Mendrisio is called the Magnifico Borgo thanks to its historical monuments that testify to the illustrious past of the town surrounded by vineyards that has often been found at the center of history. Walking through the charming alleys, let yourself be enchanted by the typical houses with internal courtyards and terracotta roofs or by the medieval and baroque churches.
Art and architecture are at home here and it is therefore no coincidence that since 1996 Mendrisio has hosted the Academy of Architecture of the University of Lugano. The line of the architect Mario Botta can be seen in the streets of the center ... or the Fiore di pietra, which dominates the region from the top of Monte Generoso.
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Mendrisio rhymes with Holy Week Processions. This ancient tradition - which has been nominated for inclusion in the list of UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage - has its roots in the 17th century and every year excites participants and spectators.
The wide range of wine and food on offer, including wineries, vineyards and events, also arouses great emotions: the Sagra del Borgo and the San Martino Fair are not to be missed.
What to do in Mendrisio? What you want! The city offers interesting art museums such as the one dedicated to Vincenzo Vela or the Pinacoteca Züst, but also gives space to a curious collection of scale trains.
If you prefer to shop, you should definitely visit the Fox Town Factory Store, where you can also make a detour to the Admiral Casino.
It’s up to you: discover the region's culinary specialities, marvel at the buildings designed by great architects or go back millions of years to the Fossil Museum in Meride?
Here are some ideas for you.