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    Tourist Information Centre

    by ettiewyn Written Sep 24, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Lugano's tourist information centre is located in a very pretty building close to the lakefront. This was our first stop when we had arrived in Lugano, and we got a free map which was very good: It displayed the whole area of Lugano and its different parts, and also some short information about different things to see and do.

    Address: Riva Albertolli
    Direcions: Close to the lakefront

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    Useful phone numbers

    by ealgisi Updated Jan 5, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.

    Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Switzerland:

    Police: 117
    Ambulance: 144
    Fire: 118
    Poison: 145
    Road emergency: 140
    Psychological support (free and anonymous): 143
    Psychological support for teens and children (free and anonymous): 147
    Helicopter air-rescue (Rega): 1414 or by radio on 161.300 MHz
    Air rescue (Air Glaciers) (in Valais only): 1415

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    Mountain passes and tunnels information

    by ealgisi Written Jun 8, 2008

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    Favorite thing: It is always better to be informed about road conditions.
    So for this reason here's a website that wil tell you every Swiss tunnel and mountain pass status, open or closed.

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    by ealgisi Written Jun 1, 2008

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    Favorite thing: When you are eating something outside, don't be sourprised if a bird comes really close to you, they are used to people and sometimes they even try to steal your food.

    But is can also be funny to feed them, specially the little one, that wil try to catch what you have for them on the fly.

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    by draguza Written Jun 23, 2007

    Favorite thing: You can take an interesting walk through the city centre of Lugano, which offers to the visitors a traditional and cultural aspects that permit the discovery of the city. The free guided tours every monday morning from 9.30-12.00, takes you in architectural monuments from the past; bold examples of the work of contemporary Ticinesi architects, who are renowned all over the world; the pedestrian area and its characteristic narrow streets.

    Fondest memory: every monday


    Meeting point and arrival: Informations office, Lugano Turismo-Palazzo Civico

    Groups not admitted. Possibility of tour organisation on request.

    In the city center

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    Few words in Italian

    by ealgisi Written Jun 1, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Below few words in Italian that you can use while visiting Switzerland.

    Waiter / Waitress! - Cameriere/ Cameriera, per favore!
    May I have the menu, please? - Potrei avere il menu, per favore?
    Do you have a set menu / local specialities? - Avete un menu fisso/ delle specialità locali?
    What do you recommend? - Cosa mi raccomanderebbe?
    Do you have vegetarian dishes? - Avete dei piatti vegetariani?
    bread - pane
    butter - burro
    cheese - formaggio
    coffee - caffè
    cream - panna (montata)
    ice cream - gelato
    lemon - limone
    milk - latte
    mineral water - acqua minerale
    mustard - senape
    pepper - pepe
    salad - insalata
    salt - sale
    sugar - zucchero
    tea - tè
    yes/no - si/ no
    please / thank you - per favore/ grazie
    good morning - Buongiorno
    good afternoon - Buon pomeriggio
    good evening - Buona sera
    good night - Buona notte
    good-bye - Arrivederci
    excuse me - mi scusi
    you're welcome - prego
    how long / how far - per quanto tempo/ quanto è lontano
    yesterday / today / tomorrow - ieri/ oggi/ domani
    day / week / month / year - giorno/ settimana/ mese / anno
    left / right - sinistra/ destra
    up / down - su/ giù
    good / bad - buono/ cattivo
    big / small - grande/ piccolo
    cheap / expensive - economico/ caro
    hot / cold - caldo/ freddo
    open / closed - aperto / chiuso
    free/ occupied - libero / occupato
    early / late - presto/ tardi
    Does anyone here speak English? - Qualcuno qui parla inglese?
    I don't speak (much) Italian. - Non parlo l'italiano/ molto italiano.
    Could you repeat that? - Per favore, potrebbe ripetere?
    Could you spell it? - Per favore, potrebbe fare lo spelling?
    Can you translate this for me / us? - Potrebbe tradurre questo per me/ per noi?
    What does this mean? - Che cosa vuol dire?
    I don't understand. - Non capisco.
    How much is that? - Quanto costa?
    Does this bus / train stop at ... ? - Questo autobus/treno ferma a...?
    Monday - lunedì
    Tuesday - martedì
    Wednesday - mercoledì
    Thursday - giovedì
    Friday - venerdì
    Saturday - sabato
    Sunday - domenica

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    The beauty of Lugano

    by maritagnes Updated Apr 8, 2007

    Favorite thing: Arriving in Lugano by car is an eyecatching experience, and I couldn't believe the beauty while approaching there.
    This town is situated at the edge of Lake Lugano - Lago di Lugano - and is the largest town in the canton of Ticino.

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    Tourist Office

    by yumyum Updated Nov 27, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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

    hotel reservation machine

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    Soak Up The Beauty

    by AnnS Updated Oct 26, 2006

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    Favorite thing: My favourite thing to do in Lugano is to take a leisurely stroll along the lakeside promenade.

    Fondest memory: My favourite memory of Lugano is being able to wander around taking photographs without the fear of being bothered by anyone. As a single traveller, this can be a problem in many other places.

    Villa Favorita, Lugano Lake Lugano

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    If You Forget Your Hiking Boots...This Might Work

    by tpal Written Jan 21, 2005

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    Favorite thing: I wish I could tell you more about these guys. We found them seemingly quite content on top of Monte Brè. I suppose they are working stiffs, providing excursions for tourist who are better at going down than coming up (a solid understanding of my personal capabilities helps makes these assumptions possible). In any event, a city boy like me doesn't often get see a donkey.

    Donkey break

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    Lugano Centre

    by sandysmith Updated May 15, 2004

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    Fondest memory: We enjoyed a short day trip here from Lake Maggiore in Itay. I remember just lapping up the sun in a cafe in the main square - Piazza Riforma - designed on the scale of Italinan grand opera.
    A short distance south of the main square is the small church of Santa Maria degli Angioli which has fine renaissance frescoes.


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    Websites of Ticino Area

    by thinking Updated Dec 30, 2003

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    Favorite thing: MY SWITZERLAND



    Fondest memory: Lugano is nature at it's very best combined with respect for privacy and human values.

    Town Center of Lugano
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    by thinking Written Aug 12, 2003

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    Favorite thing: If you are visiting Lugano, stop in and request the
    "Guest Book" as it gives discounts to many places you would want to visit.

    Palazzo Civico-Riva Albertolli

    phone: +41 091 913 32 32
    fax: +41 091 922 76 53

    Fondest memory: It is so wonderful to be in the Lake District, as the beautiful views always make me happy. I also love the Italian way of life here in Switzerland.

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    What to wear?

    by thinking Updated Aug 12, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Women have two choices here depending on the effect they wish to create.

    Either look like an American tourist in your t-shirt, jeans and tennis shoes,


    dress like the SWISS/ITALIAN women in high heels, make-up, jewelery. Often "the look" is with a cigarette in one hand and a white poddle or another tiny breed in the other.

    Fondest memory: I loved the view of Lake Lugano from San Salvador Mountain and from Grandia.

    Lake Lugano
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    Best Period is Spring and Summer

    by musti72 Written May 28, 2003

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    Favorite thing: If you have in mind to come to Lugano you should come during springtime (best from April on) when the flowers are blossoming or during summer when there are several international musical festivals you can enjoy for free.

    Lugano from the air in summer

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