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Monte Generoso

At the center of a real natural paradise along the border between Italy and Switzerland , Monte Generoso stands out in all its majesty .

For about a century, the rack railway has made it possible to reach the summit at an altitude of 1704 m , starting from Capolago, on Lake Lugano . The route is about 9 km long and passes through a magnificent mountain scenery . From the top you can enjoy a breathtaking view , which embraces the Gran Paradiso chain and the lakes region from above.

This alpine oasis has multiple attractions: it is a perfect destination for those who love regenerating walks in contact with nature, for those with historical interests and for those who want to practice sports (climbing, paragliding, mountain biking)

51 km of trails allow you to explore both sides of Monte Generoso, the Swiss and the Italian one.

The nature

The beauty of the mountain landscape is combined with the wealth of botanical treasures . In fact, thanks to the calcareous soil, the flora of Monte Generoso is particularly luxuriant.
There are about 800 plant species , some of which are very rare.
Flowers are the main attraction for visitors. These, in fact, are larger and more vividly colored than those that grow in the plains, due to the high intensity of solar radiation.

As for the fauna , however, the presence of a colony of chamois that does not fear man and can be observed at close range is singular.

This area is also of considerable geological interest . Monte Generoso is, in fact, a karst massif mainly composed of flint limestone from the lower Jurassic. The area is rich in caves and karst phenomena, both superficial and deep.

Bubbles, charcoal pits and snow

Pastoralism and mountain agriculture were, until a few decades ago, the main activities of this place. To continue to carry them out, the mountaineers had to fight against aridity and water scarcity. For this reason, rainwater collection ponds have been built, isolating the bottom of the area with leaves and ashes from chimneys or outbreaks. These are the so-called bubbles “, some of which can be visited right on Monte Generoso. There are also some charcoal burners (open spaces where wood charcoal was produced) and some nevere (cylindrical stone constructions, filled with snow by the farmers during the winter, to be able to store the milk during the summer).

Are you planning a stay in the mountains and are you looking for an accommodation that allows you to reach Monte Generoso?
The Campsite ai Colli Fioriti , in the very green Val D’Intelvi, is the solution. The strategic location of the campsite also gives access to many other excursions , from the more challenging trekking to the peaceful walks nearby.

Path of Expressions

The Path of Expressions is one of the most popular activities for tourists visiting the Intelvi Valley , easily reachable from the campsite in the Colli Fioriti .

This path is famous among the inhabitants of the city of Como and the neighboring municipalities because of its wooden masks made from the wood of the trees. It is one of the most beautiful excursions from the campsite, capable of combining trekking with one of the most original art forms present in the area.

The project

The wooden masks present along the path of the Path of Expressions represent the wonderful work created by the artists of MASCH.ERA , cultural association of the municipality of Schignano.
ERSAF , acronym for the Regional Agency for Agricultural and Forestry Services, also actively collaborated in the project. If materially the masks present along the path belong to the talented artists of the MASCH.ERA, the project would not have existed without the support of the municipality and ERSAF.

The masks

The wooden masks of the Path are authentic natural works of art , and have no equal in the Como area. Walking along the path, you come across tree trunks skilfully transformed into masks, human representations, which is the only unique place in itself already fascinating which is the Intelvi Valley.

Tourists arriving here for the first time find themselves in front of a suggestive scenery , interspersed with wooden sculptures born from the creativity of the artists of the Schignano cultural association, famous for their carnival masks.

Technical features

The total duration of the path of expressions is approximately 90-120 minutes , including both the outward and return journeys. The trekking of the path is suitable for everyone , even for those who have never faced differences in height of a certain importance. The only difficulty is the initial uphill stretch, lasting about 20 minutes, which could be difficult for more than one person.

The initial climb, which starts from the hamlet of Posa, however, is not part of the true path of expressions , which instead begins once the difficult stretch is finished, starting from Alpe Nava . During the pleasant walk, between one sculpture and another, there is the possibility to admire in its entirety the panorama that extends over the Intelvi Valley and the nearby Como. In 120 minutes of walking, the difference in height to be faced is equal to 370 meters.
More information can be easily obtained from the official websites of the municipality of Schignano, ERSAF Lombardia and La Maschera di Schignano .

How to get there

While you are a guest at the Colli Fioriti campsite, you could dedicate half a day to hike the path of expressions .
With your vehicle, drive south, following the signs for the town of Schignano. Before arriving in Schignano, follow the signs leading to the locality of Posa, where the path begins. The last inhabited center you find along your road before Posa is called Occagno, also a fraction of the municipality of Schignano. At the hamlet of Posa you can find the parking area, and then continue from here on foot .