UNESCO Fossils on the Italy-Switzerland Border

High difficulty


2-4 hours


30-50 Km

1000+ m

From the Porto Ceresio lake-front promenade a new cycle track and dirt road route climbs through the main fossil sites of the Mount San Giorgio UNESCO area. After visiting the trenches and stopping by spectacular viewpoints, the route climbs up to Sasso Caldo, where the Besanosaurus, one of the world’s most important fossils, was found. It then crosses the historical Italy-Switzerland border and descends to Meride, home to the fossil museum renovated in 2012 by architect Mario Botta. The return is via the educational trail that leads to Cà del Monte and Besano, where we can visit the museum on the Italian side.

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