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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Parking
“Der eye-catcher am Lungolago. Konzerte, Theater und Ausstellungen - The eye-catcher on the Lungolago. Concerts, theatre and exhibitions. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Mountain
“You can go by car to the top where there is a bar/restaurant with stunning views.”
  • 17 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Park
“Good learning experience for young and old, families and individuals. The whole countries attractions in pocket size. Everything handmade. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Lake
“A boat trip on the lake is a must and also a great way to visit Lugano. Boats leave from the village centre and you can check the timetable here: lakelugano.ch . ”
  • 12 locals recommend
  • 6 Experiences
Natural Feature
“The funicular railway will take you to the top of Monte San Salvatore where you get great views over the lake and, if it's a very clear day, may even see as far as Milan ! More info here : montesansalvatore.ch”
  • 15 locals recommend
Road
“The historic (and architecturally beautiful) high-end shopping street in Lugano. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“An easy lakeside walking path winds through historic houses and limestone cliffs to arrive at beautiful town center, which is nearly in the lake, and nearly in italy.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Balcony of Italy One of the most beautiful places in Italy, elected "Place of the Heart" by the FAI, is the flagship of the Intelvi Valley. The Sighignola is a mountain of Lombardy Luganesi that extends between the territory of the Italian town of Lanzo d'Intelvi and the Swiss among the counties of Arogno and Lugano. Lanzo begins to reach the highest peak: the road is very windy and completely surrounded by woods. The balcony of Italy can only be reached by car from the Italian side. Just before you reach the summit you will come upon a launch area for gliding and hiking trails that vary according to difficulty. The buildings and infrastructure of Sighignola and the entire surrounding area date back to the period before the First World War, because the area was of ​​strategic interest for defense systems, known as the "Cadorna Line" with the main purpose of defending the Italian border from a possible attack from the Swiss Confederation. At the end of the road there is a small chapel in memory of the soldiers who had fallen during the First World War and a panoramic terrace. The rooftop terrace (1320m) offers a spectacular view of Lake Lugano and the surrounding area and has been called "the balcony of Italy": in fact, on a sunny day you can see almost all of Lake Lugano and the mountains, some over 4000 m high, forming the Alpine range, including Monte Rosa and the famed Matterhorn. Newly built, is a terrace in Swiss territory, with children's playground, a barbecue area and benches to admire the beautiful view. For sports enthusiasts and lovers of hiking there are several paths to choose from. For example one of the most popular routes starts from Lanzo d'Intelvi and connects Mount Caprino to Sighignola, along which you can enjoy a magnificent view of Lake Lugano, the city of Lugano and the nearby mountains such as Monte Bre and San Salvatore . Along the way, you can stop at typical restaurants of Ticino.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“Very nice park with beautiful views. You can lie down on the grass and have a nap, swim at the mouth of the river or simply enjoy the peace of the place.”
  • 9 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Bus Station
“During the summer the Lugano nights are characterized by numerous events, as well as a variety of bars, bistros and nightclubs”
  • 6 locals recommend
Modern European Restaurant
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“If it is Thrusady, it is a must. You can have a very good aperitivo in a very nice place.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Night Club
“Situato nel cuore della città, nell’edificio che ospita anche il Casinò di Lugano, The Club è il punto di riferimento della notte luganese.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pier
“The Longlake Festival of Lugano animates the City during the month of July.”
  • 53 locals recommend
  • 9 Experiences
Park
“Very nice and big park with lot of walks and games for kids. It´s up in a mountain and has very nice views of the lake. Very nice for a picnic. There is also bar/restaurant. Recommended going by car, free parking.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“Main department store in the centre of Lugano- where you can find most everything. The restaurant is self service but offers good value meals and is open after the store closes ( access from the back after hours)”
  • 5 locals recommend
Casino
“this is the best local casino- open all hours. Smaller alternatives are the Lugano Casino and Amiral casino at Mendrisio ”
  • 11 locals recommend