Sentiero Caprino-Cantine di Gandria
Sentiero Caprino-Cantine di Gandria

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Sentiero Caprino-Cantine di Gandria

Sentiero Caprino-Cantine di Gandria

Caprino–Cantine di Gandria

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Sentiero Caprino-Cantine di Gandria

Sentiero Caprino-Cantine di Gandria

A hiking tour between lake and mountains in close contact with nature. At the foot of Monte Caprino the trail leads up and down through the forest and along the Lake of Lugano. Don’t forget to stop at the typical grottoes to taste Ticino specialties and also plan a visit to the Customs Museum in Cantine di Gandria.
Attention: The signposting with the SwitzerlandMobility route number will not be ready until the 2021 season. This is a consequence of the Corona pandemic.

This popular walking trail between steep cliffs and the lake shore connects Caprino and Cantine di Gandria and offers views of the Lake of Lugano and the mountains. Traveling to the start of the trail is already an experience. The most convenient way to reach the village at the foot of Monte Caprino is to hop on a boat in Lugano.

The path leads uphill through the forest to Cantine di Caprino. The typical “cantine” were once used by the locals to store salami, cheese and wine. The trail then continues up and down along the tree-lined shore. On the opposite side you see the bay of Lugano, the villages of Castagnola and Gandria, with the small village of Brè perched above. Some of the characteristic grottoes where typical Ticino specialties are served are scattered along the route. Grotto dei Pescatori is one of them. A little later Val Ruina branches off to the south. This area used to be crisscrossed by smuggler’s trails.

The Swiss Customs Museum in Cantine di Gandria on the border to Italy is dedicated to the fight against smuggling. It explains the work of the customs office and the function of border and border guards, then and now. Old furnishings of a customs office and items involving smuggling, drug investigations as well as counterfeiting and forgery are part of the permanent exhibit. The garden contains reproductions of boundary stones from various parts of the country and there are several grottoes nearby, which make pleasant places to unwind. The boat takes you to Gandria on the opposite side of the lake. Before returning to Lugano – by boat, bus or by taking an enjoyable footpath – a stop in the border village is a good idea. The centre of Gandria with its narrow lanes, stairs and houses decorated with frescoes and stuccos is an unforgettable sight.
A hiking tour between lake and mountains in close contact with nature. At the foot of Monte Caprino the trail leads up and down through the forest and along the Lake of Lugano. Don’t forget to stop at the typical grottoes to taste Ticino specialties and also plan a visit to the Customs Museum in Cantine di Gandria.
Attention: The signposting with the SwitzerlandMobility route number will not be ready until the 2021 season. This is a consequence of the Corona pandemic.

This popular walking trail between steep cliffs and the lake shore connects Caprino and Cantine di Gandria and offers views of the Lake of Lugano and the mountains. Traveling to the start of the trail is already an experience. The most convenient way to reach the village at the foot of Monte Caprino is to hop on a boat in Lugano.

The path leads uphill through the forest to Cantine di Caprino. The typical “cantine” were once used by the locals to store salami, cheese and wine. The trail then continues up and down along the tree-lined shore. On the opposite side you see the bay of Lugano, the villages of Castagnola and Gandria, with the small village of Brè perched above. Some of the characteristic grottoes where typical Ticino specialties are served are scattered along the route. Grotto dei Pescatori is one of them. A little later Val Ruina branches off to the south. This area used to be crisscrossed by smuggler’s trails.

The Swiss Customs Museum in Cantine di Gandria on the border to Italy is dedicated to the fight against smuggling. It explains the work of the customs office and the function of border and border guards, then and now. Old furnishings of a customs office and items involving smuggling, drug investigations as well as counterfeiting and forgery are part of the permanent exhibit. The garden contains reproductions of boundary stones from various parts of the country and there are several grottoes nearby, which make pleasant places to unwind. The boat takes you to Gandria on the opposite side of the lake. Before returning to Lugano – by boat, bus or by taking an enjoyable footpath – a stop in the border village is a good idea. The centre of Gandria with its narrow lanes, stairs and houses decorated with frescoes and stuccos is an unforgettable sight.
5 km | 1 Stage
240 m | 240 m
1 h 30 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Caprino
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Season

Season
This proposal is valid only from the beginning of April to the end of October.

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Surface/foundation
Caution: Suitable footwear is necessary. Landslides are possible.
Hint
The path should only be taken in stable weather because of the danger of rockfall and landslides. In case of heavy rain the footpath has to be considered closed between San Rocco and Landessa.
Hint
For the boat’s schedule and stops check the "Lugano – Museo delle Culture – Museo Doganale – Gandria" Line on the website of the “Società di Navigazione del Lago di Lugano”.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Museo doganale svizzero
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Contact

Ticino Turismo
Via Canonico Ghiringhelli 7
6500 Bellinzona
Tel. +41 (0)91 825 70 56
info@ticino.ch
www.ticino.ch

Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization