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Culture of Lugano. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Lugano Lugano is the city of unique spirit and of rich cultural heritage. There are ancient squares and grand castles, various museums and art galleries among its sights. One of the most popular and visited place of recreation of the city is still Parco Civico set in the historic area. Its territory hosts a significant architectural landmark being the Palazzo Civico. The scenic park has turned to a place of different events, concerts and performances which are carried out on the open air stage.
Lugano is a southern city in Switzerland, which is separated from the rest of the country by Monte Bre and San Salvatore mountain range. The city is located on the shore of Lake Lugano. … Open
The sightseeing tour of Lugano should include the visit to the church Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli. Built in 16th century, this church is the genuine incarnation of the Romanesque style. The church features inimitable inner adornments. Its walls are covered with skillful fresco paintings created in 1529 by the genius artist Bernardino Luini. The church of S. Rocco is a landmark of the earlier period. It was established in 15th century. The church has by miracle preserved its original look till now. In the course of its history the building has never been remodeled or reconstructed. This religious building will be of great interest to any visitor.
The most visited cultural site of Lugano is Art Museum named Städtisches Kunstmuseum. It is located on the territory of the marvelous country villa Malpensata. In the middle of the 19th century the villa was owned by a wealthy patrician who in a later date conveyed the stunning house to the museum. Today the museum presents a rich collection of the paintings of local artists of the 19th – 20th centuries. Another museum named Museo cantonale d’arte is of the same interest. It was established in 1987. The museum also keeps an interesting collection of paintings among which the works of the artists of Italian Switzerland prevail. Copyright
The best gastronomy landmark of Lugano is the Principe Leopoldo restaurant. Its chef is a genuine wizard of gastronomic art. Each day the restaurant is visited by hundreds of attached guests … Open
In the suburbs of Lugano the world renowned chocolate museum Alprose is placed. This is an astonishing place. It is one of a kind museum which objects are anyhow considering popular chocolate treat. An exciting shop is located near the museum. There one can buy sweets and chocolate souvenirs for loved ones. Among other sights of the city one should pay attention to the Municipal Art Museum located on the territory of the Villa Caini. Its exhibition presents numerous priceless historical documents and papers as well as precious objects of arts.
In the section below, you can get one of our excursion, activities or city discovery tours over Lugano and surroundings. Our website offers 10-30% lower ticket prices, when compared to the offline purchase on the spot.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Lugano and surroundings

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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Lugano
♥   Palace 'Royal Villa of Monza' Monza, 51.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Castello Sforzesco' Milan, 61.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Litta' Milan, 61.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Lugano
♥   Santuario-Basilica di Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Morbio Inferiore, 16.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Santuario di Santa Maria del Monte, Carese, 20.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Giorgio, Como, 22.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta, Como, 22.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Vittore Martire, Varese, 22.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Santuario della Madonna del Sasso, Locarno, 23.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Monastero di Santa Maria di Torba, Torba, 31.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Lugano and near

Verzasca Dam

From the series “Thrilling Points for Bungee Jumping”
According to the script, James Bond has jumped during the pursuit of this dam. Thousands of people from all over the world wanted to repeat his heroic deed. The attraction is not only accessible during the day, but also at night. At dawn the jump becomes a bit more expensive. In order to enjoy the unforgettable entertainment, you have to go through the medical examination, book the time of the jump and pay the jump price to one of the organizing companies. … Read further

Borromeo Palace

From the series “The Most Wonderful Castles and Palaces”
The design of the surrounding territory was done just as carefully as building the palace. In addition to the building, there were some excellent views and terraces from which you can enjoy the panorama of Lake Magiore. The adjoining territory is adorned with the exotic plants that were made for the garden of England. Among the luxuriant undergrowths of the rare trees and flowers you can see many beautiful sculptures and fountains. One of the most important modern peculiarities of the castle park complex are the rare white peacocks. … Read further

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

From the series “Top 15 Unesco Sites in Europe”
The Church was called a World Heritage Site in 1980. Today, it is of great interest for all those fond of the ancient architecture and paintings. The church features the luxurious interior. It is decorated with priceless frescoes by Serrano and Ferrari dating back to the 17th century. They were created during the regular large-scale reconstruction. One of the most beautiful design elements in Santa Maria delle Grazie is its dome. It impresses with its exquisite fine painting. … Read further
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Lugano

Culture guide to Lugano. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Lugano: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Lugano. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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