Monte San Giacomo

Distance: 11 km • Time: 4 hours • Medium difficulty

Mount San Giacomo (427m), the highest point of the Ticino Park, is covered with woods of Scotch pines, chestnut trees, has a rich undergrowth and a rich variety of fauna: you can meet squirrels and salamanders, which reproduce in a rich context of waterways.

From the Wood of Capra of Vergiate, you reach the Gymnastic Route N. 1 and go up the path, at the beginning steep and gradually more flat. After about 3 km you cross a crossroads to the Selletta di Cuirone; go over it and go back up into the woods, coming almost to the summit of Monte San Giacomo, which can be reached by turning right.

Return to the crossroads, keep right and descend into the woods on a mule track, until you reach a fork where you turn left. Continue north until you reach a path that leads to a dirt road that runs to the first corner. Then continue straight on a path that slopes down into the woods. Then you reach the meadows near the town of Boffalora.

Going always to the right you get the asphalt road, where you turn right and cross Boffalora and the railway with an underpass. Immediately after the railway you turn right and take a dirt road that runs along Mount San Giacomo and leads to Cuirone.

Turn left and reach via San Giacomo. Turn right and shortly after left onto a dirt road that leads to the Ornithological Trail.

Go up the path (marked in red) to the crossroads at the top of the hill. Turn left and return to the starting point.


  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Altitude: 160 mt
  • Starting point: Vergiate
  • Arrival point: Monte San Giacomo
  • Parking: yes


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