Mountains and lake - Educational trail



The route connects the two extremities of Gambarogno municipality, going from Dirinella in Caviano on the Italian border to Contone in the middle of Magadino Plain.


The educational trail “Between the mountains and the lake”, which includes the homonymous mountain path along the border between Gambarogno and the valleys of the Luino district, passes through woods, meadows and villages with enchanting views and panoramas as well as industrial and agricultural areas and roads, a complete snapshot of Gambarogno and its uniqueness.

The forty or so themed panels made with the help of the schools in Gambarogno, tell evocative tales of times past as well as more modern stories about the big changes to the landscape over the past 150 years; from the advent of the railway to the channelling of the Ticino river and subsequent land reclamation and the area's anthropisation.

They are fascinating stories for visitors with historic facts and geographic and scientific information, details of old trades and new settlements, industrial activity and the growth of tourism, fauna and flora; all subjects with a direct connection to the reality of the municipality and Gambarogno Riviera.

The panels are for a broad public from primary schoolchildren to tourists of all ages and from all over. You can follow the trail in both directions or in stages, as it is long and there are plenty of good parking areas.

Flyer to download: PDF


  • Hiking boots
  • Sun cap
  • Water-bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Hiking map
  • Camera
  • Food


Montagnepulite: This project was born to promote an effective management and sustainable use of mountain huts in Ticino, and in particular the litter management. The responsible management of litter in the mountains is a matter of common sense. We can all contribute:

Alternative routes

Variant from Contone to Cadenazzo

In 2019, the municipalities of Gambarogno and Cadenazzo, as part of Le Terre del Ceneri project aimed at showcasing itineraries and the historical, cultural and landscape features of the area around Monte Ceneri – to tie in with the opening of the base railway tunnel in 2021 – decided to extend the educational trail from Contone to Cadenazzo, where the historic Via del Ceneri also converges.

Five new themed panels have been set up; the first two can be found behind the church of Contone. One describes the centuries-old relationship of solidarity between the communities of Contone and Robasacco, while the other relates the history of the ancient church of San Nicola, abandoned for centuries, which once stood on the hill above Contone.

On the way to Cadenazzo, right in the countryside, there is a panel about the architecture and viticulture of the Magadino plain.

The route ends at Cadenazzo station, home to the route panel and two themed panels, one illustrating the history of the important railway junction established in the 19th century and the other discussing the Magadino plain, from its 19th-century reclamation to the recent establishment of the Parco del Piano di Magadino.

Timings variant:
Taking your time to read the panels and stop to admire the landscape, you should allow half an hour.

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