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Lugano Mediterranean flair, Swiss quality, Italian lifestyle Imagine yourself on that perfect summer afternoon, sipping a cappuccino on a beautiful lakeside promenade and strolling through the narrow alleyways of an enchanting medieval town. Lugano, with its crystal-clear lake, splendid mountain scenery and historic centre, invites everyone to choose their favourite pastime. TEXT: CORDELIA MAKARTSEV | PHOTOS: LUGANO TOURISMO

Situated on the northern side of Lake Lugano in the Italian-speaking Swiss canton of Ticino and surrounded by majestic mountains, the vibrant city of Lugano is hard to beat when it comes to diversity. “Thanks to our proximity to Italy, Lugano looks a little bit as if you were already in Italy but with the Swiss quality,”says David Piffaretti, communication officer at the Lugano Area Tourist Board, as he describes his town.That Lugano caters for every taste is something he is very proud of. Art connoisseurs, nature lovers, shopping queens and regaled foodies find their personal heaven on the shores of Lake Lugano.

when the camellias and magnolias are in bloom.This is the right time to discover the historic centre, a traffic-free gem with Mediterranean piazzas, narrow cobblestone streets and old arcades. Enjoy the first warm rays of sunlight on your face while waiting for your cafe latte in an elegant pavement café. But Lugano is not only famous for its historic buildings; over the past 50 years, the Ticino region has developed into an important region for architecture. One of its internationally known architects, Mario Botta, left his marks in Lugano with Botta's Banca della Svizzera Italiana (Viale Franscini) and the Palazzo Ransila (Via Pretorio).

Cultural highlights and superb shopping in the historic centre

Art connoisseurs will find it difficult to choose between the excellent exhibitions and museums on offer. The Museo Cantonale d'Arte shows paintings by Klee,

Thanks to its temperate climate, Lugano is an ideal destination even in early spring,

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Jawlensky, Renoir and Degas.Villa Malpensata, a splendid villa from the 18th century overlooking the lake and surrounded by a lush garden, hosts Lugano’s Art Museum, specialising in 20th century art. “For shopping, head to Via Nassa”is David Piffaretti’s recommendation. Elegant and sophisticated, this historical street is lined