Ticino and LuganoBack to Northern Italy and Switzerland: The Lakes to the Mountains »
Ticino is Switzerland's Italian region and offers a perfect blend of Italian chic and Swiss quality, along with a Mediterranean climate and plenty of active pursuits. This is the land of verdant mountains, beautiful lakes (Lugano and Maggiore), and charming villages. Spend time exploring Lugano and its surrounding villages.
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- Art and Culture
- Natural Beauty
- Food and Wine
- Bellinzona, the capital of Ticino, offers a picturesque Old Town and three superbly restored castles. The most striking, Castello di Montebello, contains two museums.
- Climb one of the three peaks in the Lugano area: Mont Brè, Mont San Salvatore, or Mont Generoso.
- Lugano is beautiful and sophisticated. Walk along the lake promenade and take your pick of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cantonal Art Museum, or the Belvedere Gardens.
- Indulge in the local cuisine, which is rustic and hearty. Specialties include osso bucco, polenta, and merlot.
- Head to the fabled Castagnola parks, a short tram ride east from Lugano, where you'll see olive groves and wild rosemary.
- Visitors will find Alpine drama and subtropical colors in Isole de Brissago, a group of islands about 50 minutes from Lugano.