10 Best Things to Do in Lugano

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Museo Hermann Hesse

The Hesse Museum in Lugano, Switzerland, is the home of the private art collection of the Swiss writer and philosopher Hermann Hesse. It is housed in a converted convent building in the former village of Sementina, which is now a suburb of the city of Lugano.

The collection includes paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints, which together cover the whole spectrum of the 19th and 20th Centuries. The collection includes the work of artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Renoir, Gauguin, Monet, J. C. Leyendecker, Schiele, and Klimt.

Villa Fogazzaro Roi

Gandria

Lugano is a very touristic city both in summer and winter, but, I recommend to go there in summer as Gandria is very beautiful. The most popular thing to do in Gandria is to watch the majestic Gandria Lake and walk on the sandy beach.

Lugano is a very touristic city both in summer and winter, but, I recommend to go there in summer as Gandria is very beautiful. The most popular thing to do in Gandria is to watch the majestic Gandria Lake and walk on the sandy beach.

Lugano is a very touristic city both in summer and winter, but, I recommend to go there in summer as Gandria is very beautiful. The most popular thing to do in Gandria is to watch the majestic Gandria Lake and walk on the sandy beach.

Lugano is a very touristic city both in summer and winter, but, I recommend to go there in summer as Gandria is very beautiful. The most popular thing to do in Gandria is to watch the majestic Gandria Lake and walk on the sandy beach.

Lugano is a very touristic city both in summer and winter, but, I recommend to go there in summer as Gandria is very beautiful. The most popular thing to do in Gandria is to watch the majestic Gandria Lake and walk on the sandy beach.

Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

The beautiful Vecchia Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, or Old Cathedral, is the parish church for the city of Lugano. In Venetian times, the building had four bells, but during the 19th century, it was damaged and the bells were taken down. In 1960, the cathedral was rebuilt with a single bell, replacing the older ones.

This historic building is located on the main axis running through the heart of Lugano in via Egidio Ferroniat.

The bell in question weighs 605 kg and is called the San Lorenzo bell. It is said to be the largest gilded bronze bell currently in use in Switzerland. The front of the cathedral is decorated by four columns representing the evangelists, with the names of Jesus Christ, Saint Lawrence and the four doctors of the church carved along the base of one of the columns. On the "fresco-wall" of the inner chamber is a beautiful painted ceiling dating from 1843–44, depicting the "Adoration of the Magi" by an unknown artist.

Legend holds that this cathedral was where the Romans held their first council after the victory in the Battle of Actium in 31 BC.

Olive Trail

The olive trees in Lugano are also found on the European Olive Trail for their great taste and healthy olive oil. The trees can be found in the previous vineyards such as Santa Margherita to the West, Mondovì to the North, Cardada to the West, Melide to the South, and in the old town of Lugano. Along the way you can see the properties (here and there) of various olive oil makers as well as taste their various products. Along the route you will come across numerous gardens, terraced hillside and park areas overgrown with olives.

To take the tour, you will visit the most important olive groves. You will see the trees, both the big and the small, the millions of olive branches, the white and yellow, and the green. And you will taste the variety of olive oil and oil-derived products that are produced in the hills of Lugano. At the end of your visit, you will have a better understanding of what the famous olive oil of Lugano is made of.

The Olive Oil Trail allows you to discover the traditional, historical and cultural aspects of olive oil in Lugano. On the trail you will visit the best producers of olive and olive oil, which are the companies that you can visit for tasting and buying.

This trail allows you to discover the traditional, historical and cultural aspects of olive and olive oil in Lugano.

Piazza della Riforma

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Nothing quite beats the beauty of the Old Town of Lugano, sitting in an elevated position with the pristine waters of the lake Lugano as the backdrop. The elaborate terraced gardens, hidden stairways and stores that are a feature in the Old Town are fascinating to visit. * See the Old Town!

  • Take a boat trip!
  • Explore the Lugano Cathedral and St. Martin’s Church.
  • The Museum of Art and History is housed in a beautiful Art Nouveau building and houses notable archaeological finds from the area.

Hours of operation: Tues-Sat: 10 am – 6 pm; Sun: 10 am – 2 pm.

Admission fee: CHF 8 per person, CHF 6 for children aged 6-16.

Address: Piazza della Riforma (Courtyard in the Square)

Tel: 04238.918.10

Website: museumluganochistorica.ch

Note: It’s a wonderful museum that also has regular exhibitions.

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Santa Maria degli Angioli Church

The church was built in the Gothic architectural style and it is one of the most important traces of the city's history. It has an octagonal plan and it was built between the first and the second half of the 12th century. It has been heavily damaged in the past due to different fires, but it has been restored several times, with the latest restoration being done in the late 19th century. You can see the arches in the inside of the church that were built during the restoration. In contrast with the outside of this church, the inside is completely Gothic, which is not very common.

Among the interesting details inside the church there is a Gothic font that appears to have been carved out of a single stone and this was built during the second half of the 12th century.

On the other side of the church, you can see a primitive sculpture known as the Madonna of the Mule. The statue was created during the second half of the 14th century and it's very well preserved.

Monte Bre

(150 meters above the city centre)

Monte Brè (meaning middle hill) is one of the famous mountain in Italy and perfect for those who looking for some fun and nice summer activity. It's a pleasant walk when the weather is warm.

Inspired by an oudated road system, the walk is paved with steps of four feet and is dotted with sculptures left by the local artist. It leads to the villa at the top of the hill where you can stop and visit a small Thali restaurant before continuing on to the top of the hill.

The first part of the route is called the Sguardata Della Madonnina (The View of the Madonna) and it offers a magnificent view of the town below you.

You can make the complete circle, either clockwise or counter-clockwise, and a distance of 6.4 miles. The entire route takes about 1.5 hours.

The villa was built in the 17th century and it currently houses the National Museum of Antonelliana and the Galleria Nationale d'Arte of Lugano.

Parco Civico

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Parco Civico, or Civic Park, is the oldest in Lugano, and was established in the 5th century. The park runs along a main street that stretches along the navigable river for about three kilometers until it reaches the northern bank. Parco Civico is one of a few things you can see in Lugano.

The park was established by the Lugano Municipal Council, in order to provide a large green area around the town. While the main avenue that acts as the border of the park is really a scenic street, it is also used as a multi-purpose path.

Various interesting things can be found in the park. The most popular attraction is the Old Church, which dates back to the 12th century. The church has suffered several damages throughout its history, but it is currently in a good state of preservation.

With its Gothic architecture, its plain interior, and excellent sound quality given by the carved wooden ceiling, the church fits the Romantic style of the region. The church also features a small museum that exhibits archaeological findings that have been recovered from the various excavations carried in the park.

Other local attractions in the park include the Shrines of St. Stephen and St. Antonius Abbot, built in the 17th century by Father Claude Monteux with the latest architectural paintings. Among them are the sculptures of the Virgin Mary and John kissing.

Monte San Salvatore