Leventina Valley: the secrets of the Fortezza and the Gottardo cheese factory

During the tour, we will have the chance to discover the secret Gotthard fortress, built during the Second World War and equipped with heavy cannons to secure the national border to the south: we will visit the underground defence systems which is nowadays a unique place for excursions into the heart of Switzerland and experience the underground cable car ride (Metro del Sasso).
We will then move to the Gotthard cheese factory (Caseificio del Gottardo) in Airolo to enjoy a cheese taste and we will conclude our tour walking through the Gorge of Piottino, an easy path offering many scenic views.



Meeting point

Mendrisio Campus (h. 07:00) and West Campus Lugano (h. 07:45)

Time slot

Full day



Minimum number required

This activity will take place with a minimum of 25 participants
Recommended clothing Suitable for the weather condition, comfortable walking shoes.
In the fortress, the temperature is around 6°C. It is recommended to bring a hoodie or a jacket

Difficulty level

** (not recommended for those suffering from claustrophobia)


The groups will be mixed Italian/English


A cheese tasting is included in the afternoon, bring a snack


The activity will take place also in case of bad weather