With its beautiful natural landscapes, Baroque architecture and relaxed atmosphere, Lugano and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer. While the well-known landmarks such as Piazza Riforma and Via Nassa are definitely worth seeing, there are other non-touristy spots that should be on your list of things to experience in this incredible area – the places locals know and love.
One of the quaintest villages on the shore of Lake Lugano, Bissone is a waterfront gem known for being the birthplace of famed Renaissance architect Francesco Borromini. The pastel-coloured houses and arcades are much loved by photography buffs and San Carpoforo church is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture that’s well worth a visit. During the summer, the Lido Comunale offers easy access to the lake, as well as a large swimming pool and a lakefront bar and restaurant – ideal for a bit of rest and relaxation.
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
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