Nestled beneath soaring snow-capped peaks and blessed with a balmy Mediterranean climate, lakeside Lugano has been captivating savvy travellers and well-heeled visitors for centuries.Start your day exploring this cosmopolitan hillside city amidst the picture-book tangle of old town lanes that cascade down to the sparkling waters of Lake Lugano. Just a short stroll from our pick of hotels in Lugano these charismatic cobblestone alleys lead to tucked away piazzas and Renaissance churches, whose hushed incense-infused interiors reveal exquisite 600 year old frescoes. Spiritual and historical curiosity sated, rest a while at a pavement café beneath pastel-painted palaces in the bustling main square of Piazza della Riforma. It’s a great place to watch the world go by and is also the setting for weekly markets, where you can enjoy ambling through stalls of perfumed flowers and colourful local produce; visit on a Saturday and you’ll perhaps find a rare keepsake of your time here at the antiques and handicrafts market. For some upscale brand shopping, fashionistas will certainly want to delve into the designer boutiques lining the colonnaded Via Nassa and Via Pessina. As the sun starts to disappear behind the surrounding Alps, wind down with the locals in their daily passeggiata (stroll) amongst lush Mediterranean gardens lining the meandering shoreline. As the stars come out, take a romantic cruise on the silky moonlit lake before rounding off your evening with some fine Italian dining or a flutter at Lugano’s glitzy casino: whatever you choose, you’re sure to enjoy a wonderful night! Back in your Lugano hotel, after a thoroughly rewarding day, enjoy a nightcap and drink a toast to Lugano’s unique and breathtakingly beautiful setting.
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