The San Grato Park
With its 62.000 square metres, it has the greatest collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and conifers of the whole Insubric Region, in terms of variety and quantity. From the park there is also a stunning view on the immediate surroundings and on the peaks of the Alpine chain.
The San Grato Botanical Park lies between Monte San Salvatore and Monte Arbostora, approximately 10 km from Lugano and extends to 690 m S/m, with an exceptional panorama across the immediate surroundings over the peaks of the alpine chain.
The entire park with its 62'000 square metres, hosts the largest and most varied collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and conifers in the entire region. During the months of April and May the azaleas and rhododendrons form a highly coloured and perfumed carpet.
We do not wish to reveal all the secrets of the flora to be found in the park – it will be up to you to learn from the information signs placed along the botanical pathways, leading you to a natural, more complete and quiet environment, which describe and blend the botanical park with the surrounding wooded areas.
Given the multitude of walks (around 7,3 km) and in order to maximise your visit, we would suggest you take a theme walk which allowing you to discover the most attractive corners of the park.
The suggested 5 walks have various themes which let you to see the park under differing aspects which vary according to the season. Just choose the most suitable route, and follow the corresponding coloured signposts.
The playground is situated between the greenhouse and the tool-shed; and are framed by imposing conifers as well as gigantic rhododendrons and multicoloured Japanese maples. It is easily accessed from a wide sweeping road and offers many games including a seesaw, the merry-go-round, the slide, the swings, a little house and the adventurous cablecar.
PLAYGROUND COMPLETELY RENOVATED IN 2012!
The park was once part of the property of the patron of Carona.
It was bought in 1943 by Dr. Martin Winterhalter, proprietor of the RIRI zip fastening factory in Mendrisio and he made it into his second residence including stables, as he was passionate about horses.
In 1957 the complex was bought by a society headed up by Luigi Giussani, administrator of the Monteforno steelworks in Giornico.
A man of great initiative, it was actually Giussani who transformed the buildings into a restaurant and apartments, and created the park, as well as building a swimming pool which now belongs to the municipality of Carona. In 1983, the property was passed to the Union Bank of Switzerland, and in 1997 was subsequently donated to the Lugano Tourist Office who promote and expanded it.
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Open season: All the year
Suggested period: April-May
Entry to park: Free
Guided visit: For big groups, if asked, contact Lugano Turismo-Tesserete, Tel. +41 (0)58 866 49 50
Lenght of visit: 1 1/2 - 3 h
Dogs: On the lead
Accessibility to bikes: No
Pic-nic area: Yes
Restaurant/Bar: Inside the Park, Tel. +41(0)91 649 70 21
It's not allowed to pick up flowers and fruits.
How to arrive
By PostBus: from Lugano center to Carona, 25 minutes
Access to the disabled
- Difficult access
If the symbol is not present access is not guaranteed.
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