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Spring Run

April 18th, 2018 | By Elisa Novati in Activities, Parco San Marco, Surroundings, To know more about | No Comments »

Just this morning I came across the post published on one of the most famous app for runners who said “running is like drinking coffee, after you’re better”. In part I fully agree that after each workout releases the determination of a lioness, but on the other hand, this sentiment overlooks the most important part, namely the sensations that you feel during the run. For example, what would be the point of feeling full and satiated if we didn’t enjoy the meal?


That’s why today I would like to talk about the benefits felt both during and also after a nice open air run.

When the summer arrives, nature shines in its thousand colours, the sun caresses still icy cheeks, and our senses awaken among flowering trees and enchanting scents.  It fills us with enthusiasm and energy, inviting us out of the door to feel the freedom under our feet, the oxygen that fills our lungs and joy – our soul.  Because there is no better antidepressant than physical activity in the open air and especially jogging or running which can free us from our anxieties, develop our creativity and improve our mood.

Thanks to the flood of oxygen that the blood is carrying from the contracted lungs, all our systems and tissues benefit from improved functions: the brain is stimulated to find new ideas and solutions, bones and cartilage are strengthened with the production of vitamin D, the digestion is improved and is able to intake more vitamins and minerals, the immune system is also strengthened, endorphins and serotonin are released into the body, hormones of happiness and then …. we burn “bad” fats such as cholesterol, reducing weight and ‘roundness’. In short: performance, better posture, healthier skin, less body fat and more toned muscles, feeling that we are improving and that we have control of your body and your life, all working miracles on the self-esteem. But let’s see where this miracle takes place and where we can best benefit from all these advantages in the surroundings.

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Parco San Marco, with its magnificent position on the shore of Lake Lugano, offers enchanting scenery to enjoy nature and awaken our lifeblood. The first route for your run that we can take is along the north-west shore of Lake Lugano. Starting from Parco San Marco in little more than 2 km you arrive in Porlezza, skirting the lake and continuing on the old main road outside the tunnel. On this route we take double advantage of the morning sunshine, reflections and water games of ducks and swans that accompany us in our training.

You have a lot of energy to burn, you could venture onto the bike/pedestrian path that connects Porlezza with Bene Lario. This is the route of the former railway, the tracks of which have been removed, transforming it currently into a path immersed in the woods, which crosses the Nature Reserve of Lake Piano, touching the village and the Old Crotto Castle of Carlazzo.  It is almost 6 km long and has a difference in height of almost 300 meters above sea level.

But you know, goals have more meaning when they are shared.  In fact, even in Porlezza, following the now countless running events for amateurs organized throughout our peninsula, this year the first edition of “Vivi Porlezza di Corsa”, a non-competitive 12 km race open to all, will be held on July 7, 2018. It is a great event full of sports, music and firework displayS and the site is already open for registrations.

I can only conclude by inviting you to put on your sports shoes and leave home at the first opportunity. And you’ll see:

Run, run, run … 10 Km in 48:40 … If you give a heart to your legs, they will take you even where your mind does not want to go. Beyond Limits!(Broadcasting, Twitter)

written by Nedelina Martinova



The UNESCO Sites of our Territory

February 20th, 2018 | By Elisa Novati in Activities, Parco San Marco, Surroundings, To know more about | No Comments »

Near the Parco San Marco resort, there are several sites that are part of the UNESCO heritage and that are worth visiting during your stay here with us!



In the Sacred Mountains of northern Italy are groups of chapels and other architectural artefacts erected between the 16th and 17th centuries. In addition to their symbolic and spiritual significance, they possess remarkable qualities of beauty and are integrated into a natural and landscape environment of hills, forests and lakes. These are the reasons that led UNESCO to include them on the World Heritage list in 2003.

The Sacro Monte above Varese rises to 883 m. s.l.m. The devotional path develops along the slopes of Monte Velate, in a splendid panoramic position that turns the gaze to the prealpine lakes and the plain. At the Sacro Monte in Varese, important artists, such as Giovan Mauro della Rovere, one of the Fiammenghini and Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli, called the Morazzone, have worked in cultural landscape of Lombardy.

Located on the western side of Lake Como, the Sacro Monte di Ossuccio has remarkable scenery. The complex is located on a slope immediately behind Ossuccio (419 m s.l.m.), opposite the Comacina island, in a splendid panoramic position on the lake. The Sacred Mount is made up of fifteen chapels dedicated to the Mysteries of the Rosary, built between 1635 and 1710. These are distributed along a cobbled road that leads to the sanctuary, along olive groves that give the complex a great harmony between architecture and landscape.


monte san giorgio panorama

The Monte San Giorgio is the best evidence of a geological history dating back to the Triassic 245-230 million years ago and, through the thousands of fossils found from the nineteenth century up to the present day, has allowed us to study the evolution of various animal species and plant. The site presents the remains of a tropical lagoon environment, separated from the open sea, near the emerged lands whose palaeontological content includes terrestrial organisms such as reptiles, insects and plants.

