Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hike: Lugano, Monte San Salvatore, Carona, Morcote

Here's Monte San Salvatore:

It's a strenuous hike, made civilized by a funicular.  We set off this morning to ride up the funicular and then hike across the Ceresio Peninsula to Morcote.  After we got about 400 meters up, we realized the trail signs indicating "funicular," were leading to the top of the ride, not the bottom:

We carried on, and soon were on the summit:

Not only could we take in the awe-inspiring view of the local Ikea, we could see the rest of our hike (along that ridge):

Here's another view of the hike (Morcote at the bottom): 

(you can see San Salvatore at the top and Morcote at the bottom, with the interesting high pasture in the middle)

The trail in the area of Carona was pleasant:

Before plunging steeply into Morcote:

The Santa Maria del Sasso church is quite stunning:

As was Morcote.  The town has been around since A.D. 900 or before, and the church features frescoes from the 16th and 17th centuries - it's all very friendly, just walk in and enjoy the paintings in the cooler lake air.  We wished we could have spent more time in town, but were able only to take in various important people eating fine lunches out over the lake before heading back to town.

Our first Switzerland hike - more to come:

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