Lugano’s history dates back to at least the Stone Age. In fact, fossil remains have proven that Lugano used to stand below sea level. Stone age evidence includes fossils, and various remains sometimes found at excavation sites. People living in pile dwellings inhabited the area, as found by various excavations on sites throughout Lugano where remains from the the Paleotic Era have been found.

The famous lake on which Lugano sits, was formed by glaciers of the sub alpine region;  the lake is actually only 2/3 Swiss and 1/3 Italian. The lake itself looks from above more like a river, as it snakes through the region similar to a river.

Lugano’s urban development likely began right around 1800, when the medieval form of cities became outmoded and literally walls came down. The social dynamic changed, which also led to a change in the city’s vision of itself. Toward the end of the 18th Century, the city became more of a tourist hub, with hotels being developed and a tourist industry being born.

Today, Lugano appeals to travelers looking for an active getaway in the winter and a relaxing getaway anytime. Its unique location beside neighboring Italy makes it an easy getaway for tourists to Switzerland or Italy.