Private Walking Tour of Lugano
- Private and personalized: Your local guide will be delighted to tailor the walking tour to accommodate your interests and style. Leisurely or fast paced, it's up to you.
- Key sights of Lugano: Stroll through the neoclassical Piazza della Riforma, enjoy Lake Lugano views in Parco Ciani, and see beautiful churches such as the lakefront Church of St. Mary of the Angels which dates from 1499.
- Via Nassa and Via Pessina: Your walking tour will take you on two of Lugano's main streets, the historic Via Nassa with its many boutiques and the colorful lakeside promenade Via Pessina.
About this Tessin Tour
Palm trees, piazzas, olive trees, polenta. Wait a minute, are we still in Switzerland? Yes! Say ciao to Lugano, the largest Italian-speaking city outside of Italy. Lugano is located in the Ticino region, Switzerland's southernmost canton, which is bordered on three sides by Italy's Piedmont and Lombardy regions. Once you meet your local guide in Lugano's main square, the neoclassical Piazza della Riforma, you'll be quickly immersed in la dolce vita.
With its mild, sunny climate, it's easy to forget that this lovely Mediterranean-style city is 100% Swiss until you look out over its glacial lake to Monte Bre and Monte San Salvatore. The spot for panoramic views, day or night, is Parco Ciani, a tranquil lakeside park featuring flower gardens, sculpture, and exotic trees. Ask your guide to point out Campione d'Italia, an Italian enclave that is completely surrounded by Swiss territory. Whether you're an art connoisseur or just love looking at beautiful creations, you'll find this historic center boasts terrific art and architecture.
Perched along Lake Lugano is the Church of St. Mary's of the Angels, a simple building that houses the city's best frescoes, including the gloriously detailed and colorful The Passion and Crucifixion of Christ by the Italian Renaissance artist Bernardino Luini. Look for it on the wall that separates the nave from the altar area. Your tour continues to Lugano's historic city center, where you'll stroll along the chic Via Nassa, lined in boutiques, antiquarian bookshops, and jewelers. It's also a popular stopping point for an aperitif, chocolate, or gelato. Lagano e unabellacitta.
Not your typical man cave
If "grotto" brings to mind a dark, dank cave, you haven't experienced a Ticinese grotto. A beloved aspect of Ticino's laidback lifestyle, grottoes are rustic taverns set in shady, out-of-the-way spots. Dine "picnic style" under the trees like the locals do, on homemade salami, risotto, polenta, and veal tonne. Enjoy a small jug (called a boccalino) of Merlot produced in Ticino's wine region or Gazzosa, a fizzy drink made with lemons from the Amalfi coast. Cap your meal with zabaglione or peaches marinated in wine. Mangia!
Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.
Bring small local coins for the bathroom. Don't miss out on tasting the famous Swiss chocolate.
Travelers must be able to walk approximately 1.6 miles (roughly 2 hours) over paved surfaces, steps and inclines with several photo stops along the route.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Private Tour, Walking Tour
English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for travelers 6 years of age and older.
Special Medical Restriction
We can accommodate you if your mobility is limited and you use a folding wheelchair with at least 7 days advanced notice, providing you are not travelling solo and have someone along to assist you. Not all venues may be accessible.
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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