Stretching along the border of Switzerland with its beautiful Ticino chalets and Central Switzerland apartments and Italy is the magnificent Lake Lugano. This glacial lake straddles the Swiss-Italian border between Porlezza and Lavena Ponte Tresa. Along the shores of Lake Lugano, you'll find fantastic apartments and villas with stunning views of the lake. Lake Lugano is one of the smaller upper Italian lakes and is similar to Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore.
Lake Lugano - Where Switzerland and Italy meet
The best way to see as much of Lake Lugano as possible is to take a boat tour of the lake. From the water, you'll be stunned at the surrounding landscapes including glorious mountaintops rising high above the shores of the lake. The town of Lugano itself actually lies in Switzerland and here you can find a unique crossover of Swiss and Italian cultures and customs. There are some lovely shopping streets and gardens dotted throughout the town and the Church of St Mary of the Angels dates back to the Renaissance period. The Giardino Belvedere is an garden which doubles as an open-air art exhibition. The Alprose chocolate factory will offer you a generous helping of free samples and an interactive tour showing their manufacturing process as well.
These mountains are also perfect for active holidays, bike or hike to the top of one or all for some of the most stunning vistas in all of Italy. Many of the surrounding towns also have cable cars waiting to carry visitors to the mountain peaks.
Choose your favourite destination along the Lake Lugano
There are many towns along the shore of Lake Lugano, such as Brusimpiano, Carlazzo, Cima, Cuasso al Monte, Lavena Ponte Tresa, Maroggia, and Osteno. You'll also find fine homes in Porlezza, Porto Ceresio, Valsolda, and Viggiù too. If you prefer the regions which aren't overcrowded not only Lake Lugano will be a suitable destination for lake holidays:
• Lake Orta
• Lake Iseo
• Lake Idro