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Via Serpiano

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A quiet paved mountain road high above Lago di Lugano runs to a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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4.0

Miles

6.5

KM

Paved Path

2,228' 679 m

High

1,843' 562 m

Low

636' 194 m

Up

251' 77 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

This is a mostly paved road but there isn't much traffic and it passes through a serene forest high above Lago di Lugano (lake). You'll have occasional views of the lake with the pre-Alps in the background, but the real treat is the Rifugio Alpe di Brusino at the end. From here, you can enjoy a great view of the lake 400m (1300 ft) below you while you feast on a hearty, tasty polenta with an appropriate beverage for the way back.

The surface switches from asphalt to forest road about 2/3 of the way just past the Hotel Serpiano.

The area is dominated by Monte San Giorgio (1097 m; 3600 ft), which lies to the east of this trail. Monte San Giorgio is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site because of the exceptional nature of the fossils that have been found in the area.

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Monte San Salvatore and Lago di Lugano
Jan 1, 2018 near Porto C…, IT

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