Lugano Off The Beaten Path

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    San Carlo

    by ettiewyn Updated Sep 24, 2012

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    San Carlo is a tiny church that we found by accident while we walked along Via Nassa. It does look quite plain from the outside and could easily be overlooked, but the interior is very pretty. It is a baroque church, but not as overloaded as many others. The church was constructed in the middle of the 17th century. The façade is only from 1829, but it was created in baroque style as well, so it fits very well. I really liked the white, shiny colour of the interior.

    The church was named after the saint Carlo Borromeo, who was the Archbishop of Milan from 1565 to 1584.

    Unfortunately it is hard to find more information about this church, and it does not have a website.

    Address: Via Nassa
    Direcions: In the town centre

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    Funicolar to Monte San Salvatore

    by ealgisi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A breath taking view of the whole Lugano lake, city, neighbor and mountains.
    Don't miss the chance to go on top of the Monte San Salvatore by taking the Funicolar.

    The funicular is only fivehundred meters from the highway (E-35/A2) exit Lugano-Sud, and five
    minutes on foot from the railway station of Paradiso.

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    Tennis Challenger Lugano

    by ealgisi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Bellinzona

    by MalenaN Updated Apr 4, 2009

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    Bellinzona is not off the beaten path, but it makes a nice daytrip from Lugano, and it is easy to reach with train in 30 minutes.

    Since 2000 the three castles, Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbarco, have been an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Bellinzona has a beautiful location. It is situated by Ticino River in Ticino Valley and has a strategic position along the route over the Alpine passes. A fortress was built already in Roman times, it was later added to by the Bishop of Como. When Bellinzona was under the control of the Dukes of Milan two more castles were built and they had, not only a good defence, but also control over the passing traffic and trade.

    Below Castelgrande is the Old Town of Bellinzona with narrow cobbled streets, some squares and fine buildings, like the Town Hall with a courtyard with Renaissance arcades around.

    I visited Bellinzona on a sunny day in February and I enjoyed my stay very much. I walked around in the Old Town, ate at a café and visited all three castles by foot.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

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    Aranno Malcantone

    by bianchis Updated Jul 26, 2007

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    Aranno, a typical village in Malcantone, not so well known among tourist but where I spent many happy weekends. Offers a wonderful view of the lake Lugano with its surrounding mountains and valleys. Reached by car through a scenic winding road from Agno, Iseo or from Bioggio through Cademario. Vineyards with Merlot grapes, ancient chestnut trees (chestnut trees was the bread tree of the poor) romatic old churches.
    There is even a Chestnut Trail (Sentiero Del Castagno) beginning in Arosio

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    Santa Maria degli Angeli Church

    by ealgisi Written Apr 20, 2007

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    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.

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    Monte Tamaro

    by ealgisi Updated Apr 20, 2007

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    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.

    Hiking, biking, take sun, ... whatever you want to do, even paraglinding, don't miss che chance to go up and spend a different day fully immersed in the nature, with a breath-taking view.

    Take rest at the local restaurant and spend time outside in the nice open space where you can even eat.

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    day trip 4: gandria

    by call_me_rhia Written Apr 13, 2007

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    walking to gandria

    Gandria is the best preserved of the traditional fishing villages near Lugano... and it is a nice day trip destination. The best way of getting there is on foot: from the Castagnola area of Lugano it's about 30/40 minutes on a well-kept path. It starts right by the Museo delle Culture Extraeuropee (you can get a bus there) and it's all by the lakeside.

    Once in Gandria, visit the small village and it's little alleys, then take a boat to the "Cantine di Gandria", where you will find an interesting museum dedicated to the border aptrols: "museo doganale svizzero". Here you can learn all about smuggling between Italy and Switzerland, especially during WWII.

    You can then return to Lugano by boat, or else stop at one of the traditional restaurants by the lake, those that you can only reach by boat.

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    Take A Day Trip To Locarno

    by AnnS Written Oct 27, 2006

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    From Lugano you can take a train to Locarno, on Lake Maggiore. It's an easy journey... just one change at Bellinzona... and you can enjoy some nice scenery from the comfort of the train.

