. Neat villages and interesting children's drawings painted on concrete make your progress easier and more agreeable, even though the landscape is sometimes dominated by industry and cars. The river Vedeggio is anything but dominant: in fact, maybe we should call it a stream? It emerges from the Val d‘Isone and cyclists meet it at Camignolo. It flows sedately past Lugano-Agno airport and, like the cyclists, looks forward to reaching beautiful Lake Lugano.
As you ascend Monte Ceneri, it's worth looking down occasionally at the vegetable gardens of the Magadino Plain and Lake Maggiore. The little Vedeggio river, cruelly forced to follow a straight course, is surrounded by industry, motorways, the airport, Malcantone and Lugano.
Nestled between the Castelgrande and Montebello fortresses, Bellinzona's inner city still retains its Lombard character today. Handsome 18th-century townhouses with arcades and wrought-iron balconies, surrounded by welcoming cafés and restaurants, make a stroll through the old town into a real experience. Half of Bellinzona's population meets up at the highly colourful weekly market every Saturday. A climb up to the castles of Sasso Corbaro, Montebello and Castelgrande plunges you back into the Middle Ages. Together with the Murata defensive wall (part of the fortifications), the three castles belong to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first settlement on Castelgrande hill dates back to the Neolithic period (5500-5000 B.C.).

Leaving the city, you reach the northern periphery of Giubiasco and the river Ticino. It flows straight towards Lake Maggiore, while cyclists wind their way across the fertile Magadino Plain. Tomatoes, lettuces and sweet melons are just a few of the crops grown in this farming region. It is not only the many horses in this district that may remind you of the Camargue in France. There are also numerous marshes that have become a paradise for nature lovers. Guided tours afford fascinating insights into a plant and animal kingdom that is still largely wild.

Riding on Monte Ceneri is also a wild experience – luckily, the cycle lane is wide! There is a stench of exhaust and rubber as trucks and other heavies roar past you. Now and then, it's worth looking down at the Magadino Plain, Lake Maggiore, Tenero and Locarno, and the undulating valleys of the Verzasca and Maggia rivers. At the top of the Monte Ceneri pass, a commemorative plaque recalls the deceased racing cyclists from Ticino. Neat villages and interesting children's drawings painted on concrete make your progress easier and more agreeable, even though the landscape is sometimes dominated by industry and cars. The river Vedeggio is anything but dominant: in fact, maybe we should call it a stream? It emerges from the Val d‘Isone and cyclists meet it at Camignolo. It flows sedately past Lugano-Agno airport and, like the cyclists, looks forward to reaching beautiful Lake Lugano.
37 km
Asphalted: 32 km
Natural surface: 5 km
480 m | 420 m
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Arrival / return travel Bellinzona
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Traffic volume
Beware: busy main road (pass) Cadenazzo–Monte Ceneri. Alternative: load on train, please note rail recommendation No. 35.
Transport Monte Ceneri Tunnel
35
Transport Monte Ceneri Tunnel
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Giubiasco–Rivera-Bironico
Reason: metres in height saved: approx. 340m.
Cycle transport: «Ceneri-Bici» ticket available at the automatic distribution machines in Giubiasco and Rivera-Bironico.
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Accommodation

Hotel Bellinzona Sud
Hotel Bellinzona Sud
Monte Carasso
Ostello per la Gioventù Bellinzona
Ostello per la Gioventù Bellinzona
Bellinzona
Camping Bellinzona
Camping Bellinzona
Bellinzona
Capanna Cremorasco
Capanna Cremorasco
Camorino
Capanna Genzianella
Capanna Genzianella
Giubiasco
Capanna Mognone
Capanna Mognone
Sementina
Capanna Orino
Capanna Orino
Gudo
Hotel Internazionale
Hotel Internazionale
Bellinzona
Hotel Unione
Hotel Unione
Bellinzona
Capanna Pianturin
Capanna Pianturin
Cadenazzo
B&B Barbara Pongelli
B&B Barbara Pongelli
Rivera
Capanna Tamaro
Capanna Tamaro
Rivera
Capanna Ginestra
Capanna Ginestra
Agno
Hotel Tesserete
Hotel Tesserete
Tesserete
Hotel Vezia
Hotel Vezia
Vezia
Kurhaus Cademario Hotel & Spa
Kurhaus Cademario Hotel & Spa
Cademario
Ostello per la Gioventù Lugano-Savosa
Ostello per la Gioventù Lugano-Savosa
Savosa
Guesthouse Lugano Center
Guesthouse Lugano Center
Lugano
Albergo Acquarello
Albergo Acquarello
Lugano
Albergo Delfino
Albergo Delfino
Lugano
Hotel City Lugano
Hotel City Lugano
Lugano
Hotel Pestalozzi Lugano
Hotel Pestalozzi Lugano
Lugano
International au Lac Historic Lakeside Hotel
International au Lac Historic Lakeside Hotel
Lugano
TCS Camping Lugano
TCS Camping Lugano
Muzzano
Centro Magliaso
Centro Magliaso
Magliaso
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Bookable offers

3 North-South Route Basel-Chiasso
3 North-South Route Basel-Chiasso
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Places

Bellinzona
Bellinzona
Medeglia
Medeglia
Rivera
Rivera
Monte Tamaro
Monte Tamaro
Tesserete
Tesserete
Lugano
Lugano
Agno
Agno
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Places of interest

Teatro Sociale
Teatro Sociale
The 3 Unesco castles of Bellinzona
The 3 Unesco castles of Bellinzona
Mount Pioda’s chestnut grove
Mount Pioda’s chestnut grove
Monte Tamaro
Monte Tamaro
Tesserete–Bigorio–Santa Maria Convento
Tesserete–Bigorio–Santa Maria Convento
Alpe Agra - Alto Malcantone
Alpe Agra - Alto Malcantone
San Salvatore
San Salvatore
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Swimming

Splash & Spa Tamaro
Splash & Spa Tamaro
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Signalization

Signalization
For cycling, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
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