Mount Sighignola: the balcony of Italy

Mount Sighignola: the balcony of Italy

Mount Sighignola is located near the Val d’Intelvi , near the border with Switzerland. The summit of this mountain offers visitors a spectacular viewpoint , so much so that it has earned the name of Balcony of Italy .

Due to its beauty, Sighignola is one of the most successful excursions offered by the Campsite in the Flowering Hills.

Technical information

Monte Signignola reaches 1,320 meters in height and is part of the section of the Luganese Prealps. Overall, the mountain extends over three municipalities: Lanzo d’Intelvi, in Italy, Arogno and Lugano, in Switzerland.

The two sides of the mountain, namely the Italian and the Swiss, are very different from each other. The first, which overlooks Lake Como , has a dense wooded area. The second, on the other hand, is very steep and has a difference in height of about 1,000 meters. The Swiss side falls into Lake Lugano . Consequently, many prefer the Italian one, which is perfectly suited to the needs of both experienced and novice hikers.

The Balcony of Italy

The viewpoint of Mount Sighignola is also known as the Balcony of Italy. This is due to the magnificent natural terrace , the position of which, nestled among the rocks, seems almost unreal to the eyes of visitors arriving here for the first time.

During sunny days, without the obstacle of clouds, from the Sighignola viewpoint it is possible to admire Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn , two of the highest and best known Alpine peaks on the border between Italy and Switzerland. Furthermore, from the terrace of the Sighignola mountain you can also contemplate Lake Maggiore in all its majesty.

The Balcony of Italy also offers the opportunity to see even the city of Lugano and its lake of the same name, as well as the Swiss mountains Brè and Tamaro. All the tourists who look out from the Sighignola terrace recognize the uniqueness of the landscape, bringing within their eyes a natural postcard impossible to find elsewhere.

An excursion suitable for everyone

The excursion to Mount Sighignola is suitable for everyone : young couples, families with children, singles, two-wheel enthusiasts (both motorcycles and bicycles) and lovers of walking. During the summer season, the sun that illuminates the valley is able to show the best of Sighignola and its belvedere, extending its influence also on the nearby lake of Como.

Whether you leave in the morning or want to start your excursion after lunch, the walk along the path to the terrace is a wonderful experience.

If you are on holiday with children , the Sighignola offers a fun play area , where you can spend the day immersed in nature , between relaxation and fun .

For adults there is a barbecue area, which allows you to organize fun picnics.

During the winter season, Sighignola is the ideal place for a white week . There are numerous slopes, which allow lovers of winter sports to practice ski mountaineering. All this can be easily reached from the Campsite ai Colli Fioriti. The campsite is in fact only a few kilometers away and remains open even in winter, precisely to allow skiers to have a convenient starting point for their holiday on the snow.

How to reach Mount Sighignola

The road to reach Sighignola has a story behind it that deserves to be told. the path that connects Mount Sighignola to the municipality of Lanzo d’Intelvi was built at the behest of Vittorio Bertarelli, an entrepreneur who founded the Italian Touring Club and who financed the entire project because he was in love with Val d’Intelvi.

The length of the road is about 5 km and parking near the Belvedere is completely free.