    The train station at Locarno is in the centre of town and close to the lake. The lakeside promenade is nice and the Old Town interesting but for me, the highlight of the day was taking the funicular up to the Santuario della Madonna del Sasso Church and monastery - a spectacular building perched on a hill above Lugano. It's a beautiful and historic building and worth looking around.

    When you come out of the church, go back to the road and walk up past the funicular station to the smart Hotel Orselina. Inside is a very nice lounge with a terrace where you can sink into one of the wonderfully comfortable chairs, order a pot of coffee and sit and admire the amazing views.

    Almost opposite the hotel is a cable car station which takes you even higher but I didn't have time to do that before nightfall.

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    Village of Gandria - Lunch and A Beautiful Walk

    by AnnS Updated Oct 26, 2006

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    Lunch at Ristorante Locanda Gandriese
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    Take a boat or bus to the tiny, traffic-free village of Gandria. In the main tourist season it is apparently swarming with visitors but when I went in March, I virtually had the place to myself. The tiny streets are lined with pastel-coloured houses and around every corner are wonderful vistas of the lake and the mountains beyond.

    Stop for lunch at Ristorante Locanda Gandriese. If the weather allows, choose a table on the terrace, with a perfect setting almost hanging over the lake. Otherwise there are tables inside from where you can still see the lake through the large windows.

    After lunch, walk back along the lakeside path that goes all the way back to Lugano. It's very peaceful, easy walking and the views on the way are stunning.

    You can reach Gandria by boat or bus from opposite the Lugano Tourist Office.

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    day trip 3: carona

    by call_me_rhia Written May 17, 2004

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    flowers in bloos/san grato

    Carona is a little old village not far from Lugano. You can reach it by bus and from there you can do many things. The main reason to come here is for lake views, as it it on top of a mountain - but there are other reasons. First of all, if you're visiting during the spring, the botanical garden parco San Grato is unmissable... wonderl flowers in bloom, sweet smells! Your senses will thank you! you should also visit the old village with the traditional stone houses, the main church of the village and the Loggia museum for paintings. Only a few minutes walk away there's an interesting sanctuary in the woods (madonna d'ongero). if it's summer, and you'll have ,amy hours to spend before your next bus (admittedly they are quite obsolete), bring your swimsiut... as Carona has a nice public swimming-pool!

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    Same place - different moods

    by DionysosCH65 Updated Feb 16, 2004
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    After walking through the streets of this small town I recommend going a little bit outside. In only about 10 minutes you get on places with a natural beauty so that you can believe that you're hours away . . .

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    • School Holidays
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    The sleepy mountain frazione...

    by worldtrekker Updated Feb 1, 2004

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    The sleepy mountain frazione (hamlet) of Ciona actually belongs to Carona. We descended down through the woods and came out here in Ciona where we found decorative houses with old wooden beams and beautiful gardens and plants.

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    Walk on the Sentiero di Gandria footpath

    by musti72 Updated Nov 24, 2003

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    View of the San Salvatore from the footpath

    The Sentiero di Gandria (or Sentiero degli ulivi) footpath starts in Castagnola (Bus Nr. 1) and ends after 30-45 minutes in Gandria, on the border to Italy.
    The walk is entirely on the lakefront and goes through the gorgeous Parco degli ulivi, a mediterranean park with olive trees, cypress, laurels, oleander and rosemarine. The ending point is the picturesque village of Gandria, built from the lake up the steep hill.
    From here you can walk back the same path or take the boat back to Lugano and have another perspective of the area.

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    • Eco-Tourism

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    The picturesque village of Gandria

    by musti72 Updated Jun 23, 2003

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    View from one of the restaurant's balcony

    Gandria is about 10 km east of Lugano, and accessible by car, by foot through the marvellous Sentiero degli ulivi footpath or by the public boat from the center of Lugano.
    This old fisherman's village with its narrow walkways is built from the lakeside up the steep hill.
    It's really nice to have a lunch or a drink on one of the restaurants with a balcony and to enjoy the surrounding scenery.

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