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Country Country-Switzerland Switzerland
Canton Ticino (TI) Ticino (TI)
Altitude Altitude 273m
Speaking Languages Speaking-Languages Italian
Official Website Official-Website https://www.lugano...
Near Airport nearest-airport Zurich Airport
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Lugano is a small world-class city and an important conference and business centre, as well as the third most important financial centre in Switzerland.

Being situated on the northern side of Lake Lugano, it also became the largest holiday resort in the Italian-speaking region of Ticino.

The interval between the border of Lugano and Italy is the glacial Lugano Lake, which is considered one of the reasons that make Lugano very special.

On the shores of the lake in Gandria sits the Swiss Customs Museum, which is reachable only by a boat trip from the town on Lake Lugano.

Travel to the south part of Switzerland, where sunny Lugano is located, and be delighted by the blend of the Swiss and Italian cultures. It is a city famous for its parks and flowers.

The city’s surrounding Mountains of Monte San Salvatore and Monte Bre give its vacationers the impression of an amphitheater cut from the hills to offer a splendid viewpoint.

The sights from the top have a uniqueness not to be missed. Both healthy hiking and an enjoyable, stress-free cable car trip are options for reaching Monte San Salvatore Mountain. From here, the extremely breathtaking view extends over the town, Lake Lugano, and the famous Alpine peaks.

Lugano is home to some very special features that you simply must discover, particularly the historic centre of the town. Take a stroll through the arcades with their ancient buildings, which spread for many blocks on both sides of the street.

During your walk, you will feel immersed in a cosy and pleasant environment, especially in the uncovered walk areas. The pedestrian zone in the Old Town creates a lovely sociable atmosphere in Lugano. Here the visitors have an unforgettable walk through the streets with numerous buildings in the Lombardy style, exclusive museums and exhibitions.

In this city of wonders, besides the mild Mediterranean climate, you will also find Mediterranean-style squares and arcades in the very centre. The main square Piazza Della Riforma offers a wide range of outdoor cafes and restaurants where the locals and tourists can relax.

The city also offers charming parklands with camellias and magnolias, as well as numerous sub-tropical plants. This Mediterranean mix reflects in Lugano’s culture, architecture and cuisine.

The city's central spot makes it one of the best destinations to unwind and enjoy a peaceful vacation. There are a variety of activities on the lake to get involved in, such as fishing and boating, with plenty of sightseeing attractions.

Here in Lugano, you will experience the sweet feeling of doing absolutely nothing but totally indulging in the peaceful atmosphere and admiring how humans and nature exist in perfect harmony.

Here are some best places to visit in Lugano recommended by AlpExcursion:

  • Parco Civico Ciani – The peaceful, fascinating lakeside park with plenty of colourful flowers. It is listed among the most beautiful gardens of Switzerland.
  • The Madonna degli Angioli Church - The enchanting church with large fresco covers the whole wall of the nave.
  • EGO Gallery – Presents the contemporary art of young artists.
  • Cathedral of Saint Lawrence – The Romanian Catholic church from the Middle Ages.


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