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Colors of Lugano - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Swiss Miniatur The quiet city of Lugano attracts international travelers due to its superb events and festivals. Numerous interesting and unforgettable events which literally transform the city beyond recognition take place in Lugano annually. For more than 20 years Lugaon hosts the brightest event of Blues to Bop Festival which attracts as the fans of blues so occasional tourists. During the festival the streets of the city are rather crowded. Some of them are hurrying to the next concert meanwhile others are rushing to the local shops to hunt some original souvenirs as the rest are just walking through the festive city embracing the atmosphere of the festival.
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 … Open
Apart from the concerts the festival program also includes exciting lectures and competitions as well as exhibitions dedicated to music. The city is transformed to the huge stage for several days. The festival engages popular musicians and amateur bands. As it was mentioned above the festival is of great popularity not only among music fans but among usual tourists as well.
The history of the festival is rather engaging. Few decades ago a company of local music fans arranged a small scale event. Annually the event engaged more and more of participants. Today it has developed in an upscale world class festival. Copyright
During the warm season the main entertainment for city visitors is beach recreation as the lake shore has several well equipped places. Tourists are provided with various water … Open
In October Lugano is visited by numerous gourmands. The reason is that in October the haute cuisine festival takes place. Local restaurants and cafés make the comprehensive preparation for the event. Guests are offered special menu in every house. Each place is ready to treat the visitors with incredible delicacies and chef d’oeuvre. Anybody can take part in the culinary master classes, attend the lectures of renowned chefs and find out the secrets of cooking of exquisite dishes.
After the foods fest another significant event named the Festa d’Autunno begins. It is still one of the most favorite and wanted fests among local people. Exciting fairs and sales, the variety of souvenirs and festive treats, daily concerts and theatre troupe performances, sport competitions and entertaining kids’ events – this is only a small part of the entertainment available for tourists during the Festa d’Autunno!
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Lugano and surroundings

Reference information
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Lugano
♥   Basilica del Sacro Cuore, Lugano, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale S. Lorenzo, Lugano, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   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
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Lugano
♥   Castle 'Cuasso al Monte Castle' Cuasso al Monte, 10.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Pontegana Castle' , 18 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Frascarolo Castle' Induno Olona, 19.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Velate Tower' Varese, 22.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Varese Castle' Varese, 22.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello Visconteo' , 23 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Caldè Castle' Caldè, 24.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Lugano and around

Verzasca Dam

From the series “Thrilling Points for Bungee Jumping”
For the Bungee jumpers the dam was converted in Switzerland Verzasca dam. Guests of the unusual attraction can jump from the height of 220 meters. The history of the emergence of the popular attraction on the embankment of the Verzasca river is very interesting. While filming the film 'Agent 007', the director Martin Campbell has selected this dam for shooting on one of the episodes. … Read further

Borromeo Palace

From the series “The Most Wonderful Castles and Palaces”
On the Italian island of Isola-Bella is the beautiful Palace Borromeo, whose design is uniquely beautiful and impressive. The beautiful baroque palace, built in the 16th century, is located on the almost entire territory of the tiny island and forms a unified complex with the incredibly beautiful park zone. The palace was ordered by King Charles III. Who gave the chic building on the tiny uninhabited island of his wife Izabelle. … Read further

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

From the series “Top 15 Unesco Sites in Europe”
The famous Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is situated in Milan. It was built in the second half of the 15th century. That’s the striking architectural monument of the late Gothic. A unique artifact is hidden within the walls of the medieval church. That’s the famous fresco by Leonardo da Vinci, Last Supper. This mural decorates the refectory of the church. Many amazing stories relate to it. In 1943, Milan has undergone a heavy bombardment of the Anglo-American air force. As a result, the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie was destroyed almost completely. The refectory also laid in ruins, but the fresco did not suffer miraculously. … Read further
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Lugano

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Lugano. Learn the best periods to visit Lugano to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Lugano. - 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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