Just 30 minutes by train from Lake Como, Lugano, Switzerland makes a great day trip if you are traveling in Northern Italy. This high-class wealthy City is sparkling clean with a beautiful waterfront park. Lugano is also known for high-end shopping with stores like Prada, however, the central district also has several smaller, local stores as well. Prices in this town are a bit off the charts, so we window-shopped and enjoyed simply walking the lovely Via Nassa. Tip: You will need to do a currency exchange if you plan on using cash as Switzerland uses the Swiss franc.
Note: This Switzerland page has Lugano only because, well, that's the only City we have visited so far. Of course, we will add to it when our travels bring us back to this region.
Lake Lugano Waterfront: From the train platform, walk down to the Lake Lugano waterfront. Taking a stroll earlier in the day avoids crowds and the lake itself is quite still and beautiful.
Parco Ciani: Down by the waterfront is Lugano's City Park. Wind your way through the park to view the park's modern art installations and beautiful landscaping.
Shopping Via Nassa, Central Lugano: Continue your walking tour of Lugano by heading up the street, Via Nassa. Grand Café, located on Via Nassa, was opened in the early 19th century. Via Nassa is lined with both high-end international stores as well as local shops. Even though we decided just to window-shop, it was fun to stroll the streets, viewing all that this shopping district had to offer.