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General Information About Lugano

Lugano, the largest town in the holiday region of Ticino, is not only Switzerland's third most important financial centre and a conference, banking and business centre, but also a town of parks and flowers, villas and sacred buildings. With Mediterranean flair, Lugano offers all the advantages of a world-class city, combined with the cachet of a small town.

Lugano lies in a bay on the northern side of Lake Lugano, surrounded by numerous mountains offering splendid viewpoints. The traffic-free historic town centre, the numerous buildings in Italianate Lombardy style, the exclusive museums, the mountains, lake and a packed calendar of events all invite visitors to see the sights, soak up the atmosphere – and enjoy "dolce far niente". Thanks to its mild climate, Lugano is a popular tourist destination in the spring when the camellias are in bloom. 

The town centre with its Mediterranean-style squares and arcades, and numerous parks with sub-tropical plants such as the Parco Civico on the shores of the lake invite you to laze around, enjoying the atmosphere. By the lakeside promenade are the Belvedere Gardens, where the parkland boasts not only camellias and magnolias but also countless sub-tropical plants and modern works of art. 

    • Parco Civico Ciani - Overlooking the shores of lake Ceresio, its 63.000 sq. metres constitute the city’s green lung; it’s a quiet place where you can take nice walks and where it is impossible to remain unperturbed by the grandeur of century old trees. 
    • Monte Brè (925 m) – Lugano's closest mountain can be reached by funicular railway from Cassarate on the outskirts of Lugano. Wonderful panorama of the town, lake and mountains, stretching ri

Monte Bre

"Our advice is stop for a while on the ""summit"" – where two restaurants with a sun terrace welcome you. Descents down to Lugano or the lake, always via the Bre village, are in part pretty steep, as are the nature and archaeological trail to Gandria.

The romantic little Bre village with its grottos has succeeded in maintaining its original character of country settlement – further embellished by numerous works of art.

Altitude: 925m 
View: Over San Salvatore and the Lake Lugano, Melide reservoir and Monte San Giorgio; as well as Valais Alps in the west. 
Attractions: Scenic mountain, starting point for mountain bike tours "

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