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Chiasso Things to Do

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    by call_me_rhia Updated Mar 16, 2003

    the best thing you can do in chiasso is just head for the border and leave.. or else if you're italian, cross the border for a quick chocolate, cigarettes and marijuana shopping spree... and then leave as fast as you can. And while you're at the border, on the swiss side, do not miss the nice blue-ish mosaic on the wall. No one knows exactly who made it, but it's the most (and only) remarkable sight of chiasso!

    detail of the mosaic
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Chiasso Restaurants

  • don't miss the desserts!

    The restaurant is a building that at the time of renovation was a farmhouse but in the more distant past it had been used as a stopping place en route for postal carriers and travellers. DESSERTS!!!!!!!

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  • true local specialities

    Ths is one of those places that are about to become obsolete... an old "grotto" (tavern in english) with homemade traditional food, out in the middle of nowhere - which makes it pleasantly tourist-free. Granted this - they could have placed it in the middle of chiasso since no tourist has ever visited the town. The place is tiny, so reservations...

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  • Go to eat in a Grotto

    Who will want to have an entire image of the region, absolutely should not neglect the typical kitchen local, that itself environment in ideal manner in the «GrottoIn this site is a delight consume snacks with 'salame' and cheese of the Valley of Muggio with oil and pepper, and a good glass of wine.

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Chiasso Nightlife

  • dubious reputation dancing

    It's a dive.. it's a real dive.. It changes name every year or two... it always tries to become a respectable disco... and it always fails. The crowd is very eclectic: youngsters who go there for dancing, prostitutes that go there looking for business, desperate men who go there trying to get laid - and it makes no difference to them if it comes...

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  • healthy pints and loud music

    Murrayfield pub... when you're young and alternative it's the place to go... a real institution: loud alternative music (often live) and cool people. As you get older the crowd looses its appeal - so what drives u there is one of the best guinness pints in the area and the occasional irish poetry reading.The only way to describe the general...

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  • Few pubs

    In Chiasso there are really few pubs opened by night. By the way there are many bars opened only during the day.In this pic one of the few Chiasso pubs, The Andy Pub located in Via Bossi.

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Chiasso Transportation

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    by d_d Written Feb 16, 2003

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    Every train from italy to German, Holland... transits from Chiasso station.
    Nice and well organized!

    Chiasso Train Station

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Chiasso Shopping

  • marijuana shops

    The shops' names are just 4 examples of marijuana shops' names... but there are several others in this little town: upon last count there were 25 - but new ones open every day - and old ones get closed every day by the police.Surprised to see marijuana shops in switzerland? don't be! Officially they only sell side-products - like beer, soaps, t...

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  • MANOR

    When I was a child, for Como people MANOR store was a must!Now, it's not so convenient, but you can still find nice things.I like, for example, Swiss school diaries: they are very simple and existentialist.

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  • Fill your car!

    Fuel in Switzerland is 20% cheaper than in Italy!So if you travel from Italy across Switzerland, wait to arrive to Chiasso to fuel your car.You will also have a coffee for free!

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Chiasso Local Customs

  • nebbiopoli

    Nothing stirs in chiasso for nmost of the year... it's really as dull as a place can get... and then, for abot 4 glorious days, the town comes alive for Carnival - the local version is called "nebbiopoli" (fog-land). If you don't believe me, ask Piccolina on VT. These 4 carnival days there is music, dancing in the streets, parades, people wearing...

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  • The library

    Quite closed to the main square, there's the city library.The library is small and not very frequented, but nice.

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  • Mövenpick

    In Chiasso main square, there's (as in every city or town in Switzerland) Mövenpick. Here you can drink or eat something or taste the famous mövenpick icecreams.Quite expensive (almost for italians), but very typical!

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Chiasso Tourist Traps

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    by d_d Written Feb 16, 2003

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    When you fuel your car, pay attention: in many station you can pay only cash or with Swiss card (i.e. Swiss American express, Swiss Visa etc).
    So during the night, filling car should become a nightmare!

    CASH or CARDS?

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Chiasso Off The Beaten Path

  • An old & beautiful building!

    It's not so easy to find in Chiasso an old and beautiful building. Well, if you find one, it will be under restructuring!

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  • fire extinguisher

    Walking along Chiasso streets, you will notice in many angles, some strange kind of puppets.But they aren't puppets. They are fire extinguishers!

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  • Carnival costumes expo

    If you walk along Via Bossi, you'll notice in a courtyard this nice Carnival costume expo! really nice!there's also a dedicated shop (see shopping tips)

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Chiasso Favorites

  • BAR's blackboard posters

    It's a classical in switzerland (almost in 'Ticino' canton) finding bars with blackboard posters.In Chiasso the more frequent notices refer to the 'historiacal' products for Italians or transit persons: choccolate, cigarettes, coffeee and spicy soup dices.

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  • Look the building walls

    It's probably a Swiss trend, but in Chiasso there are many walls decorations: murales, mosaics... and whatever you can imagine on a wall! Remember: look the walls!

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  • BANKS

    In Chiasso, as in every Swiss city, there are many banks...hundreds of banks!You won't have any problem to find a bancomat to withdraw some cash.

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