Nestled in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland and conveniently located near the Italian border, Hotel Serpiano is the perfect place to stay for a getaway weekend or a few nights' stay during your travels. Surrounded by nature and only 15 minutes away from the Mendrisio city center, there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy at our scenic hotel.
Mountains, vineyards, lakes, culture and history… discover the southeast part of Switzerland while staying at Hotel Serpiano!
Reach Lake Lugano within a few minutes, by using our private cable car.
Located 1km from the hotel and reachable with a walk through the woods or by car, the cable car takes just 4 minutes to reach the village of Serpiano Brusino Arsizio.
There are two cabins with a capacity of 10 people each, or 3 people with their bicycles.
The lower station is located a few steps from the lake and our own private jetty, which you can use to take boat trips across and around Lake Lugano.
OPEN FROM APRIL TO OCTOBER
Wednesday-Sunday, from 9:15 to 17:45
It runs every 30 minutes
The cable car is not in function in case of wind.
Wednesday-Sunday, from 9:15 to 17:45
Running regularly every 30 minutes or whenever demand requires
Adults: CHF 8
Children (4-14 years): CHF 4
Children (< 4 years): FREE
Extra (bike/dog): CHF 4
Adults: CHF 14
Children (4-14 years): CHF 7
Extra (bike/dog): CHF 7
10 Trip Ticket: CHF 60
20 Trip Ticket: CHF 100
Season Pass: CHF 140
Discount available with Ticino Ticket, FFS General Swiss Pass.
Special Bike Pass - Valid for ascents with a bike
Bikepass Daily CHF 27
Bikepass Seasonal CHF 190
Take our cable car up the mountain with your bike!
Daily bike pass: CHF 27
Seasonal bike pass: CHF 190
Duration: all day
Distanz: 40 km
Höhenmeter: 300 m
Antonella, Piero and their kids Luisa and Matteo start early into the day and are highly motivated to discover the Region at the foot of the Monte San Giorgio. The kids find the ups and downs of the road in Meride very funny, while the parents check out the opening hours of the fossil museum. After the first climb of the day they reach the church of S. Antonino, where the father takes some pictures for the family album. The funny echoes given back by the impressing walls in the marble quarry make the kids laugh. On the contrary, the vineyards that follow attract mainly the parent’s attention. The always-changing landscape distracts from the covered distance and so the family already reaches Riva S. Vitale. The tummies are now rumbling and so they decide to have a lunch break at the lido. The flat section along the waterfront is perfect after lunch. Luckily, the last climb of the day is done by funicular. At the restaurant on top, while enjoying the magnificent views over the lake and the charming village of Morcote, they savor some ice cream and take the last pictures to remember the end of a wonderful day on their bikes.
Places of interest
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Duration: Half Day
Distance: 20 km
Meters of climb: 400 m
Meters of downhill: 400 m
The mother Federica and her daughter Martina don’t ride their bikes very often, but this tour is just about what they where looking. They need the first pedal strokes to get used to their bikes, but as soon as they reach Meride they just goggle the landscape and the biking becomes the minor matter. Once Tremona is reached, the two decide to park their bikes and visit on foot the archeological site „Tremona-Castello”. The place is somehow magical and their fantasies run wild. Martina enjoys the descent towards “Barozzo” and her mother is happy as the trail starts to slightly climb again. In Besazio they decide to go through the village center and visit the “Immacolata” church first, and the “S. Antonino” church right after it. Outside the latter they have a snack while enjoying the great view. Later on, at the marble quarry, they compete for finding the nicest pattern in the huge reddish chunks. Back in Meride they visit the fossil Museum and decide that the day after they’ll go for a refreshing bath in the “Pozze” of the coldish Gaggiolo river just outside the village. At the “Crocifisso” the Route gets a bit trickier, but at level with the Hotel the trail gets again smoother and very funny till the Alpe di Brusino. After a cold “Gazzosa” and some nice selfies in front of the centuries-old chestnut trees, the two ride back to the hotel happy and satisfied about their wonderful journey.
The hotel is not responsible for any of the suggested trails, every participant need to make a self-preparation and equipment check. The hotel will not be responsible for any accident occurred within any of the bike tours.
Duration: Full Day
Distance: 34 km
Meters of climb: 800 m
Meters of downhill: 800 m
Giovanna and Mario want to explore the region on their mountain bikes. They start towards the funicular and take the gravel road that soon becomes a curvy trail that runs mostly parallel to the road below. After a flowy descent they stop to take some pictures of some lamas. At the vineyards above Arzo, Giovanna explains to her boyfriend, that the marble from the quarry they passed earlier can even be found in the Dome of Milan. After a series of nice trails they have a break at picnic zone in the Parco Pre Murin in Ligornetto. After a few kilometers they reach Rancate, where the quite long climb to Tremona has its origin. They reach the top sweaty, but enthusiastic about the ascent. They’re now hungry and decide to take a “Piatto Ticinese” with a great view on the lake at Grotto Grassi. To take it easy, they first visit the archeological site “Tremona-Castello” and watch the 3D reconstruction of the medieval village on their smartphones. Later Mario and Giovanna enjoy a coffee and some cake at the “piazza” in Meride. Luckily Giovanna took their bathing suits with her, so they can now refresh in the coolish Gaggiolo! During the gentle way back to Serpiano they review the uncountable impressions of this fantastic mountain bike discovery tour.
