Lake Lugano, Lugano

Protected by low mountain ranges, the glacial Lake Lugano features its own Mediterranean microclimate, warm enough to encourage the growth of citrus and palm trees. The lake sits on the border between northern Italy and southern Switzerland, an area rich in diverse plant life and fossils from prehistoric times. Lugano, a Swiss resort town with a decidedly Italian flavor, serves as a convenient base for sightseeing tours of the mountain-rimmed lake region. Get to know the area quickly by joining a guided boat ride along the lake's picturesque shores, or take the funicular to one of the surrounding mountaintops. Arrange to visit Lake Lugano and other attractions in Lugano using our Lugano road trip planning site .
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  • The edge of the Lake of Lugano is not similar to the other North of Lake I know: Ouchy, Geneva. What I liked is the music. It wasn't a concert for the edge of the Lake, no it was each different snack which had her music and it was a great atmosphere.
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  • Wonderful walk, wishing well shaded. Refreshments along almost the entire route. Beautiful boat sightseeing with possibility of landing near cute grotti. Rental of motorboats and not available. Bathing also.
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  • The views across the lake are amazing and you could sit and watch for hours. We hired a pedal boat to go out and have a swim. The water was a perfect temperature and we only wish we stayed out longer ...  more »

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Picturesque Lugano is known for its deep blue bay and the palm tree-lined waterfront promenade--so it only makes sense to stay close to the heart of the city, the lake. Surrounding the bay are a number of mid-range to high-priced hotels and quaint bed and breakfasts. With such an emphasis on the lake, most of the high-rise hotels have arranged their rooms and balconies in such a way that everyone has a lake view. These waterfront hotels put Lugano a step above its neighboring contenders, outbidding them in style, natural beauty, and sophistication.
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