• Lugano, lake view
  • Overview

    Lugano, in southern Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino canton, boasts a Swiss- Mediterranean architectural heritage combined with a gastronomic culture closely mirroring its neighbour, northern Lombardy. Lugano offers all the advantages of a world-classic city combined with the cachet of a lovely small town.

    Lugano, the largest town in the Ticino canton, is not only Switzerland's third most important financial centre and hub for conferences, banking and business, it is home to parks and flower-filled gardens, glorious villas and significant religious buildings.

    Located in a bay on the northern edge of Lake Lugano and surrounded by mountains to the north, the pedestrianised historic town centre around Piazza della Riforma boasts buildings of an Italianate, Lombardian architectural style, many museums, numerous restaurants, designer boutiques and, together with a packed calendar of events, visitors are invited to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy dolce far niente, sweet idleness.

    The afore-mentioned Mediterranean-style piazza is delightful and there are lots of parks on the lakeshore which are tranquil and restful. Relax in Parco Civico with its abundance of ancient trees or stroll through Belvedere Gardens; right by the

    lakeside promenade where contemporary works of art are interspersed with sub- tropical plants and magnificent camelia and magnolia displays.

    When to visit

    Thanks to its mild climate, Lugano is delightful during spring when the camellias are in bloom. The summer weather and longer days are fantastic for walkers and hikers whilst the cooler autumn is popular with music aficionados attending festivals.

    Walk & Relax

    The two closest mountains to Lugano, San Salvatore and Brè, proffer viewpoints from the top of their respective funicular railways and, from Monte Brè, you can walk down to Brè village whose typical Ticino centre is enhanced by quirky works of art. From San Salvatore, a popular walk down leads to the lakeside at Morcote where, for a delightful end to your day, you can catch a boat back to Lugano. Alternatively, simply enjoy the Mediterranean climate, olive trees and palms from an outdoor café in one of Lugano’s many squares; dolce far niente!

    Art & Architecture

    Art connoisseurs and architecture aficionados are attracted to this city and, in Museo Cantonale d'Arte, there are paintings by Klee, Jawlensky, Renoir and Degas and during the past half century, the Ticino region in general, and Lugano in particular, have developed into an important area for architectural study.

    Lugano's Top Events

    Lugano Festival, held from April to June is an important regional cultural attraction with numerous Classical music events. Plus there’s Pasqua in Città in March/April which provides intriguing and entertaining activities for young and old. Enjoying international acclaim and held over two weekends in June/July, one of Europe’s most well-established jazz events, Lugano’s Jazz Festival, is Ticino’s main musical event with free open-air concerts for everyone.

    In late summer, there’s Blues to Bop including gospel and soul performances on stages and squares around the centre and, in October, there’s Festa d’Autunno, a massive party featuring authentic regional specialties and locally produced wines.

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Lugano, in southern Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino canton, boasts a Swiss- Mediterranean architectural heritage combined with a gastronomic culture closely mirroring its neighbour, northern Lombardy. Lugano offers all the advantages of a world-classic city combined with the cachet of a lovely small town.

Lugano, the largest town in the Ticino canton, is not only Switzerland's third most important financial centre and hub for conferences, banking and business, it is home to parks and flower-filled gardens, glorious villas and significant religious buildings.

Located in a bay on the northern edge of Lake Lugano and surrounded by mountains to the north, the pedestrianised historic town centre around Piazza della Riforma boasts buildings of an Italianate, Lombardian architectural style, many museums, numerous restaurants, designer boutiques and, together with a packed calendar of events, visitors are invited to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy dolce far niente, sweet idleness.

The afore-mentioned Mediterranean-style piazza is delightful and there are lots of parks on the lakeshore which are tranquil and restful. Relax in Parco Civico with its abundance of ancient trees or stroll through Belvedere Gardens; right by the

lakeside promenade where contemporary works of art are interspersed with sub- tropical plants and magnificent camelia and magnolia displays.

When to visit

Thanks to its mild climate, Lugano is delightful during spring when the camellias are in bloom. The summer weather and longer days are fantastic for walkers and hikers whilst the cooler autumn is popular with music aficionados attending festivals.

Walk & Relax

The two closest mountains to Lugano, San Salvatore and Brè, proffer viewpoints from the top of their respective funicular railways and, from Monte Brè, you can walk down to Brè village whose typical Ticino centre is enhanced by quirky works of art. From San Salvatore, a popular walk down leads to the lakeside at Morcote where, for a delightful end to your day, you can catch a boat back to Lugano. Alternatively, simply enjoy the Mediterranean climate, olive trees and palms from an outdoor café in one of Lugano’s many squares; dolce far niente!

Art & Architecture

Art connoisseurs and architecture aficionados are attracted to this city and, in Museo Cantonale d'Arte, there are paintings by Klee, Jawlensky, Renoir and Degas and during the past half century, the Ticino region in general, and Lugano in particular, have developed into an important area for architectural study.

Lugano's Top Events

Lugano Festival, held from April to June is an important regional cultural attraction with numerous Classical music events. Plus there’s Pasqua in Città in March/April which provides intriguing and entertaining activities for young and old. Enjoying international acclaim and held over two weekends in June/July, one of Europe’s most well-established jazz events, Lugano’s Jazz Festival, is Ticino’s main musical event with free open-air concerts for everyone.

In late summer, there’s Blues to Bop including gospel and soul performances on stages and squares around the centre and, in October, there’s Festa d’Autunno, a massive party featuring authentic regional specialties and locally produced wines.

Local Information

Language:
Italian
Currency:
Swiss Franc
Local time:
GMT + 2 hours
Local airport:
Milan Malpensa
Flight time:
1 hour 40 mins

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The View - Lugano

5 star

Situated on the hills of Lugano Paradiso, a short five minute walk from the lake and the Monte San Salvatore Park, The View Lugano opened in 2015 and is a superbly chic, all suite boutique hotel.

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Villa Principe Leopoldo

5 star

A former prince’s residence dating back to the 19th century and exuding luxury and exclusivity, Villa Principe Leopoldo enjoys a fabulous location in exquisite parkland above the lake and 2km from the centre of Lugano.

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Park Hotel Principe

4 star

Standing at the top of Collina d’Oro and surrounded by wonderful nature, a ten minute drive from the centre of Lugano, Park Hotel Principe is a modern and well-appointed hotel ideal for both couples and families.

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Featured hotels

The View - Lugano

5 star

Situated on the hills of Lugano Paradiso, a short five minute walk from the lake and the Monte San Salvatore Park, The View Lugano opened in 2015 and is a superbly chic, all suite boutique hotel.

Villa Principe Leopoldo

5 star

A former prince’s residence dating back to the 19th century and exuding luxury and exclusivity, Villa Principe Leopoldo enjoys a fabulous location in exquisite parkland above the lake and 2km from the centre of Lugano.

Park Hotel Principe

4 star

Standing at the top of Collina d’Oro and surrounded by wonderful nature, a ten minute drive from the centre of Lugano, Park Hotel Principe is a modern and well-appointed hotel ideal for both couples and families.

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Local Information

Language:
Italian
Currency:
Swiss Franc
Local time:
GMT + 2 hours
Local airport:
Milan Malpensa
Flight time:
1 hour 40 mins

Weather

40

30

20

10

0

J F M A M J J A S O N D
4 5 5 6 7 8 9 8 7 6 5 3
Average daily hours of sun

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