Shrouded in mountainous majesty and covered in blooming parks and green gardens, the Swiss town of Lugano offers an idyllic combination of provincial pleasantry and metropolitan culture. A rich Mediterranean influence exudes from the opulent villas and sacred structures that decorate the area, complementing the museums that speak eloquently of an intriguing historic heritage. Sit in an ambient arcade to enjoy a rich and robust coffee in a quaint café; wander captivating collections of classic art in revered galleries; or hike to the summit of Lugano’s surrounding mountains to enjoy unforgettable views from a vertiginous vantage point.
Hailed as the town’s green lung, the verdant vision of Parco Civico Ciani overlooks the stunning shores of Lake Ceresio and provides a serene sanctuary in which to reflect amongst nature. Ancient trees exude ancient grandeur while pretty flower gardens add an additional layer of aesthetic beauty.
Fine frescoes from renaissance masters decorate the interior of Church Santa Maria, a definitively Mediterranean structure that enjoys a prime position in the town’s historic heart. Wander the interior to enjoy the impressive altar piece and see if you can unravel the rich religious scenes.
Lugano’s cultural offering rivals that of cities twice its size. Undoubtedly its most compelling cultural contribution is the Museo Cantonale d’Arte, a revered museum that has earned international repute because of its excellent exhibits. Artworks come from painting pioneers such as Klee, Jawlensky and Renoir and confirm the inspiring quality of this talismanic town.
Hailed as one of the town and the region’s finest restaurants, the remarkably romantic Ristorante Galleria Arte al Lago occupies a prime position upon the shores of the lake. Gourmet gastronomy draws inspiration from the bounteous produce of the surroundings while creative cosmopolitan influences ensure dishes are perfectly presented and exquisitely executed. (Piazza Bossi 7, Lugano 6900, Italy)