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Why Go on a Tour of Lugano

Beautifully set in Southern Switzerland near the borders of Italy in the region of Ticino, Lugano is unlike any other destination in the country. Often called "little Italy", the captivating town stands on the shores of Lake Lugano and allures travelers with its natural beauty.

The charming postcard-like views of mountains and colorful palaces and buildings reflecting in the clear waters of the glacier lake are only one of the top reasons to choose in favor of Lugano travel. And for the best panoramas and impeccable photo opportunities, consider taking a funicular ride up to the top of Monte Bre or Monte San Salvatore.

What you most likely will notice is that the town and its surroundings are very reminiscent of the Lombardy region of neighboring northern Italy, and to many peoples' surprise, Lugano locals are actually Italian speakers!

The city has many things in store for travelers, as such, it is advisable to begin your Lugano sightseeing with the major square, Piazza della Riforma, where you can treat yourself to a glass of local wine in one of the many petite cafes.

Certainly, the historic Chiesa Santa Maria degli Angeli church shouldn't be left aside as this centuries-old church is home to the 16th-century fresco by Bernardino Luini. Stepping inside the church, you'll surely get a feeling that you've jumped back in time. One more religious site to put on your Lugano tour agenda is the 15th-century Cathedral of San Lorenzo.

The town also boasts many peaceful gardens and parks which are simply perfect for relaxing strolls. As such, the Parco Civico-Ciani are worth a visit. For fans of off-the-beaten-path walks, the Olive Grove Trail is another charming route passing olive trees for a great pastime. Of course, a boat ride along the lake is another must, the ones passing the colorful village of Gandria are a highlight.

Top 3 Things to Do in Lugano

  • Step inside the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and Chiesa Santa Maria degli Angeli
  • Enjoy marvelous views of Lugano during a boat ride along the lake
  • Taste the traditional Lugano dish, called Piadina

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