Lugano is situated on a bay on the northern shore of Lake Lugano and framed by two landmark mountains (Monte San Salvatore and Monte Brè). With approximately 70,000 inhabitants, this Mediterranean-like city has an international flair. It is the largest city in the Canton of Ticino and the third most important financial centre in Switzerland, after Zurich and Geneva. Lugano is not just a banking and business centre, but thanks to its mild climate also a popular resort, which every year attracts visitors from around the world. While cold temperatures still prevail in the north, camellias and magnolias are already blooming here, and the promenade with its parks and numerous subtropical plants is perfect for leisurely strolling. Lugano was ruled by the Milan Visconti family in the second half of the 14th century and clearly shows its Italian heritage. The pedestrian-only historic city centre is well worth a visit. Among the popular sites, you will find the majestic Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Lombard-style buildings with arcades, and elegant villas surrounded by beautiful gardens. Not only is Lugano a university and cultural city with several museums and the modern cultural centre LAC with theatre and concert hall, it is also an ideal destination for nature and hiking enthusiasts. A funicular leads to the Monte Brè and Mount San Salvatore, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view. From the peak, a hiking trail leads down to the lake, and from there Lugano can be reached by boat. Other popular destinations for a day trip include the picturesque fishing villages of Morcote and Gandria, plus Monte Generoso and Monte Sighignola, both of which offer a spectacular vantage point on the opposite side of the lake. Monte Sighignoa is also called “Balcone d”Italia” because of the breath-taking view from Lake Lugano to Monte Rosa. The wide range of hotels, apartments, rooms and private accommodations offers a suitable accommodation for every traveller. Several bed & breakfasts are available with a fantastic view or a pool and garden.