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Lugano Travel Guide, Switzerland

Lugano, the largest city of the southernmost Swiss canton of Ticino, has captivated tourists for long. Each aspect – be it its great natural beauty, its mild Mediterranean climate or its rich culture and heritage – has been a huge pull. No wonder Tourism has been the mainstay of Lugano’s economy for quite some time now. You will love everything about the lakeside city – the shimmering water of Lake Lugano, the verdant mountains, the Lombardy style buildings, the city squares and cobblestone streets, parks and arcades, funicular railways, museums and abundant recreational/sporting opportunities, etc. You will just need to be in Lugano to experience it all; but before you set on your journey, this Lugano travel guide will introduce you to the city, telling a little about its culture, architecture, economy, infrastructure and other things so that you are aware of what to expect in this charming Swiss city.

Lugano Travel Guide: Statistics

Area: 32 sq km

Population: 56,889

Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF)

Language: Italian

Lugano Travel Guide: Architecture

Lugano has the best of what is now called ‘Ticino School of Architecture’, an architectural style that has a very marked Italian influence or rather the Mediterranean influence. Whether you are looking at centuries old structures like the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Monastery of Santa Maria degli Angioli, etc. or at some of the recent structures like Banca del Gottardo and the Palazzo Ransila, you will be able to discern the architectural inspiration behind them. For more doses of the Mediterranean influence, go visiting the city’s squares like the Piazza della Riforma as well as its terrace gardens and parks like Parco Civico.

Lugano Travel Guide: Economy and Infrastructure

As said, Lugano’s spell-bounding beauty, its resort-city features, etc. have earned the city acclaim as a tourist haven and the city’s earnings from the Tourism-sector have always the highest. But then, the city is also an important financial/banking center of Switzerland – in fact, it ranks third after Zurich and Geneva in importance. You not only have the Swiss majors, but also some private international banking organizations operating from this city. Other revenue earning industries include different manufacturing industries like chocolate, textiles and tobacco products, etc.

Lugano’s transportation infrastructure is praiseworthy. Standing on the A2 motorway, Lugano is served by special bus networks (known locally as Autopostale and Palm Express Buses). Lugano is also part of the federal railway network. Funiculars and Lugano’s public transport buses are available for inner-city tours. The city has an airport by the same name, which has flights connecting it to other Swiss-cities. (You also have easy access to the Italy’s Malpensa International Airport).

Lugano Travel Guide: Culture

As already said, Lugano city is culturally rich. A part of Italian-speaking Switzerland, Lugano’s populace is Roman Catholic. The city is full of art/culture galleries and museums that display artworks of European masters. The city also has a number of performing arts’ centers; it is the venue of different cultural events and festivals like Jazz Festival and the Blues-to-bop Festival all year round.

Hope this Lugano travel guide has successfully sent out the message that you are bound to fall in love with Lugano, and that whether you choose to engage your mind or body in some pleasure pursuit or just laze around…

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