Viale Ungheria 1, Ponte Tresa, 21037, it
You can easily walk from the Swiss side to the Italian side. If you are unsure on which side of the road you have to walk, then either follow the others. Or simply, if you go to Italy, you walk on the right side of the bridge because the Italian customs building is on the right side, the same applies on the way back. The country you enter may want...more
The local train from Lugano takes only half an hour to Ponte Tresa (Swiss side). It runs very 20 minutes. At the train station in Ponte Tresa (CH) there is a kiosk, ticket maschine, toilet. The post office is next door (in case you want to post a postcard). From there you can easily walk to the border bridge and cross by foot.more
Since coming to Ponte Tresa is popular with day trippers from Switzerland, it goes without saying that shopping is probably the main reason to come here to this small town. I bought myself a panetone (see photo). It's not that I cannot buy this at home but it's more of a tradition to buy one in Italy. Other popular things to buy is pasta and other goodies.
Postcards are hard to come by on the Italian side but there was one shop on the main road from the border post which had a view at 60 euro cent each. But stamps can only be found at a tabacco shop which I couldn't see anywhere, but apparently there is one.
If you shop here on a day trip you should bring Euro as not all the shops take Swiss francs.
Doing a day trip to Ponte Tresa is easy as you just walk across the bridge. Usually, you don't show any documents (this is already like Shengen - but Switzerland joins only in 2008!). Better be on the safe side and take your ID or passport with you.
Favorite thing: If you speak some Italian then you may be interested to check out the sign post just by the river Tresa next to the bridge. It has some of the 1943 history and a map. It's right by the fence and may be covered by the local fisherman trying their luck in the river.