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Location - Western Europe; Capital - Berne; Population - 8 million; Currency - Swiss Franc MORE SWITZERLAND

From Busingen it was on to the second enclave in Switzerland, Campione d'Italia, a small piece of Italy on Lake Lugano. So the perfect base was the Swiss city of Lugano, an Italian speaking lakeside resort - April 2014.

 

swissnote20 Swiss Francs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz154The train journey from Zurich to Lugano passes some great scenery including several Alpine lakes. After Lake Zurich comes Lake Zug

 

switz155And soon after is Lake Lucerne

 

switz159Walking along cobbled shopping streets in Lugano. The red booths are being prepared as Easter stalls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz162Gabbani is a famous delicatessen selling sausages et al - Lugano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz165The Cantonale Art Museum is on the left - Lugano

 

switz167Piazza della Riforma is the centre of the city - Lugano

 

switz170It's a hive of activity during the day with lots of bars and al fresco dining - Lugano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz171 I love this statue in Piazza Indipendenza - Lugano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz172Parco Civico is a place to lounge around with friends and family - Lugano

 

switz174The park is on the shores of Lake Lugano - Lugano

 

switz178The Alps serve as a backdrop to San Lorenzo Cathedral - Lugano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz189Arcaded lakeside buildings at Lake Lugano - Lugano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz193The shimmering waters of Lake Lugano - Lugano

 

switz197A tree-lined boulevard on the waterfront - Lugano

 

switz195Lake Lugano's promenade - Lugano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz196The shore curves around and rises to 925m Monte Bre with snow capped mountains between - Lugano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz226The San Salvatore funicular climbs to the top of Monte San Salvatore - Lugano

 

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The views from San Salvatore are absolutely superb: the deep blue lake, the city sprawl and the snow capped Alpine mountains as a backdrop - Lugano

 

switz207Take in the 360° views - Lugano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz219On top of Monte San Salvatore - Lugano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz216The city of Lugano curves around the lake - Lugano

 

switz220The reason I came to Lugano was to visit the Italian enclave below, Campione d'Italia, surrounded by Switzerland

 

switz223Middle left near the lakeshore is the vast Casino d'Italia - Campione d'Italia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz206The link between Campione d'Italia and Lugano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz228The Alps surrounding Lugano are around 2,500 to 3,000m high - Lugano

 

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On the opposite end of the city is the funicular to Monte Bre - Lugano

 

switz240The pastel yellow building is a restaurant, ideal for absorbing more stunning views - Lugano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz234 Campione d'Italia is on the left, Monte San Salvatore on the right - Lugano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz236The peak on the left is Monte San Salvatore, leading down to Lugano

 

switz241Street art on the tunnel beneath the train station - Lugano

 

switz187My next stop by night, Campione d'Italia. As usual it's dominated by the casino, lit up here in red - Campione d'Italia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.lakelugano.info

www.myswitzerland.com - Swiss tourist office

www.sbb.ch - Switzerland train website

www.youthhostel.ch - youth hostels in Switzerland

www.swisstravelsystem.com - info on Swiss public transport

 

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