Lugano is an attractive city in Switzerland, situated on the border with Italy in the Canton of Ticino. The city is in an Italian-speaking part of Switzerland and has beautiful lakes and stunning scenery, with the main feature being Lake Lugano. It's a popular destination in the winter for skiing and other Alpine sports.
Lugano Airport (LUG) is a small but busy airport which makes the region easily accessible to tourists and business travellers alike. When you arrive at the airport, simply collect your Lugano hire car, and you'll be on your way to your onward destination.
Lugano has many excellent hotels, making it the ideal place to stay if you want to explore the region. It is often used as a base by travellers hoping to see more of southern Switzerland and the city is only a short drive from the Italian lakes. Just to the east you'll find Monte Brè, a small mountain which offers impressive views over Lake Lugano.
From Lugano's city centre you can travel by boat to the protected village of Gandria, where you'll be able to stroll down the Olive Path or relax by the lake. Renting your own vehicle is one of the best ways to see towns such as Montagnola, once home to the German writer Herman Hesse. The various options for car hire in Lugano give you the freedom to explore the region at your own pace.
Within the wider district there are a number of smaller municipalities, including Vico Morcote and Carona. The municipality of Melide is home to the renowned Swissminiatur, a museum full of miniature versions of major Swiss buildings, which is not to be missed if you're visiting the region. Other popular tourist attractions include the Luigi Rossi Art Museum in the nearby village of Tesserete.
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