Ticino Sights

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Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Behind this church's early-Renaissance facade is a baroque interior with carefully restored frescoes and a baptismal font dating from...

Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The simple facade doesn't prepare you for the riches within. Begun in the late 15th century, the church contains a magnificent fresco...

Giardino Belvedere

  • Garden/Arboretum

This lakefront sculpture garden frames a dozen modern works with palms, camellias, oleanders, and magnolias. At the far west end there's...

Herman Hesse Museum

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In the tower of the Casa Camuzzi, a fabulous jumble of old houses on a hilltop in Montagnola, the Herman Hesse Museum is tiny but impressive...

Il Lungolago

  • Promenade/Boardwalk

This 2-km (1-mile) lakefront promenade is lined with highly pruned lime trees, funereal cypresses, and graceful palm trees stretching...


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The city's public beach has two swimming pools and two restaurants. To reach it, you have to cross the Cassarate River. Heading east...

Monte Brè

  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

Monte Brè has a funicular that departs every 30 minutes from the east end of Lugano in Cassarate. At the top are several well-marked...

Monte San Salvatore

  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

Monte San Salvatore can be reached via the funicular in Paradiso. Departing every 30 minutes, it costs 28 SF round-trip. At the top is...

Museo Cantonale d'Arte

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Three palaces dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries were joined to form this museum. Its exhibits include paintings, sculpture,...

Museo Cantonale di Storia Naturale

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A museum since 1854, the Cantonal Museum of Natural History contains exhibits of fossils, animals, and plants, mostly those typical of...