The rocky pyramid of Monte San Giorgio rises 1,097 meters between Lombardy and the Canton of Ticino, between the two southern branches of Lake Lugano, Porto Ceresio (Italy) and Capolago (Switzerland).

From the nineteenth century until today, 21,000 specimens have been found that have allowed us to study the history and evolution of many animal and plant species, some of which are exclusive to Monte San Giorgio, making it a point of reference for the studies of the Middle Triassic period.


The castles of Bellinzona are among the most admirable examples of medieval fortified architecture in Switzerland. Today’s configuration of the Bellinzona lock, which has its distant origins in a late-ancient nucleus located on the hill of Castelgrande, is essentially due to the complex construction activity promoted by the Dukes of Milan in the fifteenth century. At that time, the construction of a powerful defensive system that barred the width of the Ticino valley to stop the advance of the confederates was brought back to light. Even today this fortification, with its crenellated walls, towers and gates, does not cease to arouse wonder.castello-2_slideshow

After reconstructions that took place over the centuries, restorations and recent improvements, the three castles, Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbaro received recognition of the World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2000.

Today, the easiest way to get to the Castelgrande is the lift, which from the base of the hill leads directly into the complex.

Good resolutions for the new year

January 22nd, 2018 | By Elisa Novati in Activities, Parco San Marco, To know more about | No Comments »

It’s the same old story every year: we set ourselves goals, all relatively “healthy”, to make sure that the new year starts with the best possible spin!

In the top ten resolutions for the new year we find our beloved: “I have to start the diet / I want to get back in shape”!


This is obviously a good one – not only is it  healthy but it can also help a person’s self-esteem. Moving reduces the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. Needless to say, however, we must not overdo it: it is not healthy to give up everything to lose weight, just set yourself up with a safe and healthy. But it’s not just about what you eat.

Doing more physical activity helps both the body and the mind. Here, near our resort, there are many places for walking and trekking. Besides the fact that, during the summer, we offer our customers a great quantity of sporting activities from adventure climbing to archery, from climbing to scuba diving. So as well as relaxing, you can also fulfill your intentions!

In second place, the “quit smoking” and “I stop drinking” resolutions are awarded on a par! While not for everyone, many will understand what you are talking about.

Now we know that smoking is bad, but it is a vice that many have and cannot stop. You may want to quit for the kids that run around the house, or because your new girlfriend does not like you smoking (like Meghan Markel and Prince Harry!), or you want to stop for a variety of other reasons. Either way, smoking is a bad habit and it would be better to let it go.

Drinking one or two glasses of wine is fine and, as a good Italian, I also say that it’s good! In excess, however, it always hurts. Excess of alcoholic beverages is not great for our own selves and can even lead to devastating consequences for people who surround us.

“The morning has the gold in its mouth”, is an ancient proverb, and there is nothing more true! As a resoltuion, this will not be for everyone, but we still put it in our top ten. Let’s not fool ourselves. Waking up early is a great sacrifice and there are those who, in doing so, can be very grumpy indeed! The positive thing, however, is that, after having gotten up early and having discovered everything that can be done in those hours, you will not want to turn back (weekends excluded).

The last resolution is: “I want to enrich myself intellectually”. Every year we become older and therefore our brains tend to shrink. So how can you try to always be mentally active and lively? Obviously reading more; and this does not just mean reading the headlines and two or three whole articles. You should at least find the time to read a chapter a day of a book that you like or is of interest.


In short, we must start 2018 with the right motivation to ensure that our year is one of the best.

So, I wish you all a happy new year!

 Written by Lara Beatrice


Trip to Rogolone – the monumental oak

October 27th, 2017 | By Annalisa De Maria in Activities, Parco San Marco, Surroundings, To know more about | No Comments »

The Rogolone is located on a plateau surrounded by woods in Val Menaggio. Nestled between Lake Como and Lake Lugano and sitting at the center of a large lawn, gorgeous and magnificent as any cathedral, it is even more beautiful and fascinating because it is a legendary, living oak tree.


It is eight hundred years old and, after so many centuries, the bark of its trunk is crossed by deep longitudinal grooves and it has the color and appearance of rock, identical to that of the stone seat at its base.

The tree unfortunately presents an obvious wound, a large branch cut a few years ago by a scribe looking for wood. It is difficult to prevent it from being damaged, even though it has, since 1928, been granted a protection bond by the Ministry of Education and is now under the tutelage of the Italia Nostra Association.

The reach of its boughs has a circumference of fifty meters, covering the whole lawn with its shadow and the perfect structure of its branches stand out against the sky. Here, once, the wise men, the elders of the surrounding countries (before Italy became a single country in 1861), gathered to administer justice and ratify the most important decisions. A preserved document of the fifteenth century, records the meeting that took place under the Rogolone between representatives of Beilate, Grona, Naggio and Grandola, to establish the borders of the four countries and end the ongoing litigation, taking witness of their Commitment to the great oak, sacred to the local people from the earliest times, when the “Spring Festival” was celebrated under its fronds and held magical and religious rites.



