Lake Lugano
Lake Lugano
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Martin Carroll
Winchester, VA649 contributions
We were in northern Italy on a tour of Italy. Our tour guide was also the owner of the company. So, he was in charge. The night before we were to leave for Lake Como, some of the veterans of travel approached our tour guide about switching locations to Lake Lugano in Switzerland. We all voted in the morning and paid $25 more for the taxes and we were off to Lake Lugano.
Lake Lugano is stunning. The mountains run down into the very blue lake. My wife and I had never seen anything like that.
We had lunch at the Tango restaurant. the food was good but I had the opportunity to see our waiter in action. His language skills were amazing. We talked to us in very good English and then talked with customers in German, Italian and French. He was amazing. I was told later that the language skills of the swiss very good.
We wandered around and took in the amazing views. We did a little shopping for Swiss chocolates (very good). We watched the locals play chess for a while. (see photo)
One thing to add was that the city was extremely clean. At a much higher level than we experienced in Italy.
Then, we got back on the bus and headed for dinner in Lake Como where we had reservations that we had to keep. Our experience in Lake Lugano was excellent. Our group made a good decision.
Written August 24, 2021
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SOUTHLAND02
Atlanta, GA50 contributions
Don't miss a chance to 'explore' this beautiful body of water... a 4-5 hour journey that visits destinations like Morcote should be on your list of 'things' to do. Itbwas a beautiful afternoon that never felt too long.
Written September 7, 2022
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Brita S
Aberdeen, NJ134 contributions
Stopped here on the way from Lake Como to Lucerne and loved it. Actually liked it a lot better than crowded Como. Beautiful views, nice promenade by the Lake in Lugano, good restaurants - would recommend staying here!
Written August 22, 2022
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CheshireNess
Oxfordshire, UK10 contributions
We enjoyed exploring Lake Lugano by various means of transport. It was wonderful to see the villages around the lake by boat and we stopped off in Morcote for two hours - so worth seeing. We also took the funicular up Monte San Salavatore for spectacular 360 degree views. Electric bikes were also a wonderful way to explore Lugano town, head around the shore to Gandria and explore the villages uphill from Paradiso.
Written August 28, 2021
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David H
Cambridge, MA796 contributions
This town and lake are worth a visit. Beautiful vistas in many different directions, lots of fun places to eat and drink, and, in the summer, great opportunities for water activities ranging from motorboats to paddle boats to windsurfing. There are a limited number of public beaches along the lake although there are docks where one can enter the lake or private clubs and bars where one can buy a drink and then swim in a restricted area. The water is pleasantly cool (26C in early July) and the mountain views are fabulous!
Written July 10, 2022
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Wynn R
Morgan Hill, CA1,817 contributions
While in the lake region at the Swiss/Italian border, it is less crowded than the Como lake. A short train ride from Milan to see the beginning of the Alps with swans drifting on the lake. I would not mind having a house here.
Written April 1, 2020
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SNeudoerfer
Frankfurt, Germany94 contributions
Friends
Lugano offers many choices to spend a lovely time there. Rent a motor boat and spend a few hours on the lake (at least 2 hours as time flies), relax at a small beach location (lido di lugano), or go dining and sometimes enjoy life music, or a club at night...
Better than Locarno, which is much smaller, but still nice.
Written September 5, 2020
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The Swiss Nomad
Lugano, Switzerland3,132 contributions
Couples
I'm from here and in generally I prefer the sea, but I must say Lugano's lake is really wonderful, clear, offers a lot of activities, such as paddle boarding, boat tours, boat rentals, or you can just walk around the quai.
The water is mostly crystal-clear, gets very warm during the summer and you can access the lake from several spots.
If you come to Lugano, take your swimsuit, a hat, sunglasses and a sun lotion and enjoy our lake as much as you can.
Written June 29, 2021
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George
Zurich, Switzerland6 contributions
We spent a time in Swiss and in Italy by different lakes. It is really nice to visit places on the coast of the lakes and enjoy its' nature. We were driving around with a private car which makes it much easier to stop, take pictures and decide in which place would you like to spend more time at.
Written August 2, 2020
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MeganMunro
Toronto, Canada1,223 contributions
Couples
We stopped into Lugano on our way North and are so glad we did. The waterfront area is so clean and had beautiful landscaping. When we were there, there was an art exhibit of silver glaciers floating and their surreal look made our way extra special. This city is really stunning - clear lake, mountains and lots of very well-dressed people going about their daily business. Parking is tricky, so we parked about ten minutes out of the city Centre.
Written January 19, 2020
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