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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 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…
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 …
Swiss in Lugano

La Tinèra

Huddled down a backstreet near Piazza di Riforma, this convivial, rustic restaurant rolls out extremely tasty Ticinese home cooking. You might begin, say, with homemade salumi, moving on to polenta with porcini mush…
Arts Centre in Lugano

LAC – Lugano Arte e Cultura

Lugano is justifiably proud of its cutting-edge new cultural centre, which has given the city its artistic mojo back. It brings together contemporary art (at the MASI), music, theatre, poetry recitals, workshops and…
Gastronomy in Lugano

Al Portone

Bold artworks grace this contemporary gourmet haunt, while Francis plies you with such season-infused taste sensations as scallops and caviar on a bed of seaweed with passion vinaigrette, pumpkin ravioli with sage s…
Church in Lugano

Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli

This simple Romanesque church contains two frescos by Bernardino Luini dating from 1529. Covering the entire wall that divides the church in two is a grand didactic illustration of the crucifixion of Christ. The pow…
Italian in Lugano

Trani

Follow the cobbled steps down from Via Cattedrale to this enticing little osteria. The candlelit, brick-vaulted interior is a wonderfully intimate setting for antipasti, homemade pasta bursting with flavour, and gri…