Travel and Culture in Lombardy
Lugano is the most important town in Switzerland. It is situated on the shores of a beautiful lake, which has been a very loved touristic destination since 1800. The town represents a perfect bridge that connects the Mediterranean Europe to North Europe. Lugano has got a luxuriant vegetation because of its geographical position and its mild climate that presents long periods of sunny and dry weather. The town is characterized by the presence of the lake and is surrounded by Mount Brè and Mount San Salvatore, which contain the urban centre inside a wonderful natural amphitheatre.
Reaching Lugano by plane is quite easy if you keep the Milan Malpensa airport as a reference or, leaving from Switzerland, you can use the Agno airport, which is connected to Lugano by a very efficient shuttle train service.
Otherwise, if you want to reach Lugano by car from Milan you can drive along the Milano-Chiasso Laghi motorway, as far as Como Brogeda and then you can choose if you prefer to drive along the Swiss motorway as far as Lugano or drive on to the Oria Valsolda pass and go back to the Italian territory.
Otherwise, another practicable way is to cross Milan, leave the motorway in Como Nord, then reach Cernobbio and take the main road 340 (S.S. Statale Regina), that runs along the western shore of lake Como, as far as Argegno. Then you have to drive on to Intelvi Valley and drive down to Osteno, that is the first village you meet along the lake. Driving on along this road you reach Porlezza and then, from there, you can go along the western shore of the lake as far as Lugano.
If you arrive from North Europe you have to drive along the Ceneri motorway as far as Lugano and follow the exit signs “Lugano Nord” and “Lugano Sud”.