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Seafood in Lugano

Arté al Lago

This Michelin-starred restaurant at the exclusive lakefront Villa Castagnola is Lugano’s culinary star. Chef Frank Oerthle does remarkable things with fish and seafood, with ingredient-focused, deceptively simple-so…
Gallery in Lugano

Museo d'Arte della Svizzera Italiana

The showpiece of Lugano's striking new LAC cultural centre, the MASI zooms in predominantly on 20th-century and contemporary art – from the abstract to the highly experimental, with exhibitions spread across three s…
Mountain in Monte Generoso

Monte Generoso

Popping up between Italy and Switzerland, the 1704m peak of Monte Generoso has far-reaching views across a patchwork of lakes and mountains. The rack-and-pinion railway that departs from Capolago roughly hourly has …
Garden in Morcote

Parco Scherrer

Set in subtropical parkland, Parco Scherrer, 400m west of the boat stop in Morcote, is the dream come true of textile merchant and art enthusiast Hermann Arthur Scherrer, who bought the land sloping down to the lake…
Mountain in Meride

Monte San Giorgio

Rising in a pyramid above Lake Lugano, 1097m Monte San Giorgio has become Ticino’s mountain of myth thanks to its rich stash of Triassic marine-life fossils, which have won it Unesco World Heritage status. A four-ho…
Mountain in Lugano

Monte Brè

Rising dramatically above the lake, the conical peak of Monte Brè (925m) is the trailhead for hiking and mountain-biking trails that afford wide-reaching views of the lake and stretch all the way to the Bernese and …
Mediterranean in Lugano

Metamorphosis

One for special occasions, Metamorphosis is housed in Lugano's futuristic Palazzo Mantegazza, right by the lake shore. Chef Luca Bellanca walks the culinary high-wire, bringing simple, natural Mediterranean flavours…
Italian in Campione d'Italia

Da Candida

The plushest restaurant in town, Da Candida has been awarded a Michelin star for its refined ambience and menu playing up French-Italian flavours. The chef, Bernard Fournier, hails from Baccarat and puts his own inv…
Italian in Gandria

Ristorante le Bucce di Gandria

Climb the steps of Gandria's old town and you'll be rewarded with gorgeous lake views from this hillside restaurant. The menu keeps things regional and seasonal, adding a dash of creativity in dishes such as ravioli…
Gardens in Lugano

Parco Ciani

This lakefront promenade necklaces the shore of glassy Lago di Lugano, set against a backdrop of rugged mountains. Notice the distinctive profiles of cone-shaped twin peaks Monte Brè and Monte San Salvatore. Linden …