Thanks to its mountains and lake, Lugano is endowed with a natural heritage of rare beauty. Panoramic views, picturesque villages, parks and botanical gardens: from spring to autumn, Ticino offers different options to discover the beauty of its territory.
From the peak of the San Giorgio, at 1’000 m in southern Ticino, you can enjoy a stunning view overlooking the lake and the mountains, offering unforgettable glimpses of the region. However, the San Giorgio especially prides itself in its accession to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites thanks to its fossils, exhibited at the Museum in Meride, from which you can reach the summit of the mountain in a couple of hours' walk.
This mountain, symbol of the Bay of Lugano, is easily accessible with a funicular that leaves from Paradiso. Once you reach the peak of the mountain you will be fascinated admiring the 360° panoramic view over lake Lugano, the city and the Alpine chain that can be enjoyed from numerous panoramic positions on San Salvatore's summit.
Thanks to its location between lake and mountains, to a centre characterized by porticos, to its churches and to a park which is a little paradise, Morcote has won the title of the nicest village of Switzerland. Located on the banks of lake Lugano and called “the pearl of Ceresio,” this destination was once an old fishermen's village with the typical houses facing the lake and porticos once used to shelter boats.
Carona is a charming village located at the foot of the Mount San Slvatore, with an exceptional historic and artistic heritage: the richness of the outstanding religious buildings is almost equal in quality to the numerous antique dwellings. In the village you can also find the San Grato Park, which owes its fame to the amazing collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and conifers offering a true spectacle during the months of April and May.