The city of Lugano

12 March 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

View on Lake Lugano and Monte San Salvatore © Valser

View on Lake Lugano and Monte San Salvatore © Valser

Lugano is a city of 54,667 inhabitants in the city proper and a total of over 145,000 people in the agglomeration/city region, in the south of Switzerland, in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, which borders Italy. The city lies on Lake Lugano, and its warm summers and the fact that in recent years it has attracted an ever growing number of celebrities, entertainers and successful athletes have given it the nickname of the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland”. It is the 9th largest city of Switzerland by population.   read more…

The Lago Maggiore

14 October 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  7 minutes

Isola Bella - Borromean Islands © Mbdortmund

Isola Bella – Borromean Islands © Mbdortmund

Lake Maggiore is a large lake located on the south side of the Alps. It is the second largest of Italy and largest of southern Switzerland. Lake Maggiore is the most westerly of the three great prealpine lakes of Italy, it extends for about 70 km between Locarno and Arona. The climate is mild in both summer and winter, producing Mediterranean vegetation, with beautiful gardens growing rare and exotic plants. Well-known gardens include those of the Isola Madre, Isola Bella and the Isole di Brissago, that of the Villa Taranto in Verbania, and the Alpinia botanical garden above Stresa.   read more…

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