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Lugano Travel Guide: 394 reviews and 1,046 photos

I came here in the beginning of November on a day trip by train from Zurich. It was an absolutely beautiful sunny day! I have visited several times over the years but first when I was very little.

Lugano has about 29'000 inhabitants with surrounding areas about 56'000. The name Lugano comes from the latin word "lucus" which means holy forest.

It was first mentioned in the 10 th century. It used to be under Como and Milano dominion before it came under Swiss dominion in 1513. From 1515 until the beginning of the 20th century it hosted one of the most important and popular cattle fairs in Europe. After being a harbour for Italian refugees when Italy fought to unify, there were also independence fights in Ticino. In 1798 the canton Ticino finally gained independence and joined the Swiss confederation.

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  • Last visit to Lugano: Nov 2006
  • Intro Updated Nov 30, 2006
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  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Hi Sonja, nice page about Lugano! It does indeed look very sunny :-)
    The promenade looks lovely!

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Your ineresting page brings back nice memories of my visit to Lugano about 15 years ago. It was great to refresh my recollections.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2009 at 7:30 AM

    The views on Lake Promenade look great -- nice and sunny! Hope to get a picture by it someday...Norman :)

  • loisl's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Tolli Tipp häsch do über Lugano. Miir bliibed meischtens nördlich vum Ceneri, wil mir z'Lumino (nördlich vu Bellinzona) Feriä mached. Grüessli, Peter

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:38 PM

    I had a lovely walk for a few hours in Lugano in the end of February. It is a beautiful place with the lake and the mountains.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2008 at 4:27 AM

    What a lovely page! And yes those truffles sure are expensive. I really like the picture of the colorful fruit & vegetable stand.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2008 at 12:21 AM

    What a beautiful town, can just see myself, sitting, relaxing, on the promenade.

  • timada's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2008 at 1:14 AM

    In my short visit to Lugano I saw only the fountain and made a promenade near the lake ...that's all ! Wonderful page !

  • Zvrlj's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2008 at 6:09 AM

    Thank you for visiting and commenting our Switzerland cities & towns pages. Unfortunately we have missed Lugano. But some time in future…

  • Cristian_Uluru's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    So close to me but never been there :( Thanks for the virtual tour!!! Ciao

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