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  • 1 Parc Sherrer Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CH - Lugano

    Textile merchant and keen traveller Arturo Sherrer (1881-1956) created here a unique garden where exuberant vegetation hides exotic structures: Casa Araba, the temple of Nefertiti, Siamese tea pavilion... Among the Mexican pines, bamboo and eucalyptu..

  • 2 Church of Ste Marie des Anges Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Luini CH - 6900 Lugano

    This convent church was begun in 1499 and has three of the finest frescos by Bernardo Luini (c. 1480-1532). The most impressive fresco decorates the enclosure separating the choir from the nave and shows the Passion. In the first chapel to the right,..

  • 3 Municipal Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Viale C. Cattaneo CH - 6900 Lugano

    Just by the conference centre, this park is worth a visit. It regularly hosts open-air concerts. Fountains and statues decorate the park and there is a deer enclosure, an apiary and a play area for children.

  • 4 Old Town Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza della Riforma CH - 6900 Lugano

    The little pedestrian streets and sloping streets are a paradise for those who want to go shopping or just window shop. Via Nassa, with its arcades lined with elegant shops is the main street. It leads to Piazza della Riforma, a vast and busy square ..

  • 5 Museum of Swiss Customs

    Museums and art

    Lago da Gandria CH - 6978 Gandria

    Housed in an old frontier guardpost, this museum tells the story of the past and present roles of Swiss Customs through maps, signs, photos and uniformed mannequins. There is also information on various tricks used by smugglers and a vast selection o..

  • 6 Museum of Modern Arts

    Museums and art

    Riva Caccia 5 CH - 6900 Lugano

    Housed in Villa Mapensata, the Museum of Modern Art regularly organises retrospectives of the greats of the movement. Bacon, Nolde, Soutine, Rouault and Botero have all had their work shown here.

  • 7 Villa Heleneum

    Museums and art

    Via Cortivo 24-28 CH - 6976 Lugano

    Along the lake, a Neo-Classical style villa houses the museum of non-European cultures. The ground floor is devoted to Oceania and Southeast Asia. The first floor covers New Guinea in detail and the 2nd floor covers subjects such as power, fertility ..

  • 8 Cathedral of San Lorenzo

    Religious buildings

    Via Borghetto CH - 6900 Lugano

    The cathedral of St Laurence has an elegant façade with three portals with fine Renaissance motifs. In the right bas-côté, note the chapel of Our Lady of Graces, a fine example of Baroque decoration. At the end of this is a marble tabernacle by the R..

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