Mendrisiotto, a heart of stone.

Come and discover a region where architecture knows not only how to perfectly combine tradition and innovation, but art and industrial archaeology too. Whether you’re a dreamer or a  pragmatist, Mendrisiotto has plenty to satisfy your personal aesthetic. Discover an area that many artists like to call home.

Parco delle Gole della Breggia
Museo Vincenzo Vela, Ligornetto
Spazio Officina, Chiasso
Chiesa Rossa, Castel San Pietro

The Mendrisiotto area gave birth to great architects, whose works are appreciated all over the world.

First a plasterer and stonemason, then an engineer and architect, Carlo Maderno left his home town of Capolago in 1576 to move to Rome and carry out some of the most important architectural works in the Vatican.

Discover the marvellous shapes of the numerous buildings designed by Mario Botta
and visit his Academy in Mendrisio. Museums, churches and palaces:
his signature is unmistakable. Not had the chance yet to see the Teatro dell’Architettura?
It’s creating quite a stir, don’t miss it!

Afterwards, why not explore Arzo’s marble quarries? The most ancient quarries in Ticino are now no longer worked commercially and have become a real monument to our ancestors’ work. A place where past, present and future
can be explored by the entire family.

Soak up the atmosphere of the region’s architectural delights.

Get inspired...