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Lugano, Switzerland – Beautiful Lakeside Village in Ticino

Lugano, Switzerland 

Lugano is the biggest city in the Canton of Ticino, the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland.

The city is very affluent and it has been nicknamed “The Monaco of Switzerland”.

It has a Mediterranean climate and atmosphere and is Switzerland’s third most important financial center.

It is situated on Lake Lugano and surrounded by the picturesque mountains of Monte Bre, Monte San Salvatore, and Sighignola.

It is approximately 5 miles from the Italian border.

I have traveled to Lugano many times, flying into Milan, Italy and taking surface transportation to the central train station in Lugano. This is the type of city where you can go to clear your head and unwind. It is difficult to get depressed when everything around you is so beautiful.

Lugano is a tourist destination for Europeans and there are many scheduled events throughout the year. Peruse the Lugano tourism website below to view the entertainment scheduled for the year. Lugano Office of Tourism

The long lakeside promenade is lined with beautiful parks, fountains and statues. The mild climate allows for a variety of species of flora. Palm trees grow here. Yes, Palm Trees in Switzerland.

Lugano is home to Franklin University Switzerland. An American University fully accredited in the U.S. “and” Switzerland. It has a prestigious faculty that was selected from many different countries. The student body is multicultural and has a very strong alumni network. A uniqueness of the University is that it has purposeful academic travel incorporated into its curriculum. If you want your children to get an excellent education while becoming ”world-wise”, then this is the place to send them.

Franklin University Switzerland:

A Beautiful Video of Lugano posted to Youtube by Claudio Mortini:


Things I like to do when in Lugano: Take the funicular in Paradiso to the top of Monte San Salvatore and visit the small old stone church on the pinnacle and experience a few moments of silent contemplation. Have a cappuccino in the restaurant and enjoy the fantastic view. Get on board one of the regularly scheduled boat trips to the quaint Italian villas that dot the lakeside. — Gandria, Morcote, Parc Scherrer, Campione d’Italia, etc. — making sure that I take time to have a nice Italian meal at one of the stops.

Campione d’Italia is across the lake from Lugano. It is an Italian enclave. It has a colorful history, as it is a Tax Free Zone. It probably holds many secrets.

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Lake Lugano


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Franklin University Switzerland Campus


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Franklin University Switzerland Campus

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Lakeside Swimming Pool Lugano


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View from Promenade Lake Lugano


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Fountain at Lake Lugano


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Boat Dock Lake Lugano


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View from Restaurant Lake Lugano


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Lake Lugano Promenade


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George Stewart

[Photo Credits: By ©George Stewart (Own Work)]

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