UNESCO World Heritage: Monte San Giorgio
Monte San Giorgio Mountain and Fossil Museum in Meride
Come and visit these places, the local territory as well as the fossil Museum, they will allow you to discover a fascinating lost world dating over 200 millions years ago.
Monte San Giorgio is one of the most important fossil deposit in the world, for the Middle Triassic, a geological period which took place between 247 and 236 millions of years ago. The fossils coming from this mountain are known for their variety and their exceptional good conservation, they have been excavated and analysed by Swiss and Italian palaeontologists from 1850.
The international recognition of this classical fossil locality was strengthened by its inscription to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 for the Swiss side and in 2010 for the Italian territory.
UNESCO World Heritage: the Castles of Bellinzona
At the crossroads of the Alpine passes
Bellinzona’s castles are considered amongst the finest examples of medieval fortification architecture in Switzerland and they are mainly the result of intensive and complex building activity instigated by the Dukes of Milan in the 15th century. Right up to the present day, these fortifications, with their battlements, towers and gates, continue to be a source of wonder and fascination.
Bellinzona is at a mere 30 minutes train ride from Lugano, and trains run at least every 30 minutes. You can use your SwissPass or Ticino Discovery Card for free train trasportation.
Access to the castles every day free of charge. Visits to museums inside the castle is for a fee.
Church of Santa Maria degli Angioli
The church, built in the years 1499-1515 by the Franciscan observant monks, is famous for its magnificent fresco on the main partition with Stories of the Passion of Jesus (1529), a masterpiece of the painter Bernardino Luini (ca. 1480- ca. 1531), whose work is one of the highest achievements of Renaissance painting Lombard influence of Leonardo; also from Luini are the frescoes of the Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist (the first side chapel) and the Last Supper (on the south wall of the nave), both already in the adjoining convent.
The church is located at the end of Via Nassa, the glamor street of Lugano within an easy walk from the Hotel Federale, the entrance to the new square of the LAC (center Lugano Art and Culture) and the southern entrance of the city of Lugano. Also spectacular is the cloister of the old convent, now converted into a room for receptions and offices of the new center LAC.
LAC – Lugano Art and Culture Center
All new Art and Cultural Center of Lugano – LAC
Lugano’s citizen have been waiting for this area to be re-evaluated for a very long time. The old Hotel Palace closed in 1968 and since then the square, the park and the building have been left at their destiny with shameful results.
Now, all is new, with a Swiss touch:
the façade of the old hotel was kept and restored
the convent and its patio behind the former hotel were restored
… all new Switzerland’s newest Art and Cultural center on the all new Piazza Bernardino Luini
You must see it !
On september 12th, 2015 the museums and the concert hall will open with a very interesting inauguration programm lasting more than 2 weeks
Additional informations: www.luganolac.ch
Monte San Salvatore MountainMarch 14th - November 1st, 2015
Spectacular 360° panoramic view from the top of the Church on the very top of the mountain. Look at Lugano and its lake from a very unique position.
Ideal to visit if you have little time to spend in Lugano.
It takes you a mere 25 minutes walk from the hotel or train station to the departing station of the cablecar. Ride to the top of Mount San Salvatore on one of the steepest cablecars south of the alps, enjoy the view and the restauarant, ride back to the bottom and you still have time to discover other sites and/or shopping in and around Lugano.
Additional informations: www.montesansalvatore.ch
Monte Bre MountainMarch 7th - December 30th, 2015
Mount Monte Bré is the mountain which you see from our comfort and superior rooms, located to the east of Lugano.
Mount Bré is one of the sunniest areas of Switzerland, offers beautiful views from the Alps to Monte Rosa and of course view of the gulf of Lugano.
Enjoy a 30-35 minutes stroll along the lake and gardens to reach the departing station of the cablecar, or a busride of a few minutes.
Visit also the picturesque village of Bré, seen from our hotel it lies behind the mountain. The village is also the starting point to numerous hiking paths and mountain biking routes. Mountain bikes can be rented at cablecar station (advance booking strongly suggested)
Additional informations: www.montebre.ch
Mount Monte LemaMarch 29th - November 1st, 2015
Mount Monte Lema, with its altitude of 5528 feet, has a wonderful panoramic peak of the southern part of Switzerland. From its top, you can admire both lakes of Ticino, Lake Lugano and Lake Maggiore with Locarno, Ascona and the valleys of Luino.
Being at “only” 5528 feed, the peak is still green, lush and in August you find wild blueberries.
Thanks to its climate and conformation, Mount Monte Lema, is the ideal starting point for flying with a hand-glider or go mountain biking.
The most beautiful mountain hike, takes you on a journey from Monte Tamaro to Monte Lema in about 4.5 hours mountain hike. Be prepared !!
More informations: www.montelema.ch
Reopening in 2016
The only cogwheel mountain train south of the alps. Takes you from the lakeshore at 260 meters above see level to over 1700 meters. So, altidutes which everyone can reach without having health troubles.
During summertime it ensures a few degrees less heat, in spring and Autumn you might see a shade of snow. In any case, the correct altitude to do some hiking
Park Ciani and lakefront promenadeJanuary 1 to December 31
The Ciani Park is Lugano’s green pearl. Located near the city centre and fronting on Lake Ceresio, it covers a surface of 63,000 square meters. The park is decorated with paths shaded by century-old trees that wind around flower beds, velvety green lawns and small squares attracting visitors to take a rest. Sculptures and fountains decorate the paths.
The Parco Ciani is divided in two distinct parts.
The first, adjacent to the Villa Ciani, is accessible via the main entrance at the end of the lakeside promenade. This section presents both English and Italian-style gardens characterized by flowerbeds in bloom decorated with shrubs and trees from around the world.
The second, extending from the boathouse to the river Cassarate, has a more natural feel than the first. The species of trees that populate it are native to the Ticino woodlands: oak, linden, plane and maple. There is also an area dedicated to younger visitors, equipped with a playground for children of all ages. The redevelopment of river Cassarate’s mouth – which flows into lake Ceresio at the far end of the park – has given further added value to the area, offering to its visitors a new green space and relaxing-zone. From the river’s mouth the view over the city is particularly beautiful.
At only 10 minutes walk from Hotel Federale
Botanical Garden-Parco San Grato
Botanical Garden of Carona called Parco San Grato. Free admission. You reach it by postal bus starting from Lugano Lakeshore (or hiking down from Mountain San Salvatore).