An open-air paradise
Lugano, a Swiss city with a Mediterranean soul, is a destination for numerous tourists for its wide range of events and activities. The visitor can range from places of historical and environmental interest to cultural events and events, from shopping to numerous activities for families, and much more.
Art and culture
Lugano and Ticino have always been an artistic reference point between the south and north of Europe. The territory with its monuments, museums, art galleries, offers an artistic heritage of great value. The historic center of the city has a special charm, with its promenade and its narrow streets where, the religious buildings, such as the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli of significant artistic importance or the San Lorenzo Cathedral, are approached with secular with old houses and sculptures. Ticino also stands out for its unique and interesting natural places, such as the Castelli di Bellinzona and Monte San Giorgio, sites included in the UNESCO cultural heritage.
Excursions and nature
For lovers of hiking, trekking and cycling, the whole region offers plenty of choice. From spring to autumn, in Ticino there are relaxing walks along the lakes, the most demanding alpine routes, artistic and cultural itineraries and gastronomic excursions between vineyards and mountain pastures.
Fun and relaxation
For those travelling with the family, Lugano and Ticino offer numerous opportunities to experience unique and unforgettable moments with their loved ones. From Switzerland's largest miniature theme park, Swissminiatur, an authentic open-air museum featuring the most important monuments in miniature Switzerland, to the adventures of Mount Tamaro, one of the most popular places in the region for its unique landscape views on the Swiss Alps center, on the lakes, and on the snowy peaks of the Alps. Relaxation, fun and well-being await you at Splash and Spa Tamaro, the Ticino water park, where breathtaking slides, waves, a play area entirely dedicated to children, thermal pools and a spa with saunas and hamam, will give you unique and unforgettable experience. And before return, a sweet break at Alprose, the chocolate factory and museum in Caslano.
Ticino to taste
A trip to discover Lugano and Ticino can not be complete if you leave without having tasted the food and wine specialties of the area. Like polenta, for centuries a basic food for most of the population, which still today many grottoes in Ticino propose, preparing it with the traditional method, cooking it for at least two hours on a low heat, stirring constantly. To be tasted accompanied by the various Ticinese specialties such as alps cheeses, the various products of ‘mazza’(slaughter of pigs), braised beef, stew, ossobuco (cross-cut veal shank, pork shin and many other tasty accompaniments.
Salami and pork salametti, horse, venison and wild boar meat are a fixture in every grotto. The dry meat, the coppa, the lard, the flat and rolled bacon, the luganiga, the luganighetta that gives delicious flavors to risotto or grilled.
Finally, the cheese that, as a poor companion for the meals of our grandparents, has become a delicious food with high quality standards, thanks to farmers who still produce cheese in the mountain pastures, where during the summer season they bring livestock to pasture. Cheeses that become raw material for tasty traditional dishes, such as fondue and raclette.
The wine production in Ticino
Wine production has ancient roots in the Ticino area, but reached its peak in the first half of the last century, following the regeneration of the vineyards with an eye to quality. The introduction of the Merlot variety in 1906 led to radical changes to the canton’s wine-making structure and vocation, obtaining the protected denomination of origin (PDO) status since 1997, in acknowledgement of its top quality production.
Thanks to its structure, the Merlot ideally accompanies minestrone, grilled meats, main dishes in general and aged but not spicy cheeses.
Passing, finally, to liqueurs and spirits, despite the wide international selection, three typical local products remain among the most famous in Ticino. The nocino, a liqueur made from green walnuts, is the most common digestive in Italian Switzerland. The term nocino has taken over recently, the product in antiquity was more known by the name of ratafia. Grappa and brandy are also particularly popular. The first, obtained by fermentation of the so-called "vinaccia", ie from the grape skins and grape seeds, in Ticino is obtained from the American grape. The second one, obtained by fermentation of the whole grape, takes its name from the medieval Latin term "aqua vitae", meaning water of life.