Lugano, Switzerland – Ticino Little Italy

Lugano Switzerland by Urban BackpackerLugano, Switzerland is the largest Italian speaking city outside of Italy.

It’s a “Little Italy” in Switzerland – which is why the folks love it here. Dubbed the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland” this blue green lake is situated between Lake Maggiore and Lake Como in the Italian canton of Ticino.

The sixty-three percent of Switzerland mixed with thirty-seven percent Italian prowess, together, have created one of the most beautiful “family travel destination” spots you will ever experience. Planning a trip to Lugano, Switzerland? Below you will find travel treasures and exciting places to take your favorite people. Enjoy!

Lugano, Switzerland Things to do

There is “something for everyone” here at this pristine pre-Alpine Swiss/Italian city round’ the lake. Boasting 190 miles of mountain biking trails in the surrounding mountains, chocolate factory not to be missed, hot air balloon rides, Soave 10 (a restaurant off the busy waterfront) “a perfect restaurant and pizzeria,” and don’t pass up the funicolare’s (cabled mountainside railroads) traveling towards the sky around the city.

Lugano Switzerland by Urban BackpackerYou might haphazardly find yourself floating away in un-skippered boat rentals, booking sailing lessons for the kids, or perhaps a visit to Monte Bre for the day? For hiking ideas and adventure days – click here.

Are you in dire need of pampering? Are you planning the perfect lake view wedding extravaganza? Would you like a royal winter retreat to inspire the soul? Might you dream up a little summer fun for the entire family? Enjoy your vacation or stay-cation at Lake Lugano’s fine villas and waterfront hotels! For a list of the top ten local hotels click here.

The five star Villa Principe Leopoldo Lugano, and it’s lower budget garden patio Residences, will transport you back in time. The prim and proper pampering “assuages and massages” the senses with food, wine, and incredible views. “Indulge your passion for pleasure” while enjoying the decadent spa services at Kiso. The staff makes “the art of working well” look so easy, as they gently nudge you towards your daily royal adventures. Revel yourself on walks in the gardens, enjoy a workout, lounge away at the pools edge, or a rest in the sauna. Your body will thank you.

“The soul is here for it’s own joy.” ~~ RUMI

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