A few years ago, while traveling in Italy, I have also visited a very beautiful city of Lugano located by the lake of the same name, close to the Italian border and surrounded by the mountains of Lugano Prealps.
About the City of Lugano.
Lugano is the largest town in the region of Ticino and is not only very popular tourist destination in Switzerland, but also an important Swiss financial and business center. Even if located in Switzerland, the city seems Italian, since most of the people there speak in this language. It is a pretty big town with the population of 71,500, and when you include people living in the nearby smaller cities, which are part of this agglomeration, this number rises to over 145,000. It is actually the 9th largest Switzerland’s city and the biggest one in the Ticino region. An interesting fact is also that it is the largest city with Italian speaking majority outside Italy.
It is really a enchanting, elegant city with wonderful views on the lake and surrounding mountains, a lot of green areas with many parks, a variety of trees and abundance of coloruful flowers, including many camellia trees and other subtropical plants. The mild climate of Lugano makes it even more popular tourist’s destination, particularly in spring, when the camelias are in bloom. I was there in June and many of them were still blooming as well as hundreds of blue and pink hydrangeas and many other flowers.
There are also many elegant building with arches and elaborate metal railings of their balconies, often dressed with an abundance of flowers. The city has many charming villas, captivating old churches, museums, numerous fountains and other monuments. I was impressed not only with the beauty of this city, but also with its cleanness, number of flower decorating the streets and because it seems to be designed to make people living there as comfortable as possible. There are many walkways and some streets are cars free. Along the shore there is not only a lot of greenery, but also multiple bunches making it easy to just sit and relax admiring beautiful views on the lake.
In Lugano, I have noticed many elegant stores, several of them selling famous Swiss watches, knifes and other regional items. I was also able to visit their antique market with many interesting and unique items on display offered for sale.
I was surprised by the number of people walking with their dogs and there was a big variety between dog’s breeds. The town is very clean and orderly. Historic town center is traffic-free, which makes a great place for a walk.
Exploring Lake Lugano.
One of the most popular attractions of Lugano is lake Lugano and the surrounding mountains, which a variety of outdoor activities. I was there just a few hours, so I didn’t have time to explore them further. The main focus of my stay there was the shore and old part of the city. At least I was able to appreciate its beautiful vistas and relax in Paco Civico Villa Ciani, visit a few squares and churches.
It it amazing, that in the Lugano area there is more than 300 km (190 miles) of mountain biking trails. In fact, it is the largest number of such trails in Switzerland. As I have mentioned, the lake itself is a great place to relax, either by taking a walk along its shores, particularly in a very beautiful and colourful Parco Ciani, where I have spent a few hours while there, or by cooling in the water of lake Lugano. Parco Civico Cianni is located along part of the Lugano’s shore and it is quite big – 63,000 sqare meters. It is really a very beautiful place with many old and original looking trees, as well as an abundance of flowers. At the time when I was there, I was particularly impressed with the number and beauty of hydrangeas they had in bloom, as well as some big camellia trees, which were also blooming. You can read my article about this park and see more pictures from there on my other blog – Vibrant Garden here.
The lake is 48.7 square kilometers (18.8 sq miles), of which 63% of which are in Switzerland and 37% in Italy. As many alpine lakes, some parts of the lake are very deep reaching 279 meters (915 ft). Nevertheless, thanks to so mild climate, the water during the summer is usually warm with an average temperatures ranging from 19.5 °C (67.1 °F) to 24.0 °C (75.2 °F). No wonder that many people are bathing in the lake, which is allowed in any of about 50 bathing establishments along Swiss shores. There are also companies offering boat trips to various destinations. It is also possible to rent a boat or take a water taxi.
I wished I could go to one of the summit for breathtaking views of the city, but we had to continue driving. If you have time it is certainly worth to go to to either the nearby Monte Brè (933 meters – 3,061 ft)), to the north (Switzerland’s sunniest spot), or to Monte San Salvatore (912 meters (2,992 ft)), to the south. Monte San Salvatore is well visible in many of my pictures taken from the shore while I was in Parco Civico Villa Ciani. You can reach both mountains by the by funicular railways. To arrive to the railway just take a frequently running city bus or drive there if you have a car.
I Wish I Could Visit Lugano Again.
It is certainly a place well worth seeing and I hope I will be able to return there soon. I highly recommend you visit it as well and allow to see it at least 2-3 days, particularly if you would like to explore the surrounding mountains.
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- Visiting Parco Civico Villa Ciani, Lugano, Switzerland – on my Vibrant Garden blog.
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- Giardino Sigurtà” in Northern Italy – on my Vibrant Garden blog.
- Niagara Parks Botanical Garden – on my Vibrant Garden blog.