Morcote Travel Guide

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Morcote Things to Do

  • il cimitero monumentale

    Next to the church, still high up above the village, there's a little gem, the "monumental" terraced cemetery as it is called here. Despite what one might think, this cemetary is far from being morbid or sad... there are beautiful tombs to see, including one in Egyptian style and one with a sculpture by Henry Moore.Some of the tombs belong to...

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  • Santa Maria del Sasso,

    The top sight in Morcote is the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Sasso, it's an old church founded in the 1300 by some friars coming from the French part of Switzerland. It's located above the village, it takes zillions of steps to walk up there, but the views over the village and the lake are fantastic.Inside the church and the nearby chapel there are...

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  • Santa Maria al Sasso church

    The church was founded in the 13th century on a panoramic terrace and contains renaissance frescoes.To get to the church you have to walk many steps..... but it was well worth it. The walk down was much more better though. View from the church was awesome.Opening time:April-Oct Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat & Sun 9am-6pmNov-March Mon-Fri 1.30-6pm, Sat & Sun...

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  • The arcade

    There is a beautiful old arcade in Morcote, that runs parallel to the lake shore.It has a wonderful wooden ceiling and there are many small shops with souvenirs and local handicrafts, besides a few bars and restaurants.

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  • Santa Maria al Sasso church

    This large beautiful church is a bit uphill from the lake: you have to climb a stair with a few hundred steps to reach it from central Morcote.The original construction dates back to the 15th century, on a pre-existent 12th century church. It is a very interesting and well kept monument and it has a very nice bell tower.

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  • The lake

    The big Ceresio lake has shores both on the Italian and the Swiss sides. This part of the lake around Morcote is quite undeveloped: very peaceful, with few boats and a lot of vegetation.

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Morcote Transportation

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    by dabuwan Updated Apr 18, 2003

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    Getting to Morcote by car can be time consuming. If you are visiting from Lugano on a daytrip, you can better take the regular Lugano-Morcote passenger boat. The service is frequent, fast and straightforward.

    The boat Lugano-Morcote
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Morcote Local Customs

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    by call_me_rhia Written Jun 7, 2007

    The village's coat of arms is quite bizarre. There are two colour, green and red - meaning hope and courage. In the green part there's a she-pig with her babies; this is taken from the coat of arms of the friars from Vienne (Switwerland) who once resided there. Today there is still a laymen religious society that is important in village life.

    In the red part, courage, there's a lady shepard with her harvest; this is to symbolize freedom... freedom from the local lord of the castle who had all the inhabitants as his unwilling labourers. Strangely enough, because Morcote was a village inhabited mainly by fishermen, there's nothing connected with its traditional occupation.

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Morcote Favorites

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    by call_me_rhia Written Jun 7, 2007

    Favorite thing: Morcote is a small village with about 700 inhabitants on the shore of Lake Ceresio (Lake Lugano). It's a beautiful fishing village that has kept its traditional architecture and characteristics: painted houses with an arched passageway underneath and very narrow lanes with bizarre names.

    It is located about 10 kilometres from Lugano and it is accessible by bus (but beware, they don't run often and only until 6-ish PM) or else by boat. You can also get there by car but I would not recommend it, as the village is notorius for having far too few parking spaces and just one policeman, Dennis, who loves fining foreigners (in this particular case, anyone not from Morcote).

    Fondest memory: Despite being small there are plenty of things to see in Morcote, beside the ladscape and lakescape: the Santa Maria del Sasso church, the monumental cemetery, the tower Torre del Capitano and a beautiful park/botanical garden. It's called Parco Scherrer and you can see a lot of subtropical plants and trees there; in the spring it's impressive.

    detail of a house in morcote

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