Lugano, Switzerland

By | January 11, 2023

“Rio de Janeiro of the Old World” is how Lugano, a lakeside city in the Italian part of Switzerland, is called for its temperament and climate. Several urban recreation areas on the coast offer vacationers swimming and water sports: windsurfing, paragliding, sailing boats and water skiing. Hiking along mountain trails, horseback riding, mountain biking, and golf are very popular. The resort will also be of interest to shopping lovers: the city’s boutiques offer products from the most famous Italian fashion houses, while it costs less than in Milan. The city’s nightlife revolves around the Kursal leisure and entertainment center, casinos, nightclubs and discos. Check intershippingrates for more cities and countries in Europe.

How to get there

Flight to Zurich, then transfer for about 3 hours.

Lugano also has its own small Agno airport, from where Darwin Airlines flies to London via Bern, as well as to Rome (Fiumicino airport), Geneva and Olbia (Sardinia). Flybaboo flies to Geneva, Swiss to Zurich.

There is one mail bus a day to St. Moritz through Italy on a scheduled Friday to Sunday (daily from June to mid-October and from late December to early January). The cost is Sfr67 (minus Sfr15 when using the Swiss pass), the journey takes 4 hours. You can reserve a seat at the bus stop, at the railway station or by calling 091 807 85 20. All post buses leave from the bus station on Via Serafino Balestra.

You can rent a car from Hertz (091 923 46 75; Via San Gottardo 13) and Avis (091 913 41 51; Via Clemente Maraini 14).

Weather in Lugano

The climate in Lugano is uniform, comfortable, not hot. The average annual temperature is +11.5 °C. The winters here are not very severe, and the real spring begins in early March. Warm autumn days last until November.

See also the current weather forecast in Lugano for 10 days.


Buses leave for the airport from Piazza Manzoni (one way/round trip Sfr10/18) and train station (Sfr8/15). The timetable is available at the tourist office. Taxis can be ordered by phone: 091 971 21 21 and 091 971 91 91. To the airport it will cost Sfr20.

Bus number 1 runs from Castagnola in the east through the center to Paradiso, bus number 2 runs from central Lugano to Paradiso, stopping at the railway station. A single trip costs between Sfr1.20 and Sfr2 depending on the distance, or Sfr5 for a day pass. The main car terminal is located on Pestalozzi street.

Entertainment and attractions of Lugano

Palace of Palazzo Civico in the magnificent park of Parco Civico, where open-air concerts are constantly held, Villa Malpensata, Church of Santa Maria del Angioli (16th century), Church of San Rocco (15th century).

The City Museum of Fine Arts (Städtisches Kunstmuseum) was founded by Antonio Caccia in 1893. This wealthy patrician from Morcote bequeathed his country house – Malpensata (Malpensata) – to the storage of the museum’s collection, where it is today. The exposition includes paintings by local masters of the second half of the 19th century. and the first half of the 20th century.

The Cantonal Museum of Art (Museo cantonale d’arte) was inaugurated in 1987 in the very center of Lugano. The museum plays an important role in Tessin’s cultural activities, its collections bringing together the masterpieces of Italian Swiss artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Notable is the children’s park “Switzerland in Miniature” in the nearby town of Melide, which is a 10-minute drive from the center of Lugano. Here you can see all the sights of Switzerland on a scale of 1:25 on an area of ​​several hectares.

A separate pleasure for both adults and children is a visit to the Alprose Chocolate Museum, which is also located near Lugano. It is considered the only museum in the world of this universally loved delicacy.

Park Ciani (or Civico Park) on the shore of the lake, not far from the city center, is considered one of the most beautiful parks in Switzerland. A large collection of subtropical flora, palm trees, exotic plants, roses, azaleas, magnolias and camellias, as well as bright Mediterranean vegetation are available. In addition, the park attracts attention with the elegant Villa Ciani, which today houses the Civic Museum.

Lugano, Switzerland