Lugano & surroundings

Ticino is an unrivalled playground for outdoor activities. From spring to autumn, the choice ranges from relaxing walks along lakeshores to challenging alpine tours, and from artistic and cultural itineraries to gastronomic excursions among vineyards and alpine pastures.


Swiss mediterranean Style

Lugano, the largest town in the holiday region of Ticino, is not only Switzerland’s third most important financial centre and a conference, banking and business centre, but also a town of parks and flowers, villas and sacred buildings. With Mediterranean flair, Lugano offers all the advantages of a world-class city, combined with the cachet of a small town.

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Modern art museum

La Villa Malpensata

Since 2008 the Museo d’Arte, formerly Museo d’Arte Moderna, Villa Malpensata, is responsible for the conservation and promotion of the Municipal Art collection and is committed to the enhancement of the exhibition program dedicated to the art and the artists of the 20th and 21st century. This new orientation expresses new concepts and criteria of the exhibition activities with the purpose of enhancing the relationships within both the local and the international museums networks.

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The Lido and beach of Lugano

Unaltered fascination since 1928

The Lugano Lido (13’000 m2) offers the visitor numerous opportunities: a wonderful fine sandy beach (2’000 m²) on the shores of Lake Ceresio, heated (25°) Olympic swimming pool (50 x 25 m), a medium size swimming pool, (25 x 12.5 m), a diving pool with trampolines up to 10 m high, a pool suitable for children with water games, a beach volley court and a five-a-side football pitch a snack bar and a Lounge.

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Monte San Salvatore

Top of Lugano

The majestic mountain San Salvatore (912 m) rises into the sky of Lugano, offering a unique perspective of the lake, the Lombardic plain and the magnificent range of the Swiss and Savoy Alps. The roof of the church surprises with a stunning 360° panoramic view.

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The Scherrer park and its marvelous castle

“This park offers you the unique opportunity of taking an extraordinary trip through time and space, where past and present, history and nature co-exist in perfect harmony. The park is made up of two areas, each with a predominant style: one Mediterranean and one Asian. The Morcote castle – sole Middle Ages stronghold preserved in the Sottoceneri – it’s placed in the Tenuta Castello di Morcote SA, in the municipality of Vico Morcote. Its dominant sheer position on the lake, 200 m above Morcote’s village, confers a particular charming character. With its characteristic small alleys, the arcades of old patrician homes, valuable architectural monuments and its natural beauty, Morcote is considered “the Pearl of Ceresio”.

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Swissminiatur Melide

Switzerland in miniature

In an area of 14,000 m2, visitors can admire more than 120 models at scale of 1:25 which represent the most important buildings, monuments and transportation means in Switzerland. A 3,560 m long model railway with 18 trains runs through the park. It is fascinating to watch the variety of trains that run along the tracks, cross bridges and stop by at stations. Boats are also in motion on the lakes, cable cars, funiculars go up and down the mountains, and cars move along the highway.

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Fox Town Mendrisio

Unlimited shopping 7/7 days

FoxTown, the biggest factory-stores-center in Southern Europe, is located in Mendrisio, only 15 km from Lugano. The distinctive fox symbolizes a “city of good deals”, where 160 stores, carrying 250 well-known brands, such as clothing, sporting goods, home appliances, fashion-accessories and gifts sell their product at attractive prices, with discounts varying between 30% and 70%. FoxTown’s most important aspect is its innovative sale strategy: well-known manufacturers sell their goods directly to the customers, at factory prices, with a high quality guarantee. Among the brands present at Foxtrown are: Armani, Burberry, Dolce&Gabbana, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Valentino, Versace, Ferrari, Polo Ralph Lauren, Diesel, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Petit Bateau, Adidas, Nike, Puma, Triumph, Swatch, Tod’s , Hogan, Piquadro, Villeroy & Boch.

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Splash & Spa

Water Park with SPA

Magic and energy meet to provide you with an unforgettable experience full of action and fun, well-being and fantasy. This is Splash&SPA Tamaro, the newest water park in Europe. A wave pool, a children splash ground, breathtaking slides, thermal pools and a Spa with saunas and Hamam,.there is everything you need to spend an amazing day.

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Monte Tamaro

Fun and entertainment for the whole family

It is one of the most popular destinations in the region thanks to its offers of entertainment, natural beauty, sports facilities and the famous church of Mario Botta that soars on Alpe Foppa. The unique view of the pre-alpine landscape, the sparkling lake and the snow-capped peaks of the Alps make a magical atmosphere, offering moments of absolute tranquillity. Monte Tamaro also provides fun for the whole family. Adults and children will embark on unforgettable adventures and experience unique emotions. Monte Tamaro is a perfect place to live unique emotions. For children fun is guaranteed by the great and innovative playground and adventure park. Adults, who are a child by heart, find their excitement on the toboggan run and the zip line. Besides the well-known traverse to Monte Lema, there are several other options for hiking lovers. Sportsmen on two wheels find mountain bike itineraries and thrills on the downhill and free ride slopes in the bike park.

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Castels of Bellinzona

Unesco World Heritage

Bellinzona’s castles are considered amongst the finest examples of medieval fortification architecture in Switzerland. As they appear today, the fortifications, whose origins actually go much further back to a prehistoric settlement on Castelgrande hill, are mainly the result of intensive and complex building activity instigated by the Dukes of Milan in the 15th century. The construction of powerful defence installations, which formed a barrage across the whole of the Ticino Valley floor to halt the advance of the confederates, dates back to this period in history. Right up to the present day, these fortifications, with their battlements, towers and gates, continue to be a source of wonder and fascination.

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