Visit Ticino

Lugano and region

Lugano, largest town in the holiday region of Ticino, is not only Switzerland’s third most important financial centre and a conference, banking and business centre, but also a town of parks and flowers, villas and sacred buildings.

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With Mediterranean flair, Lugano offers all the advantages of a world-class city, combined with the cachet of a small town.

Surrounded by mountains and a splendid lake, Lugano brings together all the characteristics of a metropolis of great style, despite maintaining the traits of a small city. Most particular and striking is the large pedestrian area, which contains the historic centre, full of splendid buildings.

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The area around the event centre is a well-known tourist area, with many suitable accommodations ( We will publish a list of suitable accommodations of various categories and different price ranges (Hotels, Hostels, Bed & Breakfast, Flats and Holiday Homes, Farm Holidays, Camping, accommodation for groups).

The local Tourist office will additionally assist to find the best solution for the teams.


Particularly privileged from a Gastronomic point of view, Ticino honours culinary tradition and has been rewarded by the fact that many of its excellent restaurants have ranked top in the most important gastronomic guides

The Grotto: these typically Ticinese rustic establishments located in remote and shaded areas. Local dishes and products are served here.

Wine: the whole Ticino is well known for the high quality achieved in the wine growing and production sector (Merlot grapes), so a visit of the wine cellars of Lugano and surroundings may be worth.


Culture, in its different expressions, plays an important role in Lugano’s global image. It is not surprising, therefore, that in the last decade the City has devoted huge resources to this sector.

Museums: these go from art to historical museums, from  temporary exhibitions to permanent collections all the way to truly particular exhibitions.

Art Galleries: numerous opportunities to visit private galleries that promote international and local artists. One way to know and make known the art in many different expression

Ticino and its UNESCO sites

Today, in Switzerland, some eleven locations have been chosen by Unesco to be listed as World Heritage Sites. Two of these pearls are in Ticino. Why not come and discover them for yourself!

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UNESCO is also the international guarantor for the protection of the world's cultural and natural heritage; since 1972, a list of elected heritage for the World Heritage sites was established, and today there are over 900.

We are very proud to have two of these in Ticino: the Castles of Bellinzona (since 2000) and the Monte San Giorgio (2003).

Bellinzona’s castles are considered amongst the finest examples of medieval fortification architecture in Switzerland.

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Meride Museum of fossils from Monte San Giorgio was inaugurated the 13th of october of 2012. The structure exhibits a selection of fossilized animals and plants from the unique UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monte San Giorgio.

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Mendrisio is the city to discover and taste

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Mendrisio is a lively, dynamic small city, having gradually become one of the most important economical place in Ticino. In addition to its architecture, shopping and vinery attractions, Mendrisio offers an interesting historical and cultural heritage and a few nice points of interest like Monte San Giorgio (UNESCO WHL) and Monte Generoso.

The historic center of Mendrisio is full of delightful hidden gems just waiting to be discovered as you stroll around, such as centuries-old houses with their fine old-style entrances allowing you glimpses of charming and elegant courtyards.


A visit without sampling the region’s food specialities would be unforgiveable. We suggest you to try soft cheese and the Slow Food Presidium Muggio Valley Zincarlin or to soak up the special atmosphere of a meal in the open or in a grotto. Mendrisio and his region are home to a host of excellent wine labels, many of them of international renown and proud recipients of countless awards and the local tourist office would be pleased to book for you a wine tasting.


Mendrisiotto enjoys culture and since ever this region has been very much appreciated by artists. We invite you to discover a region where the whole range of the arts is very well represented. You’ll see how painting, sculpture, architecture, theatre, music and literature can produce unique, spectacular artworks. Take your time to wander around the main museums, such as the Museo d’arte di Mendrisio, the new Museo del Trasparente, the Pinacoteca Giovanni Züst and the space dedicated to Vincenzo Vela, but don’t forget the gems in private collections.

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