Activities – Nido di Rondine

Mountain hiking and mountain biking
Starting from the house several hiking trails start around the Monte Brè (925m) and further to the mountain peak of Monte Boglia (1516m).
The winding road to the mountain top is used by many mountain bike riders.
Current bike trails can be found on the site of

Tour-Tipp: Monte Generoso

Restaurants and bars
Osteria Funicolare Monte Brèa beautiful little beer garden with fantastic views, directly at the mountain station of the Monte Brè funicular
Ristorante Vetta Monte Brèrenovated and reopened restaurant, higher up on the summit of Monte Brè
Ristorante Piccolo Vignetoin the middle of a small vineyard in Albonago on Monte Brè
La Lanchetta Lounge Bar & Pinsa – nice little restaurant with bar in sight at the foot of the mountain and right on the lake.
Antica Osteria Del Porto – Restaurant and lounge, right on the Cassarate estuary at the boat port. Under the large plane trees you can sit outside with a view of the lake, even in the hot summer.
Il Fermento – Restaurant and Birreria with its own brewery. On the Lago near the Piazza, worth a visit in any weather and especially in the evening.
Martini Lounge + Caffèsmall and cool lounge bar in Castgnola on the old part of the lake.
Caffè Caruso  Italian Bar – small bar with bistro in a corner of the Piazza Riforma, a bit away from the hustle and bustle and perfect for a nice time for two.

Capanna Monte Bar (1600m) “Una casa per quattro stagioni…”
Destination for mountain hikes and refuge for hikers with incredible views to Italy. It’s a perfect day trip with an e-bike.

Monte Tamaro (1960m)
By car about 30 minutes away, there is a large offer for activities in the mountains in the former winter sports area. In good weather, the view extends to the Matterhorn.

Tamaro Splash & Spa is a highly recommended place to find fun or tranquility alike in the water, regardless of the weather and season.

Lugano offers many shopping possibilities of all kinds. You will find a shop for virtually every need, but you can also simply drift through the streets of the old town and be surprised by the offer of many boutiques.

In Mendrisio, Foxtown attracts a gigantic brand outlet, where everything from luxury brands to small boutiques finds everything under one roof.

Lake Lugano
The lake offers a long promenade and large park, fun paddle boats, a large beach with attached outdoor pool and opportunities for water sports with sailing boats, windsurfing or stand-up paddling.
Beach Lido di Lugano

Monte Brè, Monte Boglia
Monte San Salvatore, the “sugarloaf” of Lugano
Monte Generoso (CH, 1704m), reopened to visitors since 2017 offers “Panorama, architecture and nature”
Monte Cimetta / Cardada spectacular view over Lake Maggiore until the Monte Rosa
Via del Ferro in Morobbia Valley

Milan – is only 1.5 hours away
Bellinzona, the capital of Ticino with impressive castles

Locarno / Ascona on the Ticino tip of the Lagio Maggiore
Verzasca valley with wildly romantic torrent, bathing opportunities and Roman grottos starts just behind Ascona with the impressive dam wall, famous for the James Bond movie “Golden Eye”.

Big weekly market every Wednesday in Luino (IT) on lake Lago Maggiore

Como and Lake Como (IT)
Villa Balbianello in Lenno on Lake Como
Movie location of Star Wars “Episode 2” and James Bond “Casino Royale”

Gandria, the former fisherman and smugglers’ village just before the Italian border on Lake Lugano. From the foot of Monte Brè you can reach it via a beautiful path along the lake.

Bus stop with direct connection to the center of Lugano (timetable)