Monte San Giorgio, Brusino Arsizio

#1 of 13 in Historic Sites in Mendrisiotto
Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Hidden Gem · Mountain
Monte San Giorgio is a wooded mountain (1,097 m above sea level) of the Lugano Prealps, overlooking Lake Lugano in Switzerland. It lies in the southern part of the canton of Ticino, between the municipalities of Brusino Arsizio, Riva San Vitale and Meride. Monte San Giorgio became a UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2003, because it "is the single best known record of marine life in the Middle Triassic period, and records important remains of life on land as well." The Italian region west of Poncione d'Arzo (Porto Ceresio) was added as an extension to the World Heritage Site in 2010.

In Meride is the Museum of fossils from Monte San Giorgio, designed by the Ticinese architect Mario Botta.

A visit to Monte San Giorgio represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Brusino Arsizio trip planner to plot your vacation.
Create an itinerary including Monte San Giorgio
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Monte San Giorgio reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
49 reviews
  • Monte San Giorgio is a must for fossil enthusiasts. It isn’t known as Dinosaur Mountain for nothing. The great views also make it worth a visit.  more »
  • We love to hike and do it a lot. One of the places where we got lost and loved it for its steepness, for the views, and for everything. This mountain was at the bottom of the sea once so the hiking...  more »
  • If you travel by train, from Lugano you have to go to Capolago and from there catch a bus. In ten minutes you will be there. You can also travel by boat but better check the schedule first. San Giorgio is a wonderful place for people who enjoy hiking and paleontology. The views from the top are wonderful!
  • Awesome view to watch Lugano lake and around .. must visit
  • Build a trip
    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it
    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package
    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!
    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance