Lugano is worth a trip...
Lugano is worth a trip anytime, it is a small town and in a couple of days you can see it all, but its a great base from where to take trips to the countrside. It is nice to stroll thru the streets of Lugano, sipping a hot capuccino, or enjoy one of the many flavors of icecream in one of the bars outdoors on the main square, Piazza Riforma. Great for people watching too, the ladies are very stylish and certainly worth a glance. A walk along the lake under the chestnut trees is lovley too. Lugano offers some famous open air music events, known across the border of the country. Estival Jazz, in July, first class musicians offer for your enjoyment different styles of sound for four days. Beginning of September for a weekend long, in several squares the beat of Dixie and Blues fills the ears and moves the legs of who enjoys this kind of music. People are coming from far for these events, the squares and streets are packed. Under the stars of a warm summer night you can mix and mingle with an multi national crowd, while listening to some great music.
Tenero . . . This, a village of about 2,000, is just a short hop from Locarno on Lake Maggiore. Reportedly, it has the mildest climate in Switzerland, what with the mountains of Val Verzasca protecting it from northerly winds. Its setting, surrounded by hills with flowering trees and vineyards, blue lake, and an abundance of Mediterranean vegetation, contributes to Tenero's ever-increasing popularity as a year-round vacation and camping destination.
Uomonatura . . . The environmental center in Acquacalda (at the foot of Lucomagno) has reopened with a series of events and trips helping to guide people toward a deeper knowledge of nature and the enivronment. For more information: Centro Uomonatura, CH-6718 Acqucalda, Switzerland. Telephone 41 91 872 26 10; fax: 872 26 20.
Villa Favorita . . . This museum in the Castagnola section of Lugano, houses the world famous art collection of Baron von Thyssen-Bornemisza. In 1992, the Old Masters of the collection were transferred to Spain, but what's left behind is well worth the 10-franc admission price. It's an easy walk from downtown Lugano, or you can take a boat or No. 1 bus.
Wine . . . The most popular varieties here are merlot, produced with grapes from vines imported from Bordeaux at the turn of the century, and nostrano, a red obtained from different types of grapes. The locals drink from small bowls called boccalinos. Grappa and Ratafia (a walnut liqueur) are usually sipped at the end of a meal. Lugano's annual ``Wine Harvest Festival'' is scheduled for Oct. 2-4.
X . . . Xtreme sports bring the Swiss to the edge, whether it be racing motorcycles, rock climbing, white-water kayaking, para-gliding, etc., but they all pale in comparison to bungee jumping from the Centovallina Bridge at Intragna or from the dam on the Verzasca River near Vogorno where it takes 7.5 seconds to plunge 220 meters for 255 francs (roughly $200). James Bond fans will remember the Verzasca jump in the opening scene of ``Goldeneye.'' Believe it or not, it is necessary to book in advance.
Tennis Challenger Lugano
It’s a week of great tennis, with players ranking among the first 100 in the world, that you’ll be able to enjoy together with a series of exclusive events: art exhibits, shows and music. It’s a wonderful opportunity to watch world class tennis in Lugano and spend a week in the magical atmosphere of one of the most interesting events that the region has to offer.
Connection with and from Milano Malpensa airport
For those who are landing with the airplane at Milano Malpensa airport (Italy), there's a great connection with Lugano using a bus.
This bus service goes from Lugano to Malpensa airport and vice versa every hour.
Prices aren't expensive and it' a very helpful service to come to Lugano, or even if your flight departs from Milano and you are spending your time in Lugano.
If you have some free time, I suggest you visit the chocolate factory. This visit may be combined with the Zoo since they are only 1 train stop away from each other. In fact we first visited zoo and then walked for about 20 minutes to the chocolate factory. It is only 4FR to enter, and you have access to the factory. It is nice to see how the chocolate is made. Prior to exiting, you can visit the shop, where all kinds of chocolate can be tasted for free. If you want to buy chocolate, this is the place to be....chocolate from here is really cheap.