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Private Tour: Lake Como and Valtellina Day Trip with Lunch and Wine-Tasting from Milan
"From Milan (Central train station) take the train to Varenna (approx. 1-hour) a charming little village on the Lake Como right in front of Bellagio another renowned 'treasure' of the lake. Your guide will meet you upon your arrival and you will enjoy a short tour of the picturesque village. Walk through the labyrinth of typically narrow streets some of them built over the rock and cliff right above the water and enjoy a breathtaking view. Then you will drive all the way up to Valtellina which is a valley located in the Lombardy region (northern Italy) that begins right at the top of lake Como. Your guide will drive as much as possible off the main roads so that you can go through some tiny and pristine villages clinging to the mountains. You will stop for lunch (local wine included)
From EUR165.00
 
Sacro Monte of Varese Unesco World Heritage Site Walking Tour
"Meet your group and local guide at the First Chapel then ascend the mountain to see the 14 Chapels representing Jesus's life. Your guide will share the history of each chapel as you travel for 1.5-hours along a 2 km (approximately 1 mile) cobblestone pat the group will visit the permanent Presepe followed by the Sanctuary which is a little gem of baroque art. The guide will show the group the wooden statue of the Black Madonna (30 min). After the Sanctuary spend about 30 minutes visiting the little village of Santa Maria del Monte where it is possible to see mural paintings and stunning views from the windows of typical underpasses. There will be a brief rest stop at the Emporio Shop where visitors can sample local products and do some shopping. The bus will wait for the group at the parking lot located a few minutes walk from the Sanctuary.""""Guided 3-hour walking tour to discover Varese's Sacro Monte
From EUR8.00
 
Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Ferry Tour from Stresa
"Make the most out of your day by arriving in Stresa in early morning. The first ferry leaves at 8am and departures continue every half an hour throughout the day until the evening.Step aboard the comfortable ferry and try to nab a window seat if you peer out over the breathtaking Lake Maggiore and the forested hills and dramatic mountain peaks that rise beyond the shimmering lake’s edge. You are free to hop on and off the ferry as much as you please so you can create a sightseeing itinerary to suit your preferences.Choose to stop first at Isola Bella and pay an entrance fee to explore the sumptuous and ornately decorated 17th-century palace that dominates the island. See the home where the noble fine paintings and antique furniture all displayed in lavishly gilded rococo rooms. Afterward wander around the well-tended formal gardens. Look out for the two white peacocks strutting their stuff amidst the fountains
From EUR15.00

More Off The Beaten Path in Lugano

San Carlo

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...
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ettiewyn
Sep 24, 2012

Funicolar to Monte San Salvatore

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...
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ealgisi
Apr 04, 2011

Tennis Challenger Lugano

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...
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ealgisi
Apr 04, 2011

Bellinzona

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...
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MalenaN
Apr 04, 2009

Aranno Malcantone

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....
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bianchis
Jul 26, 2007

Santa Maria degli Angeli Church

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...
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ealgisi
Apr 20, 2007
 
 
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Monte Tamaro

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...
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ealgisi
Apr 20, 2007

day trip 4: 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...
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call_me_rhia
Apr 13, 2007

Take A Day Trip To Locarno

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...
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AnnS
Oct 27, 2006

Village of Gandria - Lunch and A Beautiful Walk

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...
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AnnS
Oct 26, 2006

day trip 3: carona

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...
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call_me_rhia
May 17, 2004

Same place - different moods

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...
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DionysosCH65
Feb 16, 2004

The sleepy mountain frazione...

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...
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worldtrekker
Feb 01, 2004

Walk on the Sentiero di Gandria 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...
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musti72
Nov 24, 2003

Top Hotels in Lugano

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Piazza Cioccaro 5, Lugano, Ticino, 6900, Switzerland
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Riva Caccia 7, Lugano, Ticino, 6900, Switzerland
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Viale Castagona 31, Lugano, Ticino, 6906, Switzerland
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Via Tesserete 10, Lugano, Ticino, 6900, Switzerland
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Piazza Indipendenza 9, Lugano, Ticino, 6901, Switzerland
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Piazza Rezzonico 7, , Lugano, Cantone Ticino 6900
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Top Things to Do in Lugano

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Monte Bre

Monte Bré provides fantastic views over Lugano and the easiest way to reach the top is by funicular. Bear in mind though that this is Switzerland and the price is steep as well. We paid 23 CHF for a...
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Piazza della Riforma

Piazza Riforma is Lugano's main piazza, and the biggest one. It is a pretty place to discover, with many nice houses surrounding it. The buildings are very colourful, and everything looks neat and...
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Parco Civico

A beautiful large park located lake side. Excellent walking paths take you throughout the park which when we visited in June had colourful garden beds, lush green lawns, many magnificent large...
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Chiesa Santa Maria degli Angeli

Santa Maria degli Angioli is Lugano's most famous church, and the one closest to the lake. From the outside, it looks pretty, but a little plain - however, once you enter, it takes your breath away....
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Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo is the most prominent church in Lugano, it is located high on a hill and can be seen from many locations in town. When you arrive by train and cross the street to have a view of the lake,...
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Lago di Lugano

There are several boat trips available from Lugano and we took the 'Tours in the Bay' trip. It's a short round trip of 60-70 minutes if you stay on board the whole time, but it makes a few stops where...
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yumyum

"Welcome to sunny Lugano"
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thinking

"LUGANO -BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL"
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ettiewyn

"Lugano - a day trip to Ticino"
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"Welcome to my hometown, Lugano!"
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