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Eremo San Nicolao

About 5 km from Mendrisio, going up towards Monte Generoso, you reach this ancient grotto which is an integral part of the Eremo di San Nicolao. The main characteristic of this grotto is that it is located on a cliff about 300 m above Mendrisio. Its unmissable view sweeps over the whole of Mendrisiotto and the Alpine panorama extends as far as the Monte Rosa mountain range.

The Grotto Eremo San Nicolao offers a simple and homemade cuisine, but very tasty, prepared with typical products of the region. The chef proposes: cheese from the Valle di Muggio, local cheese and salami, minestrone, polenta, risotto, uccelli scappati, ossobuco, rabbit, mushrooms and homemade desserts.

The grotto has two internal rooms and a terrace. The terrace has 50 seats and divides the grotto from the little church dedicated to S. Nicolao. The hall on the ground floor can accommodate up to 24 people, while the one on the upper floor has only 16 seats, but has a memorable view of the Mendrisiotto and the Alps.

In addition to the 2 small rooms we have a wine cellar in the heart of the mountain. A magical location where you can taste local wines, beers and cold cuts.

In summer there is also the possibility to use the renovated garden where you can enjoy barbecues and aperitifs.

Accessibility Services
This cultural/tourist point of interest took part in the digital data mapping project on accessibility by Pro Infirmis. The project was carried out with the collaboration and support of Ticino Turismo, the four regional tourist organisations and the Department of Education, Culture and Sport.

All information on the accessibility of the partner in question can be found on the following page.


  • Timetable Monday: Chiuso/Geschlossen/Closed/Fermé
    Tuesday: 10:00 - 14:30
    Wednesday: 10:00 - 14:30
    Thursday: 10:00 - 23:00
    Friday: 10:00 - 23:00
    Saturday: 10:00 - 23:00
    Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
  • TYPE OF VENUE Grotto
  • TYPE OF CUISINE Ticinese
  • ASSOCIATIONS AND CATEGORIES GastroSuisse , GastroTicino
  • LOCATION In the mountains , Quiet , Panoramic view
  • GUIDES Michelin
  • SERVICES Main credit cards accepted , Animals allowed
  • VENUES Suitable for families , Private parking , Balcony