Cattedrale di San Lorenzo


Lugano’s early-16th-century cathedral conceals some fine frescos and ornate baroque statues behind its Renaissance facade. Out the front are far-reaching views over the Old Town’s jumble of terracotta rooftops to the lake and mountains.

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