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Lugano Parks

October 11th, 2016 | By Paola Mazzo in Activities, Parco San Marco, Surroundings | No Comments »

The town of Lugano thanks to its strategic location enjoys a mild climate all year round: you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the great number of parks that are to be found on our territory. So visit them during your next stay at the Parco San Marco!

Here is a brief presentation of the major parks in the charming city of Ticino.


The Park of Villa Heleneum: this small floral jewel, situated in Castagnola on the shores of Lake Lugano, reserves many surprises with its rich Mediterranean vegetation. This delightful park was designed in ‘Liberty’ style in 1931 and constructed at the same time as the villa, in neoclassical style, a faithful copy of Petit Tiranon at Versailles. The generous garden surrounding the building is packed with an amazing variety of tropical and subtropical plants and flowers which survive the winter thanks to the favourable microclimate, unique to the area.

The Olive Park and Path: this terraced natural park, facing South is covered with a richly flowering meadow. The path winds through an area of rare natural beauty where ancient olive groves coexist with ones of more recent implantation.

Parco Ciani: overlooking the shores of lake Ceresio, its 63.000 sq. metres constitute the city’s green lung; it’s a quiet place where you can take nice walks and where it is impossible to remain unperturbed by the grandeur of century old trees. Many paths cross the beautiful flowerbeds, embellished by statues and fountains, and the perfectly maintained meadows. The park is divided into two different areas. The first one, close to Villa Ciani, is reachable through the main entrance and presents English-style gardens. The second area stretches from the lake shore to the river Cassarate and has a “wilder” look.


The San Grato Park: the San Grato Botanical Park lies between Monte San Salvatore and Monte Arbostora, approximately 10 km from Lugano and extends to 690 m S/m, with an exceptional panorama across the immediate surroundings over the peaks of the alpine chain. It has the greatest collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and conifers of the whole Insubric Region, in terms of variety and quantity.

The Scherrer Park: this park offers you the unique opportunity of taking an extraordinary trip through time and space, where past and present, history and nature co-exist in perfect harmony. The park is made up of two areas, each with a predominant style: one Mediterranean and one Asian.

The San Michele Park: the park consists in a natural green area of 12000 sq. metres and offers one of the city’s most spectacular views. Its footpaths lead you to the discovery of typically southern vegetation. The most attractive feature of the park is its location and panorama, consisting of the gulf of Lugano, with its little harbours, the Lido and the promenade on the lake-front, spread at your feet around the gulf.


Written by Roberta Ostinelli, Reception