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Lugano

(4.2/5 based on 5,500+ reviews for top 30 attractions)
Things to do: nature, parks, historic sites

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland. The city represents an important banking and business center, but offers more than just stiff suits. Situated on Lake Lugano, with the Lugano Prealps as the city's backdrop, Lugano provides visitors ample opportunity for outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, mountain biking, and boating. Because of the growing numbers of celebrities and professional athletes visiting the city, Lugano has earned the nickname Monte Carlo of Switzerland. The warm summer weather, tropical palm trees, and lakeshore boulevards make Lugano a popular holiday destination. Use our Switzerland vacation trip planner to arrange your visit to Lugano and any other destinations in Switzerland that take your fancy.
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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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