Via Ferrata San Salvatore, Lugano, Tessin



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San Salvatore is Lugano's emblematic mountain. This imposing mountain south of the city offers a 360° panorama of the lake, scenery to the south, and the high Alps to the west. It is also know as the "Sugarloaf."

This via ferrata was imported from the Dolomites, that is to say that the rock face is minimally equipped. You will have to be in contact with the rock to climb it.

It's open all year except when there is snow or other inclement weather.


ViaFerrata Tips and Tricks

Make sure you bring your camera, the view on lake Lugano is splendid.

It's a good idea to bring a pair of gloves. And proper shoes too!



 Strength  3
 Dizziness 4
 Type        Mountain: 3      
 Technics                     1
 Evaluation       Very Difficult



Funiculaire Monte San Salvatore

Tourism Office of Lugano


Length and Altitude

Altitude gain: 130 m
Length: 300 m
Start of the via ferrata: 715 m
Top of the via ferrata: 845 m


Time of Year

June to October (when the lifts are open)



Approach: 50 minutes (if you go to the intermediary station on foot)
Via Ferrata: 1h00
Way Back: with the lifts or 2h on foot.


By Car

Simply go to Lugano and then towards San Salvatore. The mountain can be seen from anywhere.


By Train

To Lugano. Contact the SBB for schedules and fares.




With the funicular from the start of the Lugano-Paradiso to the Monte San Salvatore.

If you want to go on foot, a marked path leads you to the intermediary funicular station of Pazzallo (490 m) and then to the start of the via ferrata (about 50 minutes).


Via Ferrata

This via ferrata is demanding and only for those who have good biceps. There is a lot of void and very little equipment, so you must use the rock.

To be avoided when its raining and if the rock is wet.


Way Back

At the top of the via ferrata, you can either go frolicking down to Pazzallo on the beautiful path or you can go up to the summit in 20 minutes and from there take the funicular.

Where to Sleep

Check with the Lugano Tourism Office.

par Salvatore Torre Youtube




Difficulty & Level

1. For beginners & initiation
2. Need some practice of via ferrata
3. Require phisical strength (at least 1 difficulty)
4. Very phisical, strength, in very good shape

1. Light - ok
2. Middle
3. Some parts are solid
4. Tough

Plaine - Mountain - High Mountain
1. Fully Equiped
2. Need to use rocks
3. Light equipment

1. Easy
2. With bridge, ladder, etc..
3. Extra skills such as zip line




Phone: Mountain rescue: 112

Canal K  158.625
Canal E ( Emergency ) 161.300



Mountain Rescue: 144
REGA Helicopere: 1414
Police: 117

Canal K  158.625
Canal E ( Emergency ) 161.300


Phone: 112

Canal K  158.625
Canal E ( Emergency ) 161.300