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Lugano - Gem of Southern Switzerland

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An October 2005 trip to Lugano by Sierra

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Quote: Sometimes called "the Swiss Riviera," Lake Lugano is tucked into the southernmost region of the Ticino province, with towns like Lugano and Gandria having an Italian flair.

Lugano - Gem of Southern Switzerland

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Overview

Lugano, Switzerland Photo, Lugano, Switzerland
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Lugano (http://www.lugano-tourism.ch) is the largest city in the Ticino region and the third largest banking city in Switzerland. It is blessed with a beautiful lakeside location, warm weather, and natural beauty. It has become a popular destination for conferences as well as sun-seeking tourists who enjoy the many spas and luxury hotels in the area. Due to its topography, Lugano has often been called the "Rio of Europe." When you think Switzerland, the idea of palm trees doesn’t spring easily to mind, but that’s what you’ll find here. The city has a variety of museums and historical buildings to explore, as well as shops, parks, and one of the few casinos in Switzerland. Ad...Read More

Continental Parkhotel Lugano

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Hotel

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The historic Continental Parkhotel Lugano enjoys an enviable position on the hillside above Lugano, outstanding commanding views of the lake, and beautiful gardens, including a working vineyard in the hotel grounds.The Continental consists of two buildings, the main building and annex. The annex building has the Beauregard-style rooms, which, renovated in 1999, include all the amenities of the "standard" rooms in the main building, plus a minifridge and air-conditioning. All rooms include a single or double bed, TV, direct-dial phone, and a shower or bath. The other main difference between the rooms are the views: the annex has limited views, while the main building offers...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2005

Continental Parkhotel Lugano
Via Basilea 28
Lugano, Switzerland 6903
+41 (0) 91 966 11 12

Grotto Morchino

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Restaurant

Grotto Morchino Photo, Lugano, Switzerland
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Traditional grotto (or grotti) are family-run caves or locations in the woods where they would cure and store cheese, meats, spirits, etc. Today, there are restaurants in the heart of villages or cities in Ticino that call themselves grotto and are not true grotto.Grotto Morchino (http://www.morchino.ch/), on the lower slopes of Monte San Salvatore to the west of Lugano, is a very traditional grotto. Its history goes back many years, including a mention in Hermann Hesse's 1919 novel Klingsors letzter Sommer (Klingsor's Last Summer).During the warmer months, you can enjoy your meals in the woods surrounding the restaurant; in ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2005

Grotto Morchino
Via Carona 1
Lugano, Switzerland 6912
091 994 60 44

Gandria

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Attraction

Gandria Photo, Lugano, Switzerland
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One of the most picturesque villages around Lake Lugano is the tiny enclave of Gandria, located just a short distance east of Lugano. Previously it was only possible to reach Gandria via foot or by boat, but a new roadway runs along the hillside above the village, connecting Lugano to Lake Como in Italy. It is also possible to take the funiculore from Cassarate to the hilltop village Bré, and stroll down the hillside to Gandria.You can reach Gandria by foot in about 90 minutes - a leisurely stroll along the lake around the foot of Bré that will take you past the lovely Sentiero dei Fiori (Path of Flowers), the Parco e sentiero dell'olivo (Park of Olives) ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 21, 2005

Gandria
Lake Lugano
Lugano, Switzerland

Cattedrale San Lorenzo

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Attraction

Cattedrale San Lorenzo Photo, Lugano, Switzerland
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The spire of Cattedrale San Lorenzo, located on the Via San Lorenzo below the main train station, is viewable from nearly anywhere in the city. It it just a few minutes walk from either the town center or the station. The church of San Lorenzo has had historical references as a parish as early as 818. The current building dates to the 13th century, although it has only held 'cathedral' status for the past 117 years. The original Romanesque building has undergone several restorations and reconstructions over its 700+ year history to evolve into the church we see today. The façade of the cathedral dates to the very early 16th century, and is considered a masterpiece of renaiss...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2005

Cattedrale San Lorenzo
Via San Lorenzo
Lugano, Switzerland

Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli

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Story/Tip

Last Supper, Lugano Photo, Lugano, Switzerland
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Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli (St. Maria of the Angels Church, c.1490) stands where the chic Via Nassa meets Riva Via Vela, an outwardly-nondescript medieval church that has occupied this prime location facing Lago di Lugano for over 500 years. Do not let the somewhat plain exterior fool you; while it is simple stone on the outside; inside, it's dynamic. The church was built in the 15th century, with the frescoes completed around 1530 by a Lombard painter named Bernardino Luini. Relatively little about the painter's life is known. Although Luini was thought to have been a student of Leonardo da V...Read More