Monte Brè


Rising dramatically above Lago di Lugano, 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 Valais Alps. Mountain bikes can be hired near the summit for Sfr30/40 for a half-/full day. A funicular from Cassarate whisks you up to the mountain. If you don't fancy walking, take bus 2 from central Lugano.

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1. Parco Ciani

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2. Campione d’Italia Casino

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3. BSí

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Bearing the hallmark of famous Ticinese architect Mario Botta, this striking cluster of buildings was formerly known as the Banca del Gottardo.

4. Museo delle Dogane Svizzere

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5. Cherry Building

1.74 MILES

Like an abstract work of art, a cherry tree graces the roof of this pink-brick, cubic edifice, the handiwork of much-lauded Ticinese architect Mario Botta.

6. Piazza della Riforma


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7. Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

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8. Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli

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