May 8 – 9, 2016
Earlier this May, before planting some roots in Italy for the two months, I decided to take a short trip with my friend, whom I drove down the coast of Portugal with, to the beautiful lakeside town of Lugano. Lugano is only 40 mins from the Como S. Giovanni station and is a fairly easy trip with only one transfer in Chiasso.
We didn’t do much since we only had one day and arrived on a Sunday when almost everything was closed, but we did stroll the promenade in Old Town and dined at Trattoria Pizzeria Galleria. Since Lugano is near the Italian border, there is a heavy Italian influence–in fact, most people speak Italian there.
Lugano was stunning and clean with its picture perfect streets. However, I will be honest, it was not cheap–I mean, it’s in Switzerland! Hotels are expensive, a small plate of pasta at a $$ restaurant was ~25 euros and a bowl of soup was 14 euros. I’m not complaining and am very happy I had the opportunity to see it, but I think you can get more bang for your buck (including more things to do and see) back on Lake Como. So, if you’re thinking of visiting Lugano from Lake Como, make it a day trip :).