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Variante Monte Generoso - Gianola Trail

The first Alpine trail in the Sottoceneri area. The Variante Monte Generoso, also known as the Gianola Trail, has been restored to its former glory. Make the most of it to explore the spectacular scenery, taking in the evocative towers of stratified rock that emerge from the western slopes of the mountain. If you’re an expert hiker, this is a great way to climb up to the “Fiore di Pietra” and the peak of Monte Generoso.

A trail for expert hikers that starts in Rovio and becomes steeper and steeper, climbing right up to the peak. A wonderful way to discover this mountain's most spectacular Alpine side.

After crossing through the town of Rovio, it begins to ascend towards Pioda along a cobbled road that runs along the western slopes of Monte Generoso and was built during the war. A slight diversion here will take you to the famous Buco della Sovaglia, the source of the river of the same name.

The trail with its blue and white markers, the official Alpine colours, travels around hairpin bends as it climbs up through the dense woodland to the Perostabbio Refuge. From this point onwards, the path becomes more challenging and hazardous, scaling the height of 1200 metres up to the peak.

Descent and return to Rovio via the easier route through Bellavista and the Alpe di Melano (please note: it is not possible to follow the Alpine trail back down to Rovio from the peak).

You must be sure-footed and equipped with suitable mountaineering equipment. Only for expert hikers (it includes dangerous sections, with some rock-climbing involved). Not recommended for those who suffer from vertigo.

Please check the weather forecast before setting out.


  • Waterproof clothing, light and warm
  • Hiking boots
  • Gloves, sun cap, change of clothes
  • Backpack maximum 5-8 kg
  • First aid kit with penknife
  • Torch, sunglasses, sun cream, water-bottle
  • Hiking map/topographic map
  • Camera
  • Food

Montagnepulite: This project was born to promote an effective management and sustainable use of mountain huts in Ticino, and in particular the litter management. The responsible management of litter in the mountains is a matter of common sense. We can all contribute: https://www.montagnepulite.ch/en/golden-rules

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