The land-locked country of Switzerland is an intricate mesh of European cultures. Bordering northern Italy, the Ticino region is a perfect escape to immerse yourself in Italian culture.
Magnificent architecture, pristine glacial lakes and chilled vibes await in this Alpine paradise. Whether you’re itching for a day of shopping or taking in the majestic views of alluring mountain peaks, you’re in for a breathtaking excursion.
Hop on board the nearest train and race to Lugano for a day of total relaxation!
Take a Boat Cruise on Lake Lugano
Hands down, the most enchanting way to spend the day in Lugano! Boats depart hourly to whisk visitors away on a fairy-tale ride around this gorgeous sapphire-blue lake.
Feel the soothing breeze as the stunning views of the mountains take your breath away. The daily cruises departing Lugano can take you across the border to Italy or drop you off at one of the grottos.
Tip – If you purchased a Swiss Travel Pass, many of the boat cruises in town will be included at no extra cost.
Soak Up the Sweeping Views from Monte Brè
For astonishing imagery of Lugano from above, venture to the neighboring Monte Brè to witness pure magic!
The convenient location of the mountain creates a perfect side-trip for anyone looking to embark on an outdoor adventure. Ride the funicular railway to the top and enjoy a plethora of hiking and biking trails. The scenic landscapes of the Bernese Alps is astonishing as you soak up the warmth of the sun.
Make a pit stop by the charming village of Brè during your descent and marvel at its grandiose artwork before riding the bus back to Lugano.
Catch a Glimpse of the Lugano Cathedral
One of the first images to greet you off the train in Lugano is its gorgeous cathedral overlooking the town. The church has an illustrious history going back to the 9th century and its current facade was built in exquisite Renaissance-style.
The interior is beautifully decorated with mesmerizing frescoes, masterful paintings above the altar and Baroque craftsmanship.
Smell the Radiant Flora at Parco San Grato
Those in search of another nature escape will be in paradise wandering the botanical gardens of San Grato. The diverse collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and other colorful flowers in bloom provide Nature lovers an idyllic setting above Lugano.
Numerous hiking trails meander through the gardens and the sweet aroma soothes your senses. Take in the picturesque alpine views along the mountaintop and enjoy the heavenly environment.
In particular, the springtime provides an enchanting world of flora reaching its peak color.
Shopping Extravaganza Down Via Nassa
Lugano is a shopper’s paradise and a stroll down the quaint Via Nassa is the best place to find a memorable keepsake. During your promenade, admire the walkway’s striking architecture featuring rows of porticoes.
Designer clothing, jewelry, antiques, food markets and bakeries are just a handful of the places of interest you will find.
Tip – The shops located on this elegant street close early on Saturdays and are closed on Sundays.