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Lugano - The home of la dolce vita, Swiss style

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A May 2003 trip to Lugano by Invicta73

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Quote: Having spent a lot of time in the German speaking part of Switzerland, I felt that visiting Ticino would be a good way of experiencing a different side of the country. My destination was the city of Lugano, which proved to a charming place.

Lugano - The home of la dolce vita, Swiss style

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One version of a well-known joke states that in heaven, among other things, the Italians are the cooks and everything is organised by the Swiss, and these criteria could also apply to Lugano. The lack of the English police, French lovers, and German mechanics also mentioned in the witticism possibly indicates that it is not quite paradise, but nevertheless, the combination of two sets of national traits is probably the single most appealing thing about the place. The city has a picturesque backdrop featuring a lake and some mountains, which is obviously quite characteristic of Switzerland. In addition, the high level of efficiency and orderliness found throughout the country exists, but in com...Read More

Hôtel Walter au Lac

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Hotel

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Finding somewhere to stay that is both reasonably priced and decent in an expensive country like Switzerland can sometimes be quite difficult. However, it was my good fortune to discover one such place in Lugano, the Hôtel Walter Au Lac. As well as being affordable, it also proved to be likable from the moment that I was warmly welcomed by one of the efficient and helpful members of staff. The establishment has been in business for more than 100 years, and occupies a grand nineteenth century purpose built edifice. It has a prime location on the waterfront, within easy walking distance of most of the main points of interest. Many of the rival accommodation options in the city also have...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 6, 2003

Hôtel Walter au Lac
Piazza Rezzonico
Lugano, Switzerland
(91) 922-7425

La Tinera

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Restaurant | "La Tinèra"

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Of the numerous ways to experience Ticino's many similarities to neighbouring Italy, my favourite is sampling the local cuisine, which much commonly features polenta or risotto instead of the fondue or rösti more usually encountered elsewhere in Switzerland. As one of the biggest cities in the canton, it is perhaps unsurprising that Lugano is home to many establishments that serve tasty regional fare, including the excellent and justifiably highly regarded La Tinèra. The restaurant is located in a basement on a narrow side street within the city's old town. Despite being quite small inside, it nevertheless attracts a large number of both residents and tourists. The combination of size ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2003

La Tinera
Via Dei Gorini 2
Lugano, Switzerland 6900
091 923 52 19

Lugano / Morcote Sights

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Attraction | "Lugano Sights"

Lugano / Morcote Sights Photo, Lugano, Switzerland
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Lugano is not an especially large place, nor does it have a wide range of major sights. However, there are nevertheless some interesting things to visit, which I found enhanced the generally very enjoyable experience of simply being in the city. The lovely tree lined lakeside promenade and the historic centre that spreads back uphill from it are both excellent territory for pleasant walks. The latter is a maze of cobbled lanes that are home to an intriguing mix of boutiques, cafés, delicatessens, and suchlike. There are also several airy squares that are great locations for people watching, most notably the spacious Piazza della Riforma, which is home to the grand neo-classical Municip...Read More

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Lugano / Morcote Sights
Throughout Lugano / Morcote
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano / Morcote Sights

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Attraction | "Around Lugano - Morcote"

Lugano / Morcote Sights Photo, Lugano, Switzerland
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Morcote is reputedly one of Switzerland's most attractive spots. Such praise, which I can certainly sympathise with, is probably reason enough alone to make the relatively short trip if staying in nearby Lugano. In addition, a couple of ways to get there should make visiting the picturesque little place even more appealing. It is possible to either enjoy pleasant scenery whilst travelling across the lake by boat, or to hike for several mills along the undulating shoreline. Both enjoyable journeys finish at the beautiful village centre, which occupies the lower portion of a small mountain at the end of a peninsular to the south of the city. Fishing was once the mainstay of the local ec...Read More

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Lugano / Morcote Sights
Throughout Lugano / Morcote
Lugano, Switzerland

Travelling on the Bernina Express

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Bernina Express - Bridge at Bivio Photo, Lugano, Switzerland
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The Swiss public transport system is not only the epitome of the nation's famed reputation for good organisation and cleanliness, but also extensively covers what is one of the most beautiful parts of Europe. Therefore, it seemed to me that making a scenic railway excursion was an obvious thing to do whilst in the country. In fact, one of my primary motivations for going to Lugano was that I could return from the city on the Bernina Express, one of the routes intended to provide visitors with almost unrivalled opportunities to enjoy the spectacular mountainous backdrops. The first leg involved leaving Ticino and traverses the pleasant rolling hills of Lombardy towards Tirano, spending a lot of...Read More