Our hotel tips in Ticino

Look forward to your time out in the “sun room of Switzerland”, as Ticino is also called. We introduce you to three great hotels.

Dolce Vita in Switzerland

Look forward to your time out in the “sun room of Switzerland”, as Ticino is also called. We introduce you to three great hotels.

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5* Villa Principe Leopoldo in Lugano

The historic villa rests in the middle of a sprawling park just above Lugano. The former prince's residence offers a unique view of Lake Lugano and the mountains behind it. The spacious outdoor pool is refreshing even on warm spring days. Should it still be a bit too cool, you can treat yourself to some pampering in the spa area. In the evening, enjoy the fine and delicious cuisine of the Principe Leopoldo restaurant.

4* Kurhaus Cademario in Cademario

Almost majestically, the Kurhaus, built in 1914, sits 850 meters above sea level and offers its visitors a breathtaking view over Lake Lugano. Look forward to a pampering program that will make you forget everyday life: Massages, treatments, a brine bath, sauna, steam baths, heated indoor and outdoor pools and much more await you in the 2200 m2 wellness area. Experience wellness for the palate in the in-house gourmet restaurant "La Cucina", which will spoil you with delicious international and Italian dishes.

4* Boutique Hotel La Tureta in Bellinzona

This ancient palace from the 18th century, which has been restored with great passion and attention to detail, invites lovers of exclusive boutique hotels. The tasteful mixture of modern interior design and historical flair brings the beauty of the past into the present day with all its modern demands. Centrally located in Giubiasco, a district of Bellinzona, it is an ideal starting point for discovering Ticino. In about half an hour you can reach both Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano. It is about an hour's drive to Lake Como.

Culture and sights in Ticino

Lake Lugano, also known as Lago di Lugano, lies on the border between Switzerland and Italy and is a popular holiday destination for tourists from all over the world. The region offers a variety of cultural attractions and sights that are suitable for both nature lovers and those interested in history and art.

1. The city of Lugano: The largest city on Lake Lugano is an important transport hub and a centre for art and culture. Visit LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, a modern cultural centre with exhibitions, concerts and theatre performances. Stroll through the old town with its narrow streets, squares and historical buildings or relax on the lake shore in one of the many parks.

2. Mount San Salvatore: The 912 meter high mountain is a landmark of the region and offers a breathtaking view of Lake Lugano and the Alps. A funicular takes you from Lugano to the top, where you can hike, visit a museum or dine in a panoramic restaurant.

3. Gandria: This quaint fishing village sits on the shores of the lake and is a perfect place to experience the region's traditional architecture and way of life. Stroll through the narrow streets, visit the Church of San Vigilio or take a boat trip on the lake.

4. San Grato Park: The botanical garden on Carona Hill offers a wide variety of plants, flowers and trees, as well as spectacular views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The park is ideal for walks and picnics and is also home to a restaurant and children's playground.

5. Morcote: Located on a peninsula on the southern shore of the lake, this charming village is known for its narrow streets, terraced gardens and Scherrer Park, which stretches over 18,000 square meters and is home to a variety of exotic plants.

6. The Church of Santa Maria degli Angioli: Lugano is home to this historic 15th century church with impressive frescoes by Bernardino Luini, a student of Leonardo da Vinci.

7. Swissminiatur: This amusement park in Melide features miniature representations of over 120 well-known Swiss sights and buildings, as well as a model train that runs through the park. It's a fun and educational outing for the whole family.

8. Boat trips on the lake: One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of Lake Lugano is on a boat trip. There are numerous companies offering a variety of tours and trips, including ferry services between the various towns and villages around the lake.

Whether you are interested in art, history, nature or just relaxation, Lake Lugano and its surroundings offer a wealth of activities and sights that will make your stay unforgettable.

The 7 most beautiful restaurants in Ticino

Lake Lugano is a beautiful holiday destination that stretches across both Switzerland and Italy. The region offers a variety of first class restaurants serving local and international cuisine. Here are some of the best restaurants on Lake Lugano:

1.    Ristorante Galleria Arté al Lago (Lugano, Switzerland)
The Michelin-starred restaurant is located in the art and culture centre LAC in Lugano and offers a breathtaking view of the lake. Head chef Frank Oerthle creates sophisticated dishes that combine modern influences with traditional cuisine.

2.    Ristorante La Terrazza (Morcote, Switzerland)
La Terrazza is part of the luxurious Hotel Splendide Royal and offers panoramic views of Lake Lugano. Chef Domenico Ruberto offers a variety of Mediterranean dishes using fresh, local ingredients.

3.    Ristorante L'OSTERIA (Lugano, Switzerland)
L'OSTERIA is a cosy restaurant with a charming atmosphere and a varied menu. Here you will find Italian classics such as risotto, pasta and fish dishes as well as a selection of Swiss specialities.

4.    Ristorante Al Grottino (Porlezza, Italy)
Al Grottino is a family-run restaurant in Porlezza, known for its authentic Italian dishes and cosy atmosphere. The menu offers a range of homemade pasta, meat and fish dishes, along with an impressive wine list.

5.    Ristorante Pizzeria La Griglia (Agno, Switzerland)
La Griglia is a popular restaurant that serves delicious Italian dishes such as pizza, pasta and risotto. The restaurant is known for its cosy atmosphere, friendly service and beautiful views of the lake.

6.    Ristorante Antica Posta (Valsolda, Italy)
Antica Posta is a charming restaurant housed in an 18th century former post office. The kitchen specializes in local dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients. The wine list offers a selection of regional and Italian wines.

7.    Ristorante San Rocco (Brusimpiano, Italy)
The San Rocco is located directly on the lake shore and offers a beautiful view of Lake Lugano. The menu offers a range of traditional Italian dishes, including homemade pasta, fish and seafood.