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Lugano (Latin language: Luganum) is a city in the south of Switzerland, in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, which borders Italy. The city has a distinctively more mediterranean character than other Swiss cities. Its warm summers, and the fact that in recent years it has attracted an ever growing number of celebrities, entertainers and successful sports people has given it the nickname of the "Monte Carlo of Switzerland".

The city's excellent reputation as a cultural centre is attributable to the high standard of exhibitions, which are regularly held in its museums, and those of the surrounding regions. This quite unique mixture of Italian ambience and Swiss efficiency will also enchant you. The traffic-free historic city centre, magnificent buildings in the Lombardic style, exclusive museums, the sunny climate, the mountains, the lake and a calendar full of events all invite visitors to view and experience the city - and of course indulge in a little relaxed living.

Lugano is the largest town in Ticino. Since its union with some surrounding municipalities (Breganzona, Cureggia, Davesco-Soragno, Gandria, Pambio-Noranco, Pazzallo, Pregassona, and Viganello) in 2004, the city has a population of 52,000, with the whole metropolitan area having a population of about 115,000. This was the second major expansion after the union in 1972 with the municipalities of Brè-Aldesago and Castagnola. The tourism-based economy provides an estimated 38,000 jobs for the area. Furthermore, the city is Switzerland's fourth major banking center (mainly handling Italian-speaking clients), after Zurich, Basel, and Geneva. The population is Italian-speaking and mainly Roman Catholic.

Lugano Turist Office
Postfach 6080
6900 Lugano
Tel. +41 (0) 91 913 32 32
Fax. +41 (0) 91 922 76 53

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  • Jun 30, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    One of my favorite cities! LOVE Lugano!!!

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    Aug 18, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Hope to be there in the fall! Grazie for all your fine work! :)

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    Feb 18, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    ~ Hi, Enzo! Greetings to Lugano from Lugansk, Ukraine!...

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    I came through here once so many years ago, and when up in north area, would like to drop in again. Thank you for the tour information and pictures.

  • Pinat's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2009 at 3:52 AM

    The church of Santa Maria degli Angeli has a stunning view! I must definitely stop by in Lugano next time!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2008 at 12:27 AM

    What a beautiful spot to have a church.

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    May 1, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    shalom Enzo, enjoyed your page. What a peaceful life you have in CH. One month news in CH is equivalent to one day in Israel. And u have compulsory military service LOL. I like European camping. Greetings from Jerusalem! Avi

  • diosh's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2008 at 1:21 AM

    heavens- you're very active!! D.

  • Anjutka's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2007 at 9:25 AM

    There is really much to do and to see here...except you of course:-)

  • maztek's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2007 at 8:37 AM

    Nice pics

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