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Olive Trail

Via Cortivo, Lugano, Switzerland
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Ranked #10 of 31 Attractions in Lugano
Type: Trails
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The antique Oliven-footpath in Lugano-Castagnola to Gandria begins in the antique nucleo of Castagnola at paneel nr. 18. Castagnola is the most exclusive quarter of Lugano near the lake at foot of Monte Brè (the sunniest mountain of Switzerland) and reachable by bus nr. 2 at Post office of Castagnola or by ship at Museum Villa Heleneum. It is a... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Stay in the Moosmann hotel in Gandria, and after a great lakeside breakfast, stretch your legs on the long meandering walk into Lugano. (our 4yr old managed it without issue!) There is also a great hotel for a coffee-stop half way! beautiful

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Norfolk, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This beautiful forested trail hugs the shore of Lake Lugano, meandering through small hamlets. Along the way, there are interpretive signs that describe the history and cultivation of olives (you will see some - they were still small and green in early July). You'll see fig trees and interesting geological features as well. The highlight for me was Gandria, where... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We asked several locals and walked for miles looking for this path described as a gentle 3k walk. We ended up meandering through private neighborhoods, steep stairs and even a museum! There were a couple signs - but they led no where.

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New Jersey, USA
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15 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Took slow boat to Gradia and ate lunch in charming place. The took scenic and beautiful walk back to Lugano

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Northern VA
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6 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This walk hugs Lake Lugano and, as such, has some beautiful views. It's really not much of a trail, though. There are signs about olives, but that's the only thing that'd let you know it was an "Olive Trail". Still, there are excellent restaurants along the walk with dynamite views of the lake, plus there is a free public beach... More

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Long Beach, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Lots of fun, short walk to very cute town of Gandria, try to eat at ristorante le bucca di Gandria, excellent food, owners and view

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British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is a beautiful amble past numerous olive trees (one reviewer said only 6, but I don't think they knew what olive trees look like) with information about "anything olive" along the way. Past gorgeous villas, small lidos, inns and terraces.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is a very nice walk along the lake. There is information along the way about the olive trees that once flourished there. Please note that the trail actually starts about a mile past the City Park on the way to Gandria. That mile before the actual trail is mostly through the business district and not particularly memorable, but the... More

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Surrey, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Minimal tourists, learned a little about olives, beautiful scenery, not a difficult walk cute little restaurants and stops and a beautiful pottery store where he husband makes it and his wife paints it. Such an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. Plus jasmine, rosemary figs and olives trees line the walk and the air smells sweet.

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