Monte San Giorgio

Welcome to  the website of Monte San Giorgio, UNESCOs’ World Heritage!
Come and visit these places, the local territory as well as the fossil Museum, they will allow you to discover a fascinating lost world dating over 200 millions years ago.
Monte San Giorgio is one of the most important fossil deposit in the world, for the Middle Triassic, a geological period which took place between 247 and 237 millions of years ago. The fossils coming from  this mountain are known for their variety and their exceptional good conservation, they have been excavated and analysed  by Swiss and Italian palaeontologists from 1850.

The international recognition of this classical fossil locality was strengthened   by its inscription to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 for the Swiss side and in 2010 for the Italian territory. 



The World Heritage Convention


 Monte San Giorgio -
A Story of 240 Million Years


Monte San Giorgio -
Looking for the great in the small

       Monte San Giorgio -
I'm MCSN 5758, a Neusticosaurus



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Museo Civico dei fossili di Besano

Via Prestini 5
I - Besano (VA)
T. +39 349 2182498, +39 349 3257881
Museum of fossils from Monte San Giorgio

Via Bernardo Peyer 9
CH-6866 Meride
T.  +41 91 640 00 80, F. +41 91 646 17 37