Programme suggestion to discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Monte San Giorgio" in one day.
9:00 - 11:00 Fossil Museum Monte San Giorgio in Meride
Visit the Museum of fossils of Monte San Giorgio with a guide. Renovated and expanded by Ticino architect Mario Botta, it displays a collection of animal and plant fossils from the extraordinary deposits of Monte San Giorgio, a UNESCO World Heritage property. On four floors, the museum presents a variety of creatures that populated the sea and the coast of southern Ticino at that time. Illustrations, models, 3D animations, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) make this vanished world, whose fossils have been recovered, prepared and scientifically described by Swiss and Italian experts since 1850, comprehensible for the visitor.
Simplified audio guides are also available (CHF 3.- per person).
11:00 - 17:00 Guided walk in the distant marine world
After the visit to the Museum of fossils of Monte San Giorgio in Meride, it is recommended to make a short excursion in the Monte San Giorgio area accompanied by an official guide to discover the distant marine world that disappeared 240 million years ago, and thus the history of our people. Options for the guided walk amidst the lush nature of Monte San Giorgio with magnificent views and exciting activities for the whole family are as follows:
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