The ride up Mount San Salvatore was spectacular. The funicolare (cog-wheel incline train, cost $10.14 USD per person) took 12 minutes to reach the top, with departures every half hour. The 360-degree view of Lugano and the surrounding areas was breathtaking. Dark clouds moved in quickly and positioned themselves midway between us and the lake, yet did not block the view, but only enhanced it. My photographs of this site are incredible. From the top of San Salvatore, a panoramic hiking tour leads you through a natural park and allows you to view the treasures of the local flora. With a gourmet restaurant, a self-serve restaurant and a free picnic area there is a nice variety of refreshments for any taste. There is also a museum and an old church that were quite interesting. Then back down on the funicolare, a long walk along the shore of Lake Lugano for our next adventure.
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November 16, 2006
You can see Monte San Salvatore from the boardwalk in Lugano - it is the rounded mountain raising up from the lake, the symbol of Lugano. To get to the mountain, take a bus or car to Paradiso and Monte San Salvatore. Here, you will be able to buy a ticket for the funicular. The funicular goes up the mountain, and if you can snag a seat at the front of the car, you will get a beautiful view of the cities of Lugano and Paradiso.
You switch cars halfway up the mountain, and continue onwards to the summit. Once you arrive there is a ridiculously overpriced cafeteria, and a few paths and stairs to walk up. Head up towards the church for a panoramic view around the lake. Climb up the steps that are on the outside of the building for an even better view! Monte San Salvatore is definitely worth the trip! For directions and pricing information, visit www.montesansalvatore.ch
From journal Ticino: Attractions and Activities
by Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas
November 13, 2000
From journal 24 hours in Paradise