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.