The tourist office is open from November until March as follows: Monday - Friday 9 am till 12 am and 2 pm till 5.30 pm and on Saturday from 10 am till 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm till 5 pm. They have a container by the door with free maps when they are closed (provided they haven't run out). The tourist office has longer opening times in summer.
Location: Riva Albertolli street in the Palazzo Civico
The website is www.lugano-tourism.ch
LUGANO de A a Z...
LUGANO, Switzerland -- I needed a cup of good strong coffee . . . something to get me going after the four-hour bus ride from St. Moritz.
So, with friends at the Golf, our favorite coffee bar (near Parco Ciani), we sipped cappuccino and planned an itinerary for the next few days.
Unlike the rest of Switzerland, the atmosphere here is mainly Mediterranean. Trust me when I say that the Ticino, Switzerland's only Italian-speaking canton, is where the country comes alive. It's Italian lifestyle with Swiss efficiency . . . the best of both worlds.
And as we sat with our second cups of coffee, the warm lake breezes -- sweetened by a blend of mimosa, oleander, magnolias, figs, lemons, persimmons, and even palms -- came wafting through the arcade. It was good to be back. I was alert to the conversation, taking notes, and sipping cappuccino, yet my mind kept wandering back to St. Moritz and to a discussion I had a few nights earlier with two US travel agents. Actually, it was a one-sided discussion: me trying to convince them that Lugano, Locarno, Ascona, et al. were not in Italy, but part of the only Swiss canton on the south side of the Alps.
For additional information, write to the Swiss National Tourist Office, 608 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10020; or telephone 212-757-5944.
Santa Maria degli Angeli Church
Take the road direction Rivera and when you reach the highway entrance, there you are.
In the middle of a big field you will see a cable car station that will bring you right on top of Monte Tamaro.
The church Santa Maria degli Angeli designed by the world famous architect Mario Botta, a wonder of contemporary architecture, with the paintings of Enzo Cucchi.
The church is dedicated to Santa Maria degli Angeli, builded during 1992 and 1994 presents an innovative feature in the sphere of planning a religious building.
Realized in porphyry, she is located on a slope on which end opens a straordinary panoramic view.
Flying with Crossair
Getting there: by plane. In 1989 I flew from Amsterdam to Zurich - my first flight ever! From Zurich I took a Crossair plane to Agno airport not far from Lugano. I took a cab to the hotel. The Crossair plane was extremely small, the hostess could not walk straight, she had to bend over (No kidding!). Fascinating flight across the Alps.
Getting around: on foot mostly, and by means of a so-called cog railway to the top of San Salvatore, where there's a small chapel...
Unexpected piece of paradise for you
SOFT and WARM as in ITALY
ROMANTIC as in PARIS
JAZZ FESTIVAL in JULY
FIRE WORKS in AUGUST
A little piece of paradise for you and me.