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Swiss Tour: Lugano

May 2018  |  Switzerland

Nestled in the heart of Switzerland's Italian-speaking region, Ticino, the city of Lugano is a charming and vibrant jewel that offers visitors a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural riches all with a distinct Mediterranean feel. Surrounded by stunning mountains, crystal-clear lakes and lush parks, this city is the perfect destination for those seeking an explore every corner of Switzerland.

Monte San Salvatore from Lugano lakeshore
Lugano from lakeshore
Lugano and Monte San Salvatore
Lugano from lakeshore
Monte San Salvatore from Lugano lakeshore
Lugano and Monte San Salvatore

For those who love the outdoors, Lugano is a paradise. The city is surrounded by amazing natural landscapes, including the Swiss Alps and the quaint lakeside villages. Visitors can go hiking, cycling or boating, or simply relax and soak up the sun at one of the many beaches along the lake.

Monte San Salvatore rises sharply above Lake Lugano and the  Lugano paddleboats in the Italian section of Switzerland
Mont San Salvatore from Parco Ciani

One of the must-visit attractions in Lugano is Parco Ciani, a beautiful park located on the shores of Lake Lugano. This park is not only a popular spot for picnicking and sunbathing, but also a hub of cultural and artistic events. The park is home to several museums, including the Museo d'Arte, which showcases works by artists from all over the world. In addition, the park also features a beautiful botanical garden, a large open-air concert venue, and a charming café where visitors can relax and enjoy the stunning views of the lake.

Parco Ciani water gate
Lugano from lakeshore

Aside from Parco Ciani, there are plenty of other things to do and see in Lugano. The city is home to several beautiful churches and museums, including the Museo d'Arte Moderna, which houses a collection of contemporary art and the Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli, a stunning Gothic-style church. Visitors can also take a stroll along the picturesque promenade, which offers breathtaking views of Lake Lugano and the surrounding mountains.

Monte San Salvatore and Lugano from lakeshore
Buildings on the Piazza Reforma
morning market

Lugano is also a great destination for foodies, as the city offers a wide range of dining options, from local Swiss and Italian cuisine to international cuisine. Some of the must-try dishes in Lugano include polenta, risotto, and the famous Swiss chocolate.

Gabbani grocery store

In conclusion, Lugano is a city that truly has something for everyone. With its natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant atmosphere, this city is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a memorable and unique holiday experience. Whether you're looking for a relaxing getaway, an action-packed adventure, or a cultural immersion, Lugano is the perfect place to be.

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