Today I could finally visit Lugano, a picturesque town lying on the eponymous Swiss lake, an Italian-speaking district of southern Switzerland called Canton Ticino. The bus left us In the heart of the historic city centre, a very intimate part of the city close to the charming Piazza della Riforma, with its multi-colored historic buildings. Off the piazza, the stylishly fashionable Via Nassa, with its boutiques, bookshops and upscale jewelers, elevates window-shopping to a whole new level. Our guide explained that the city is also a financial district, third largest in Switzerland, with many worldwide leading companies hosting conferences or seminars here. That also explains the numerous high quality restaurants. The star tourist attraction in Lugano and Canton Ticino region is Lake Lugano. You can enjoy it several different ways: tour on one of the white steamers that have been delighting passengers along the lake since 1848, walk along the promenade nesting the shoreline, or take the Funicular to the top of the Monte San Salvatore, where the views are especially impressive and magnificent, extending 360 degrees. From the promenade, the alpine mountains that are reflected in sparkling blue Lake Lugano showcase its stunning beauty.
On our way back to the bus we walked along the lake, taking some keepsake photos of the bright blue water, and we had fun feeding the swans in a park along the promenade. For me it was an enchanting day, I could not get enough of the beautiful scenery of the alpine lake and cleanliness of the city.