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Piazza della Riforma

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Address: Piazza della Riforma, Lugano, Switzerland
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Really cute, fascinating buildings, the heart of Lugano. The restaurants are a bit pricey, but totally worth it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A merely pleasant piazza in the pedestrian zone, with attractive buildings around and some (very expensive) restaurants. Look out for the fine delicatessen and fruiterers in side-streets, though these too are expensive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really cute, fascinating buildings, the heart of Lugano. The restaurants are a bit pricey, but totally worth it.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are lots of places to eat here around the square. The square is next to the lake shore and Central Park is a short walk away.

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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This city is lovely and lively, Swiss welfare and Italian laid back lifestyle. Beautiful atmosphere, clean, chocolate smelling air, snowfall, and good company. Had a great time wondering in gorgeous Lugano.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Very charming. Make sure you visit the bar Olympia. Their Ice creams are great. A lot of good restaurants in the area. Very nice shopping in the area.

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Arzier, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

This square is part of a large pedestrianised network of streets that are interesting to walk around and have numerous cafes, restaurants and small bars to rest and relax in if the boutique shopping all around is too expensive - much of it is!

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Lugano, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

A very beautiful "piazza" near the "Lago di Lugano". This small square is surrounded by impeccably restored old buildings, which are a beautiful example of the local pleasant architecture. Many cafes and restaurants offer a selection of local specialities. Sophisticated it is a good place to stop for a coffee, eat a local speciality, or simply get an aperitif after... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

I have been to Lugano many times and Piazza della Riforma is a lovely location to visit; sit and have a coffee (Bar Olympia, Federale) eat (nearby is Bottegone del Vino) and have ice cream. These days of July it hosts Estival Jazz...a free 3 day jazz concert which takes place in this square at night.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

Exactly what you expect to see in Old World Italy. However this is Switzerland! Which makes it even better. We loved this Piazza, it's right in the midst of everything. You have elegant shops nearby, old hotel buildings, offices, and typical side walk cafes. Very carefree setting. Loved seeing this.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

It is a charming square with shops and restaurants not too far from the lake. A great place to relax and enjoy the day.

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