Piazza Cioccaro is only a very small piazza, and it is clearly in the shadow of Piazza Riforma, but I preferred this smaller one to the big one. Small as it is, it is very pretty and colourful, and has a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere. There are a few small shops, but everything seemed a little sleepy, especially in the first part of the day. This made it easier to enjoy the beautiful houses and their bright colours and nice architecture.
When you walk down from the train station to the town, you will most probably come across this piazza, and it is also close to where the funicular stops. From here, it is only a short walk to Piazza Riforma and then to the lakefront.
Lugano's town hall is located at Piazza Riforma. It is a neoclassical building from 1844. I thought the yellow colour very remarkable. Although it is so elegant and has many pretty features, the town hall is so big that it is also quite imposing. Look out for the statues adorning the façade!
Sant' Antonio is a very interesting church in the centre of Lugano, a little further away from the lakefront. It is a big church that looks very massive from the outside and even a little harsh. I found it to be very different compared to the other churches in Lugano. The interior fits this atmosphere: When we visited, it was quite dark and not very inviting, but still very interesting.
The church was built in the 17th century, although the belfry is only from 1914.
Hop on to Bernina express bus from Lugano station and connect to the Bernina Express train from Tirano to Chur. It is a dream spectacular journey amidst some of the most beautiful landscapes. The route is much better than the one used by the Glacier Express.
The whole journey is around 8 hrs with an hour connecting time at the Italian town of Tirano (yummy Gelatto ice cream available right outside the Bernina Express train station). The time just passes as the scenery is engrossing and refreshing.
Prior reservations is required for the journey and can be made through the following website: www.rhb.ch Email: email@example.com
I got the reservation after being on wait list, in spite of making a request 4 months in advance.
During the period from 28 of June to 8 August, at Lugano outside pool and beach, the city organizes the outside cinema.
It's a great experience to watch a movie outside, specially with really dark sky and shining stars.
Check out the website (only in italian), for tickets and movie list.
Villa Malpensata which today houses the Museo d'Arte Moderna of the City of Lugano was built in the first half of the 18th century.
After various transformations and extensions, it was acquired by the Caccia family in 1845. The son Antonio, a writer and art collector inherited the Villa and, on his death in 1893, he left it (and all the paintings, sculptures and objets d'art it contained) to the City of Lugano with the wish that it be made into a museum. For the longest time, the fate of the Villa appeared uncertain until, in 1967, it was decided to restore it and convert it into a museum.
From 1973 until its reopening in 1990, the Villa Malpensata put on a hundred or so exhibitions of widely varying kinds, both from the point of view of the subjects as that of the organization.
Blues to Bop makes a great impression on our town, emphasising the beauty not only of the four piazzas where concerts are held, but also the lakeside promenade and the whole historical centre.
It is the town itself that reflects and intensifies the joyous energy created by the thousands of spectators as bustle about their business of enjoying the wide range of musical styles on offer
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.
A spectacular trip changing between civilization and wild valleys.
The pre alpine trip Lema-Tamaro, practicable on both ways, is one of the most beautiful excursions of the Swiss pre Alps, on the border between Ticino and Italy. The spectacular view you enjoy during this walk sweeps through the Lago Maggiore, the Centovalli, the Valle Maggia, the Val Verzasca and Locarno to Bellinzona in the North, while on the south the view opens to Lugano, with his valleys and on the lake. And the highlights are the Alps in the background with Monte Rosa and Matterhorn.
We took a choo-choo train around town but jumped off when we saw a funicolare to the top of Monte San Salvatore. A cable car went halfway up the mountain and then all the passengers switched to a gondola to the top. Luckily, no clouds blocked our views, and we could see Milan in the distance. We also took a 2-hour tour boat and saw great views of cities and cliffs all around the lake.
In Lugano there's a fantastic lake.
The best way to enjoy it is to take a Pedalo and make some sport by going on the lake and have a global view of the city and what's around.
Take care about big boats and respect the rules
This little tourist friendly train is the convenient way to see the hidden beauties of Lugano in 40 minutes;) You can also "hop off" in the places you want to visit and "hop on" later to continue your journey.It costs 8 Sfr. for the whole 40minutes journey.
You can take the cogwheel that leaves from Capolago and it will take you to the top of the mountain (1704m) in about 40 minutes. We missed it, so not wanting to wait for the next, we decided to drive up. We parked about half a mile from Bellavista (1224 m). The path is fairly easy to walk, just make sure you wear good hiking shoes. Believe it or not, I saw some women wearing heels! I kid you not. Fashionistas, put the fashion aside and have fun in the outdoors!!!
There are difficult paths you can take as well.
On our hike up we encountered a herd of goats. That was interesting because they blocked the narrow path we were walking. So we had to be patient and let them move when they felt like it. It was an overcast sky, so it made it nice to hike, but I was still working up a sweat. Make sure you have plenty of water with you, especially if it's hot! The views as you ascend are beautiful. Make sure you have a camera and the battery is charged. I loved seeing the stone houses on the mountainside.
There is a restaurant up there and terrace with chairs you can lounge on. The bear grotto is also open May and October for groups and for the public June 1st to September 30.
The website has a lot of helpful information, so make sure you visit it before heading off to Monte Generoso.
If you enjoy walking and taking in beautiful views, I suggest doing the walk from Lugano to Gandria. This is a very picturesque lakeside village at the foot of Monte Bré. It is inaccesible to cars, so you either have to walk or take a boat. You can drive, but you'll have to walk down to get to the village from the car park above.
Lake Lugano lies in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino where Italian is spoken. It is very much the south side of the Alps, where temperatures and hours of sunshine are generally higher. The lakes in this region run into Italy and the whole character of the countryside is quite different to the part of Switzerland further north
A real must if you are in town.
Don't miss the chance to visit the local chocolate factory Alprose, situated only a few KM from Lugano.
Inside the factory you will have the chance to taste different kind of home made chocolate, learn how do they do it and even shop for souvenirs and chocolate.
A real candy world for kids.
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