Monte San Giorgio

Immerse yourself in the charms of a lost world that dates back over 200 million years. UNESCO World Heritage site Monte San Giorgio awaits you.

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A child in the search for fossils on Monte San Giorgio. Copyright: Ticino Turismo, Loreta Daulte
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Monte San Giorgio

The Fossil Museum of the Monte San Giorgio is located in Meride, near the stop “Meride, Paese”. In this interactive museum, you can admire fossils and fingerprints from 230 million years ago and immerse yourself in the reality of a lost world.

Meride is the starting point of the Monte San Giorgio geopalaeontological educational trail, which enables you to discover the geological and natural characteristics of one of the world’s most important fossil sites. A series of explanatory boards along the circular path illustrates the history of this extraordinary place.

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4 hrs 30 mins

Difficulty level



13.5 km

Altitude difference

630 m uphill / 630 m downhill

Outward journey

PostBus stop “Meride, Paese”

Return journey

PostBus stop “Meride, Paese”

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On your way home, make sure you stop at Tremona to find out what life was like in a mediaeval village.

Tremona-Castello Archaeological Park

Just a few minutes’ walk from the stop “Tremona, Gurnaga”, you will find the Tremona-Castello Archaeological Park.

This park was created from the ruins of the buildings uncovered on the site. Through a route brought to life by explanatory panels, the park offers a detailed reconstruction of the history and daily life of this rural mediaeval village.

Thanks to 3D glasses, which can be rented from the information point at the park entrance, you can enter and explore the buildings in the settlement. Ten aspects of everyday life are reconstructed, each of which represents an activity within the village, such as life at home and in the blacksmith’s workshop.

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