Must-Sees in Lugano and Mendrisio

Embark on a journey around Lugano’s picturesque lakefront, where the blend of Swiss charm and Mediterranean flair comes to life. Wander through Parco Ciani, Lugano’s green oasis, offering serene lake views and vibrant floral displays. The heart of Lugano, Piazza della Riforma, is lined with colorful, bustling cafes, against the backdrop of impressive, pastel-hued buildings.

Not far from the city center, the majestic Monte San Salvatore offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lake, accessible via a scenic funicular ride. For art enthusiasts, the LAC (Lugano Arte e Cultura) stands as a modern beacon of culture, hosting a wide array of performances and art exhibitions.

A short journey to Mendrisio unveils the architectural marvel of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mendrisio Architectural Academy, with its historic buildings and modern designs. The region is also known for its traditional vineyards, where the art of winemaking can be explored through guided tours and tastings.

About Lugano and Mendrisio

Nestled within the Swiss canton of Ticino, Lugano is a vibrant city that elegantly combines its Swiss heritage with the warmth of Italian culture. The region is renowned for its stunning landscapes, encompassing lush mountains and the serene Lake Lugano, which have inspired artists and travelers for centuries.

Mendrisio is known in Italian as il magnifico borgo (the magnificent town) due to its numerous elegant historical buildings. For two decades the town has had a pioneering role in promoting electric cars. The city’s surroundings are the main  wine-growing regions in Canton Ticino.

This area’s history is deeply rooted in the harmonious blend of diverse cultures, evident in its architectural styles, culinary delights, and linguistic diversity.