When leaves have already dropped elsewhere in Switzerland’s mountain regions, it is time to head south—as far south as you can go without leaving the country. The Mendrisiotto region of Canton Ticino offers a mix of experiences, from hiking trails to wine trails and tastings, to seasonal festivals. Last week, a sharp left turn off the main highway through Mendrisio brought me to the Valle di Muggio. What a discovery!
The valley, cradled between Monte Generoso and the woodsy Italian border is a walker’s paradise in spring and summer. In autumn, the pace seems slower, with time to gander. In early November, there was still plenty of color to delight, vibrant yellows and rusty oranges of the season. In winter, hardy souls will venture up from Mendrisio to walk solitary paths, snow clods crunching beneath their boots, crisp air filling their lungs.
Chiesa Rossa in San Castel di Pietro
Cabbio—A tiny village with year-round appeal
Bruzella’s historic mill
Solarino—taste a cheese like no other
Scudellate—Exceptional home cooking in Ticino’s highest village