Free tour

Lugano essential tour (1,5 h)

Duration: 1h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Ursina
Registered on June 11, 2023

Welcome! My name is Ursina, I am Swiss German and passed my childhood near Zurich, however Lugano has been my home for the last 25 years. Having had a professional background in Hotel and Catering I am multilingual. I would like to share this beautiful city and its surroundings with everyone, and I have created a tour to show the best sites of interest in Lugano and its environment in a cost-effective way. It will be a great pleasure to guide you through a discovery trip of our beautiful city and area. Book your tour and follow me and enjoy this beautiful place on Lake Ceresio with the surrounding Alps.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

You will discover an Italian-speaking town with a Mediterranean atmosphere. It was not until 1513 that Lugano became a part of Switzerland and therefore this town is very much Italian, mainly its architecture, the language and the food. We are going to visit the most interesting sights. And last but not least, the most important fresco in Switzerland. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Riva Giocondo Albertolli 1, 6900 Luga...
    Riva Giocondo Albertolli 1, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland
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    Meeting point The meeting point is at the main entrance of Parco Ciani on via Giocondo Albertolli 1, just opposite of the Lugano Casino. Coordinates: 46.00377, 8.95575 I posted a photo of myself in Lugano, in order to be recognized immediately.

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    Free admission
    Parco Ciani

    We will meet at the main entrance of Ciani Park and set out for our discovery tour from there. First we visit this beautiful park and will also take a look at the prestigious Villa Ciani from outside.

  • 2
    Free admission
    Chiesa di San Rocco

    Church of San Rocco was built at the end of '500 but the facade, in neo-baroque style, in 1909. Inside, along the walls, frescoes of the seventeenth century.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Quartiere Maghetti

    In the Maghetti aerea are located numerous cafés, bars, restaurants, the oldest cinema of the town and nice shops.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Piazza Riforma

    The Piazza della Reforma is Lugano's main square and is an inviting place for tourists and locals to relax as they enjoy the many bistros and restaurants. Its main attraction is the Neoclassical town hall. This building was projected by the prolific Italian architect Giacomo Moraglia.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Piazza Cioccaro

    At the Cioccaro square I will explain its history and explain how to reach the Lugano Cathedral at the end of the tour on your own. Here you can also find one of the most beautiful palaces of Lugano, which is called Palazzo Riva.

  • 6
    Outside visit

    In this street in the city center you will find historic buildings and modern shops of international brands. Traditional markets of seasonal fruits and vegetables are located in this street. Here you can also shop for gastronomic specialities.

  • 7
    Outside visit

    Via Nassa with its 270-meter-long, ancient city arcades, is one of Lugano’s historical streets and the luxury shop destination.

  • 8
    Outside visit
    Piazza Bernardino Luini

    Piazza Bernardino Luini it is the largest square in town and acts as gateway to the traditional core of Lugano. Here you can also find LAC Lugano our cultural center devoted to the stage and visual arts as well as to music. We will also visit Santa Maria degli Angeli church famous for a sixteenth century fresco, that is considered to be the most important one in Switzerland. We want miss to visit the cloister of the old Franciscan convent adjacent to the lac.

  • 9
    Outside visit
    Piazza Alessandro Manzoni

    Here our tour will end, this place is a strategical point to show you where you can go and what you can do in your free time in Lugano and in its surroundings.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Stefan 24 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Sehr schöne Tour und ausgesprochen nette Person
Lorraine 29 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Ursina hat uns viele insider Tipps für Lugano und die Schweiz gegeben. Wir haben durch die Tour ein viel tieferes Verständnis erhalten. Vielen Dank Ursina! ~~ Ursina provided us lots of insider tips about Lugano and Switzerland as a whole! There was a lot we simply didn’t know and ended with a much deeper understanding. Thank you so much, Ursina!
Cheryl 29 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
The tour surprised us with all the sights and history of Lugano, which we wouldn’t have known on our own. Ursina is knowledgeable about the history of Lugano, and showed us Easter eggs around the charming city.
Kim TISBA 25 Dec 2023

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Travelled alone - Dec 2023
Great tour of the city center of Lugano
Dilyana 16 Oct 2023

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Ein Traum! Sie war super nett, kompetent, sehr herzlich und mit sehr viel Spass hat uns Lugano & Mont Bre gezeigt. Ganz lieben Dank!!!!! Jederzeit gerne wieder <3
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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