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The Monte San Giorgio is 1097 meters high, and is counted amongst the most important fossil deposits of the Middle Triassic period in the world.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003 for the variety and exceptional state of the preservation of its fossils. The area is also ideal for horse riding in the rural areas between Italy and Switzerland.
The trails are partly ancient cobbled paths and partly signposted trails. Characteristic features of this area are the millennial chestnut trees with enormous trunks which can be seen at atmospheric Alpe Brusino.
Detailed maps and Nordic walking sticks are available at reception.
Monte Generoso Roundtrip
Rovio – Roncaccio – Alpe di Melano – Bellavista – Staz. Mt. Generoso – Monte Generoso – Staz. Mt. Generoso – Alpe di Sella – Scudellate
Distance: 11.7 Km
Duration: 6 hours
Maximum altitude: 1701 m
Change in altitude: 1262 m
The route starts from Maroggia and from there you can go up by bus to Rovio and Arogno to visit one of the first crops of medicinal plants produced in our canton (1998). Rovio attractions include the Romanesque chapel of S. Vigilio (XII sec.) and the beautiful landscape of Lake Lugano.
You can continue on foot to the Monte Generoso, along the marked trail that starts from the town center. The climb on hot days is facilitated by the presence of a shady forest with vegetation typical of the area. After about an hour of walking you reach the quiet oasis of the mountains of Melano, where you can rest and drink from the cool fountain, enjoying the view out to the Mount San Giorgio. The path continues to the Bellavista station of the railway. From here the path becomes wider and more comfortable, to the summit. Continuing on, you go down the path in the direction of the Muggio Valley, an area full of cultivation of medicinal plants. From Scudellate you can continue by bus stopping at Muggio, Caneggio and Castel S. Pietro to reach Mendrisio.
Walking the Tamaro-Lema crossing in both directions is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Pre-Alps, on the border between Ticino and Italy. Walking on the ridge you can admire the Lago Maggiore, the Centovalli, Valle Maggia, Val Verzasca, Locarno and Bellinzona to the North, while to the South the view opens over Lugano, its valleys, and its Lake.
Enjoy views of the Alps in the background, dominated by the peaks of Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn.
Duration: ca. 4h30
Foxtown Outlet, a designer outlet center with 160 stores offering discounted prices from 30% to 70% throughout the year.
Just 20 minutes from Serpiano and accessible by car, taxi or the convenient bus service that leaves from the hotel, Foxtown is the ideal destination for all shoppers.
Opened in 1995 with a sales area of 31,000 square meters, thanks to the high level of product quality and the elegance of its shops, attracts numerous visitors every day from all over the world.
At the Foxtown Outlet Centre you will find the most prestigious Italian and international fashion brands: Gucci, Prada, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Bally, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, Ralph Lauren, Diesel, Esprit, Adidas, Nike, Replay, Superga, Samsonite , Fratelli Rossetti, Brums, La Perla, Lagostina, Fendi, Jilsander, Tod’s, Hogan, Polo Ralph Lauren, Baci & Abbracci, Dior and many others.
Open daily, from 11:00 to 19:00, including holidays.
Closed: January 1, Easter Sunday, Aug. 1, 25 and 26 December.
Under the 270 meter long, ancient city porticoes on the lakeshore, there are many different kinds of shops: jewellery, clothing, gastronomy and anntique shops are just some of the many, without forgetting a few department stores as well.
Via Nassa, Lugano’s number one shopping destination, accompanies you during your shopping outings with its elegant and sophisticated atmosphere.
Shopping in ancient Ticino was rather limited. At least if compared to today’s possibilities. In 1800 the basic staples were pasta, rice, oil and candles for lighting, Marseilles soap, clothing and shoes. Wool was often spun at home and produced by one’s own sheep; cloth was made from hemp and flax. As to the history of clothing, experts often debate as to its origin. Some feel that people cover their body to protect themselves from the weather and that therefore dressing is simply a question of health. Others recognize in clothing a mental manifestation. In the past, dress was connected to decency and magical influences whereas today it is dominated by the desire to be admired. The issue remains open but in the meantime, let us free our imagination.
from CHF 209 per person
Prices and services per person
Packages can be booked according to availability
No supplement for package in single comfort room
Thanks to the sunny Mediterranean climate, Ticino is an ideal place for growing grapes.
Almost 90% of the area occupied by vineyards is planted with Merlot, which is fermented in both red and white, giving high-quality wines.
Serpiano is located close to some beautiful vineyards, within a few minutes by car or a pleasant walk or cycle.
Located in the village of Meride, the Fossil Museum is easily accessible in just 10 minutes by car or slightly longer with the bus service that leaves from the hotel.
Renovated and expanded by the famous Swiss architect Mario Botta, the museum opened to the public on 13 October 2012. Spread over four floors, the museum presents a wide variety of illustrations and models representing living beings inhabiting the sea and the coast of the southern Ticino between 245 and 180 million years ago.
The exceptional state of preservation of the skeletons from the Triassic period of Monte San Giorgio has made the “mountain of the lizards” a natural site of worldwide fame, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site today.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday
From 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: Monday, December 25, January 1
Open Easter Monday, Whit Monday
Fossil Museum of the Monte San Giorgio
Via Bernardo Peyer 9
Tel: + 41 (0)91 640 00 80
Fax: +41 (0)91 646 17 37
Buy tickets at reduced prices at the hotel reception.