On Monte Tamaro with children
A day in the mountains of Ticino while staying at the Parco San Marco Resort: Introducing Monte Tamaro!
Monte Tamaro has an altitude of 1962 m, and is located in the triangle between Locarno, Lugano and Bellinzona.
It is the ideal place to spend a day immersed in nature with breathtaking views, various opportunities to play and walks that are also suitable for children.
The starting point is Rivera, the departure point for the cable car that takes you to the summit of Monte Tamaro to Monte Tamaro Park.
As soon as they arrive, children are greeted by a beautiful panoramic playground with a very long slide down the hill (that has to be done at least a dozen times!), a castle to climb and various types of swings.
Next to the playground there are also picnic tables and lawns where you can stretch out and rest while your children play in the beautiful playground.
It will be difficult to take your children away from here, unless you offer them another opportunity for fun: the toboggan run!
You should consider at least one ride on the toboggan on Monte Tamaro: the speed can be adjusted with hand brakes and children can get on from the age of 4 if accompanied by an adult. On the way down, the view of the mountains is spectacular!
Just a few steps away from the beautiful playground is another small play area with swings and a slide located right next to the pond. You will also find the Alpe Foppa restaurant, with its beautiful panoramic terrace, where you can rest before embarking on one of the many hikes that can be done on the mountain.
Even with children it’s possible to walk around and reach the various works of art located in this area, including the Cubo Sospeso (Suspended Cube) - a unique piece by sculptor Jaya Schürch which was placed on the Alpe Foppa in 2008 - and the Madonna del Tamaro - a bronze statue by sculptor Antonio Danzi of Viggiù, placed there in 1985.
And finally, before descending the mountain, we recommend a visit to the splendid Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli: a true marvel of contemporary architecture, built between 1992 and 1996 by Ticino architect Mario Botta. The structure is made of porphyry and offers incredible views from every angle...
A passage to infinity that enchants visitors of all ages, a walk in a surreal atmosphere that culminates in a small terrace with a breathtaking view.
If the children are not yet tired and want to continue playing, we should to point out that - before going back down to the valley - you can stop at the cable car’s intermediate station at the Adventure Park, which offers routes of various types and degrees of difficulty suitable for children from 4 years old and up (under supervision of facilities and parents)
Have fun on Monte Tamaro!