Places To See: Lugano

Deriving its name from Lake Lugano, the city of Lugano is swarmed by celebrities, entertainers and world class athletes who have christened it as the Monte Carlo of Switzerland. Take time out to visit the mesmerising landscape of this largest Italian speaking city out of Italy.


Lugano | Source: Wikimedia Commons/Bastian Greshake


You’ll love Lugano if…
  • You would like to take a vacation by the lake.
  • You are looking to spend some time in a romantic Swiss city with a night life.
  • You would love to explore the pristine beauty of Switzerland.
Lake Lugano | Source: Wikimedia Commons/Celsius1


Where should you head to?

For your perfect vacation by the lake, take a trip by land or lake to the shores of Lake Ceresio and explore the picturesque beauty of the lakeside village of Gandria. Visit the 16th century church of San Vigilio with its outstanding rococo interior and high late-medieval belfry. Take a trip to the town of Melide to visit the Swissminiatur, a park of 1:25 miniatures. Travel to Morcote and visit the famous Church of Santa Maria del Sasso in Rennaissance Baroque style, the monumental stairs made up of 404 steps and The Captain’s Tower. Get rejuvenated in Lido di Lugano or Lido San Domenico. Pick from over 30 excursions on boat to one of the beautiful surroundings or rent your own boat to explore. If you are game, then try some of the lake sports on offer like sailing/windsurfing/rowing/wakeboarding/skyskiing or underwater diving.

Church of San Vigilio | Source: Wikicommons/ Franck Arciuolo

Shop during the day in The Market of Lugano or on the streets of Via Nassa and Via Cattedrale. Spend some time in the museums of Non-European Cultures at Villa Heleneum, which houses the prestigious Serge Brignoni Primitive Art Collection, and Villa Ciani, that presents the works of the Civic Collection. Chance your luck in the European style Casino Lugano or Casino di Campione. Show your moves and go dancing at Angel’s Disco, Pascia Swiss Fashion Club, Club 1, Living Room, Madai Disco Club, Privilege or Tito’s Place.


Villa Heleneum | Source: Wikicommons/Francescapalli

Go Mountain Biking in the home of Switzerland’s largest MTB tracks that covers over 300kms. Try a three day Lugano Trekking itinerary to explore the lush natural surroundings. Take a boat excursion or pick from over ten others on offer to discover the most evocative locations. Browse through a collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and conifers of the whole Insubric Region in The San Grato Park. Relax in the groves of various subtropical and tropical trees such as lemon, orange, kumquats, grapefruit, date palms amongst many others in The Park of Villa Heleneum. Walk in the beautiful surroundings of The Belvedere Garden, where nature and art seem to live side by side. Don’t miss out on the Agritourism centres in Alpe Cottino and San Lucio to enjoy an enchanting view and some cheese!


Tassino Park | Source: Wikimedia Commons/Francesco Piraneo G.


Watch out for…
  • Lugano Festival and Martha Argerich Project
  • LongLake Festival, A summer festival by the lake
  • Lugano Estival Jazz

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