In the footsteps of those who have left their mark

  • 12 April – 11.30
  • 18°
  • Inspired

Collina d'Oro is a picturesque, exclusive and quiet residential area. What makes it unique is that it was right here that Hermann Hesse chose to spend his life: forty years to be relived in just one day through a short route that takes you to the places he loved.

One of the most interesting cultural outings is in the company of this winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Yes, because you have the feeling that you are there with him, hand in hand, as if he were your grandfather telling you about old times. Thanks to the audio-guide, which tells you about the various stages in the poet’s life, you take a walk through the significant places in his life. It is moving to hear the gratitude in his voice as he expresses his thanks on receiving honorary citizenship. You can listen to some of his most famous poems in a place where you could have met him in person eighty years ago.
From the external courtyard of Torre Camuzzi, which now houses the Hermann Hesse museum, if you look up at the balcony, you have the impression that you can see him writing. When you enter, you realise that all around you there is a whole world made up of typewriters, paintings, objects, photographs and portraits.

Montagnola, personal objects of Hermann Hesse

Montagnola, portrait of Hermann Hesse

Montagnola, guest book

Montagnola, the museum's bookshop

Montagnola, museum outdoor area

Montagnola, audio guide's path

Montagnola, Sant'Abbondio Church

Montagnola, Grotto Cavicc

If you share the same passion for “grotto” restaurants and good wine, you will feel even closer to him. On the terrace of the grotto restaurant in the middle of the woods, the wine that you’re drinking will have another taste.

Once your life has crossed its path with his, you will feel fondness for him and begin to feel yourself like a poet. So you will go back home with the urge to read one of his novels, to paint the view of Lake Lugano or to write a poem.

Carlotta Rossi, - Art curator
Carlotta Rossi,Art curator
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Visit of the museum


Walk with the audioguide 


Inspiration moment


Dinner at the grotto

What to put in your backpack

A notebook in which to jot down your most noteworthy memories, a book to read during a break on the lawn, and a hat to protect you from the sun and to identify yourself with the writer.



Opening hours:
March - October
Every day (also on Mondays and holidays)
10.30 - 17.30

November - February
Saturdays and Sundays 10.30 - 17.30