• Unesco Sites

Monte San Giorgio

Timbre Siti Unesco Here you can stamp
your passport
SITI UNESCO #inLombardia
Where
Provincia di Varese - Svizzera
Contacts
Infopoint
Infopoint Varese
Piazza Monte Grappa, 5, Varese
+39 0332281913

Monte San Giorgio sits in the middle of Italy and Switzerland. The Italian side of Monte San Giorgio became part of Unesco's World Heritage Sites in 2010 while the Swiss half has been since 2003.

There are ten Unesco Sites in Lombardy, people who love to visit mountains and amateur geologists will appreciate the rich history this territory holds, plenty of evidences of past eras.

This elevation is located between Pavese and Canton Ticino, surrounded by the southern fronts of Lake Lugano, reaching an altitude of 1097 meters.

Early excavations made in the 1800s by paleontologists from both countries unearthed exceptionally preserved fossils that dated back to 200 million years ago. Although some internationally famous grounds allow visitors to watch only one shell rock level and consequently the animal species trapped in it, here they can see  up to 5 different levels and follow the evolution of certain lifeforms along several ages.

Such findings include invertebrates, reptiles, fish and plants, exhibited at the dedicated Museums of Meride and Bessano, plus a geo-paleontological trail that leads enthusiasts to numerous excavation spots. 

You can also practice trekking in one of many paths, available for amateurs and experts, or admire the Alpine landscape and the plains of Lombardy at the top.


Opening hours

Il Museo dei fossili di Besano si trova in:
Via Prestini 5, 21050 Besano (VA)
museo@comune.besano.va.it
+ 39 333 7849836

Orario di apertura: il martedì e il sabato dalle 14.00 alle 17.30, la domenica con orario continuato dalle 10.30 alle 17.30. Negli altri giorni ed orari su prenotazione.

Il biglietto d’ingresso è: Intero € 4,50 - Ridotto studenti e gruppi (superiori alle 15 persone) € 3,00

Info: museo@comune.besano.va.it; FB: @museofossiliBesano; 333 7849836
Per le info sul Museo dei fossili di Meride visita il sito

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Per maggiori infomazioni sul Monte San Giorgio, visita anche il sito Unesco

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Places

Lake Lugano

Lago di origine glaciale, è un ricco sito di giacimenti fossiliferi, in particolare in prossimità del Monte San Giorgio
  • Lakes
Lake Lugano
1.98 km

Villa Cicogna Mozzoni

  • Art & Culture
Villa Cicogna Mozzoni
4.96 km

Badia di Ganna

  • Religious Tourism
Badia di Ganna
7.65 km

Maglio di Ghirla

  • Art & Culture
Maglio di Ghirla
8.58 km

Birrificio Angelo Poretti

  • Lifestyle
Birrificio Angelo Poretti
10.09 km

Following the trenches on Monte Generoso

  • Active & Green
Following the trenches on Monte Generoso
10.32 km

Villa e Parco Toeplitz

  • Art & Culture
Villa e Parco Toeplitz
10.84 km

Sacri Monti in Piedmont and Lombardy

  • Unesco Sites
Sacri Monti in Piedmont and Lombardy
11.06 km

Castiglioni Museum

Un affascinante viaggio tra archeologia e etnologia, tra deserto e savana, tra mito e realtà
  • Art & Culture
Castiglioni Museum
11.08 km

Sacro Monte Varese

  • Religious Tourism
Sacro Monte Varese
11.08 km

Casa Museo Lodovico Pogliaghi | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Art & Culture
Casa museo Pogliaghi
11.1 km

Ville Ponti

An ancient residential complex owned by a Ponti’s family and now an efficient Congress Centre, property of Varese Chamber of Commerce.
  • Art & Culture
Ville Ponti
11.12 km

Panza Art Collection

  • Art & Culture
Panza Art Collection
11.12 km

Museo Baroffio e del Santuario del Sacro Monte sopra Varese | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Art & Culture
Museo Baroffio e del Santuario del Sacro Monte sopra Varese | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau
11.13 km

Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza

Villa Menafolio Litta Panza (VA) is a Mecca for art lovers and tourist who come to visit the contemporary art exhibitions it hosts.
  • Art & Culture
Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza
11.2 km

Villa Torelli Mylius

  • Parks
Villa Torelli Mylius
11.54 km

Ancient mills and rural structures

  • Art & Culture
Ancient mills and rural structures
11.72 km

SHOPPING DISTRICT

  • Lifestyle
SHOPPING DISTRICT
11.72 km

Waterfalls | Varese Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Active & Green
Cascate Varese
11.72 km

Basilica di San Vittore

Entering the historical core, walking through the streets of the center you'll be enchanted by the vision of the Basilica
  • Religious Tourism
Basilica di San Vittore, Churches of Varese
11.77 km

Activities

E-Bike Tour Lake View, Old Hamlets & Vineyards

  • Active & Green
E-Bike Tour Lake View, Old Hamlets & Vineyards
14.65 km

Ghisallo & Muro di Sormano

  • Active & Green
Ghisallo & Muro di Sormano
14.65 km

Mountain Bike in "Spina Verde Park"

  • Active & Green
Mountain Bike in "Spina Verde Park"
14.65 km

Bike & Sail to Bellagio

  • Cycle Tourism
Bike & Sail to Bellagio
14.65 km

Where to sleep

LA SOLATIA

Porto Ceresio
LA SOLATIA
1.45 km

BOTEL DIFFUSO DEI LAGHI - FORESTERIA

Porto Ceresio
BOTEL DIFFUSO DEI LAGHI - FORESTERIA
1.59 km

APPARTAMENTO FRANCO

Porto Ceresio
APPARTAMENTO FRANCO
1.71 km

HOTEL IL CANNETO

Porto Ceresio
HOTEL IL CANNETO
1.9 km

VILLE LAGO LUGANO - APP. 135

Porto Ceresio
VILLE LAGO LUGANO - APP. 135
2.43 km

VILLE LAGO LUGANO - APP. 122

Porto Ceresio
VILLE LAGO LUGANO - APP. 122
2.43 km

VILLE LAGO LUGANO - APP. 132

Porto Ceresio
VILLE LAGO LUGANO - APP. 132
2.43 km

VILLE LAGO LUGANO - APP. 134

Porto Ceresio
VILLE LAGO LUGANO - APP. 134
2.43 km

VILLE LAGO LUGANO - RES. 116

Porto Ceresio
VILLE LAGO LUGANO - RES. 116
2.43 km

VILLE LAGO LUGANO - RES. 117

Porto Ceresio
VILLE LAGO LUGANO - RES. 117
2.43 km

VILLE LAGO LUGANO - APP. 124

Porto Ceresio
VILLE LAGO LUGANO - APP. 124
2.43 km

VILLE LAGO LUGANO - APP. 137

Porto Ceresio
VILLE LAGO LUGANO - APP. 137
2.43 km

VILLE LAGO LUGANO - APP. 121

Porto Ceresio
VILLE LAGO LUGANO - APP. 121
2.43 km

MICHELANGELO

Saltrio
MICHELANGELO
2.79 km

IL PIOPPO ANTICO

Viggiù
IL PIOPPO ANTICO
3.17 km

L'HELLEBORO B&B

Viggiù
L'HELLEBORO B&B
3.36 km

MOLINO DEL TORCHIO

Cuasso al Monte
MOLINO DEL TORCHIO
3.38 km

HOTEL RISTORANTE ALPINO

Cuasso al Monte
HOTEL RISTORANTE ALPINO
4.1 km

APPARTAMENTO BELVEDERE

Brusimpiano
APPARTAMENTO BELVEDERE
4.11 km

LA RIVA DEGLI ALPACA

Clivio
LA RIVA DEGLI ALPACA
4.64 km