Lugano Region

Canton Ticino — Lugano Welcomes everyone

Discover Lugano region and plan your Switzerland travel: an international city which blends finance and culture. Indulge in the pleasant tranquillity of its parks and the Old-Town’s porticos. Relax with a spot of shopping and a stroll by the lakeside, among the palms and olive trees.

A downtown stroll, rather than a classic city tour. Two surprising locations, although not at first sight, followed by a cooling dip in the lake, but not at the Lido.

The panoramic view makes you first want to focus your eyes and then to close them, but just for a moment to take a deep breath. You don’t see a Lido, and not even a beach, and yet you feel the urge to take off your shoes, roll up your trouser legs and run a few metres into the lake, stopping only when the water reaches your knees. You can do it.


Lugano region is the essence of contrasts of the Switzerland travel. It is a city, an urban centre, a garden, but also a lake. After a walk in Ciani park, after the footpath with its well-ordered rows of flowers, you come to a wooden walkway.

You have reached the mouth of the Cassarate river, where the vegetation runs riot. What else will Lugano region leave in your mind?  

Via Cattedrale, with its comfortable steps leading you unfailingly to the heart of the city? Or the old-time bookshop in Via Nassa, sheltered under the arcades, between shops with big names? This is Lugano.

Has it surprised you? Yes, the eccentric green marble wing of the LAC can be surprising, but it is rather the “backstage” that remains impressed in your mind: the courtyard of the old convent, after the Santa Maria degli Angioli Church, in Piazza Luini. It is just a lawn with an olive tree in the middle, surrounded by centuries old walls and a surprising silence. Here the atmosphere is truly inspiring.

Riforma Square

Riforma Square is the main square of the city of Lugano. During the summer, different events take place there. Its name derives from the constitutional reform of 1839.

The principal building in the square is the Town Hall built between 1840 and 1844 in the neo-classical style. In the atrium between the entrance and the court are placed 5 statues: Giocondo Albertolli, neo-classic architect; opposite Father Francesco Soave, writer; the architect and engineer Domenico Fontana who had the famous obelisk in San Pietro Square built in Rome; the Bishop Giuseppe Maria Luvini, a renowned preacher, the work of the sculptor Vincenzo Vela as the imposing Spartacus. In the Town Hall, besides the offices of the town council, there is also the Information Office of Lugano Tourism.

On Saturdays (8 am — 5 pm) you will find the market of antiques and handicrafts in the Canova and Maghetti areas.

Parco Ciani, Lugano

A beautiful serene park by the lake of Lugano is an enchanted place. The tranquility of this place will leave you mesmerized with overwhelming pungent aura of the numerous colorful flowers and the sparkling reflection of sun basked lake.

There is no better close-up view than from Parco Ciani. While strolling through the park, pause and sit on one of the red benches and admire the scenic view of Monte Bré, Monte San Salvatore and Campione d’italia. Parco ciani is an all rounder, even at night, you can witness a spectacular view of Lugano city; with lights reflecting off the lake, you can’t help but be awe-struck with the panoramic view.

In the park, you would come across «Villa Ciani» which is a beautiful peach colored building. Parco Ciani is also home to Canton Library and Lugano Convention Centre. This place can be a getaway or a get together for many tourists and locals. With swirling paths, lots of green space and children recreational activities, this park is for people of all ages.

The Parco Ciani is part of the Gardens of Switzerland network, which brings togheter the most beautiful gardens of Switzerland.

Lugano is a small but international city, a treasure chest of culture, entertainment, shopping, good food, business and nature. The weather is invariably good and there is really no need to look up “Lugano weather” on your smartphone when exploring Via Nassa or Monte San Salvatore: the sun shines on the many different aspects of the Lugano region.

LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura

LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura is the new Arts Centre dedicated to the visual arts, music and the performing arts, which promises to become one of Switzerland’s most important cultural institutions, with the aim of promoting a wide range of art and establishing Lugano as a cultural crossroads between northern and southern Europe.

Born as a location for sharing and supporting the interdisciplinarity, the LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura immediately established its open approach to encounters regarding art, artists and the collective thanks to its striking architectural structure.

The building, which overlooks the lake, provides space for a rich programme of exhibitions, events, concerts and theatrical and dance performances, along with a variety of cultural initiatives and a packed programme of activities for young people and families.

The LAC is also home to the newly-created Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana (MASI), formed by the merging between the Museo Cantonale d’Arte and the Museo d’Arte Lugano. Located over three floors, the gallery holds a permanent exhibition of Lugano and Cantone Ticino art collection, temporary exhibitions and site specific installations.

A new 1,000 seats concert and theatre hall, entirely wood-panelled and fitted with a special modular and removable acoustic shell, is ready for a varied programme of performances and concerts. The LAC is the main location for LuganoInScena and LuganoMusica (the new name of Lugano Festival) seasons as well as a home for the Compagnia Finzi Pasca and the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana. It is also involved with the seasonal concerts planned by Radiotelevisione Svizzera.

Visitors step into a large hall, designed to be a massive window that immediately minimizes the boundary between inside and outside. Mentioned Hall overlooks to the new Piazza Bernardino Luini, the biggest square of Lugano region, and it opens onto the lake, offering a stunning view Switzerland travel.

This structure is completed by a few other important venues, such as the Teatrostudio, various multi-use rooms, the atelier and the Agorà. The spaces within the ancient Franciscan monastery have been restored as for the new public park, that now belongs to the LAC. Beneath the Piazza Luini the carpark is enriched by site-specific installations by Swiss artist Felice Varini.