Lugano is in the south of Switzerland, in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, which borders Italy. The city lies on Lake Lugano (which is spread across the border between Switzerland and Italy). In recent years Lugano has attracted a number of celebrities, entertainers and successful sports people and is now known as the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland.”
Following the Second World War, (mainly through the 1960’s/1970’s) and an abundant flow of capital from nearby Italy, Lugano experienced a period of exponential growth in banking activities which led to it placing itself as the third financial centre of Switzerland, with over 100 banking institutions present in the town. Lugano is the home of the faculties of informatics, economics, and communication sciences.
There are lots of things to see and do in Lugano and there are plenty great shops here. You can go to the Lido (beach area), there is a beautiful large park area with a great playground for children of all age and there are often various events on throughout the summer months.
It takes approximately 40 minutes to drive to Lugano from Menaggio. Alternatively you can take the C12 bus from Menaggio and the journey time is one hour and you don’t have to negotiate the small narrow roads with hairpinbends. You can buy bus tickets from some cafes but also from the Tabaccheria. Remember to take your passport with you incase they stop you at border control.
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