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Lake Lugano, Lugano

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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. Add Lake Lugano to your Lugano travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Lugano tourist route planner.
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  • Hard to avoid the beautiful lake when visiting Lugano. Take a boat ride, visit a lido or take a stroll along the lake. You won't be disappointed!  more »
  • The Lake Lugano region has an Italian feel to it as it is bordering Italy. The lakeside is beautiful and full of nice shops and eateries. One can just sit by the lake and watch the world go by. We hir...  more »
  • We have shared after our working meetings an impressive boat-tour along the lake. It's worth to spend some time in visiting it: nice houses, perfectly adapted to a natural environment, nice people at ...  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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