Lugano Off The Beaten Path

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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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    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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    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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    Hike a part of the Ticino Sun...

    by worldtrekker Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Hike a part of the Ticino Sun Trail from Monte San Salvatore to Morcote via the mountain villages of Ciona and Carona. Note: I believe the Ticino Sun Trail is a 6 or 7 day hike and this is just one of those days. The hike also begins at the base of Monte San Salvatore but you can cheat as I did, and take the funicular up. In the summer, it can be hot here (We had it hot!), so it would be best to bring a hat and sunscreen. Water would be good too, although you can buy drinks along the way on Monte San Salvatore, Ciona (I think), Carona, and Morcote. www.lugano-tourism.com/new/Parchi/walk/default.htm
    has a map of this hike. This link doesn't take you directly to the map. Also click on Carona: a village of the past and that will take you to the map. I really don't remember how long it took to hike from Monte San Salvatore to Morcote, but I would guess 3 - 4 hours.

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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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    Being a librarian myself ...

    by egonwegh Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Being a librarian myself, I could not resist visiting the Library of the Canton Ticino (Biblioteca Cantonale). I cannot remember what the library looked like from the inside, though I can imagine that, at the time (1989), they had a card catalogue in small old-fashioned wooden drawers. Anyway, this is what the outside looked like.

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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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    • Religious Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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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 1: monte san salvatore

    by call_me_rhia Updated Nov 7, 2002

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    it's not off-the-beaten-path strictly speaking, but it's just off lugano, so i guess it fits the cathegory. From Lugano-Paradiso there's a funicular that rides up to the top of the mountain: if the day's clear you can have wonderful unforgettable views over lugano and the lake lugano area. You can also see the alps in the distance.
    Note that the trip there and back costs (year 20029 27 swiss francs. There's a restaurant on top, and some easy and short nature trails

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    day trip 2: melide and bissone

    by call_me_rhia Written Nov 8, 2002

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    the lake promenade between melide and bissone

    it's a relaxed day trip from Lugano. First you need to catch a train to Melide, about 8 minutes away. Here, if you have children, you can visit the Swissminiatur - it's a park with all the most important swiss buildings and mountains in diminuitive size. Then there's a lovely promenade along the lake, hich will take you to the next village: Bissone, which is an old fishing village. There are lots of olf buildings and tiny narrow lanes and arches - and a small baroque church. There are also several restaurant to have lunch. In the afternoon you can take a boat back to Lugano and enjoy more lake scenery.

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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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    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 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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