A second smaller oak stands on the edge of the lawn. While less grand in stature, this too is also classified as a “monumental tree” due to its age and could have witnessed the sacredness of the site, once encircled by a crown of trees of which only two have survived and a spring that is still 100 meters away from Rogolone, whose pure water was indispensable for ancient religious ceremonies.

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To reach Rogolone from Parco San Marco: take the car in the direction of Menaggio, at the first traffic light turn left towards Carlazzo. Once at Carlazzo follow the signs for Gottro (fraction of the municipality of Carlazzo). Once you reach the hamlet, turn right into Via San Giorgio, a narrow, paved downhill road leading to the church of San Giorgio with an annexed cemetery. In the small square in front of the church begins a path that leads directly up to the Rogolone (pay attention to the first junction that you meet to take the path on the right).

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate

September 22nd, 2017 | By Roberto Fornari in Activities, Parco San Marco, Surroundings, To know more about | No Comments »

Making me laugh, smile and rejoice

Certainly chocolate brings good humor. The same as staying in Parco San Marco.

So how does one talk about chocolate? Simple. At the chocolate event that being organised in Lugano.


CHOC is a fair organized by CHOC SAGL and sponsorsed by the City of Lugano, in collaboration with the Lugano Tourist Board and the Society of Mastri Panettieri – Pasticcieri – Confettieri of the Canton Ticino (SMPPC).

It is the only Swiss fair in Switzerland dedicated to the history, production and processing of chocolate. CHOC is for families and professionals with categories relating to confectionery, pastry and gastronomy in general, with particular attention to young people who are eager to undertake a profession in the industry.

It is a great opportunity to experience confectionary tasting, meet manufacturers and learn about the machines used for industrial scale production as well as hand-crafted chocolate making at the same time as taking advantage of first-class services.

The goal of the 1st edition of CHOC is to involve guest producing countries. With 50 exhibitors in an exhibition area of over 2,000 square meters, the event is expecting over 20,000 visitors from Ticino, near Italy, and especially from beyond the Gotthard, taking full advantage of the new Gotthard base tunnel.


At the CHOC fair, as well as cocoa bean growers, you will be able to meet fashion designers with their own dedicated shows, pastry masters with special “Show-CHOCking” restaurants and starred chefs who will present numerous chocolate techniques for the traditional kitchen. The event will feature books dedicated to the industry, public figures, artists with photographic exhibitions, and Swiss and European schools in the professional training sector.

In addition to exhibitors featuring products and services, CHOC will also offer chocolate workshops, workshops, conferences and debates. Let’s not forget the demonstrations and professional competitions that will be presented in the demo area where you can see live presentations of all the tricks and preparation techniques of pastry masters.

All demonstrations and presentations will be organized directly in collaboration with the exhibitors, partner companies and Swiss and foreign professional schools of the 1st edition of the CHOC trade fair.

CHOC will focus on various themes including: the Chocolate Museum, the conference area and “Workshop” open to the public and industry experts, the demonstration area and special “Show-CHOCking” shows with a photographic exhibition on the history of chocolate, the press corner with national and international magazines, bio-vegan and fair trade chocolate and many other surprises!

And for the little ones there will be lots of fun opportunities.



July 15th, 2017 | By Elisa Novati in Activities, Parco San Marco, Surroundings | No Comments »

From June 28th to August 1st, the 7th edition of the Long Lake Festival – one of the biggest urban open-air events in Switzerland – will take place in Lugano! Every day there will be events and entertainment from the afternoon until late at night.

Longlake Lugano

Concerts, music for all tastes, literature, encounters, animations, theater and dance performances, cinemas, children’s activities, urban art installations will invade and move the streets, squares and public parks of the city, creating an intense encounter between Artists and the public.

The Festival, organized by the Events and Congresses of the City of Lugano, will host various events including:

BUSKER FESTIVAL: an apparent delusion of freaks, artists, musicians who in five days make-up and break into an artistic harmony of beauty and fullness. The Festival pays tribute to the artistic performance of the street, which in spite of the essentials of the media, gives life to quality performances.

SWISS HARLEY DAYS: the world’s most famous two-wheelers are back and the city becomes a motorcycle village. In the scheduled concerts, visit the stand with the industry news and see the traditional parade that brings together more than a thousand centaurs discovering the Luganese region.

ROAM ROAM: is the festival dedicated to live music. This year, the festival focuses on six consecutive evenings, from July 25th to July 31st, bringing to Lugano, in the splendid setting of Parco Ciani, the main stars of the current electro pop, alternative and world scenes.

ESTIVAL JAZZ LUGANO: The festival offers an exciting and particularly surprising program that, in addition to satisfying all Jazz enthusiasts, goes back to exploring the rich world of contemporary music with its rhythms, colours and melodies, oriented to the knowledge of different cultures, tolerance and coexistence.


FAMILY: The Festival offers different kinds of ideas for families and children: fairytale readings, children’s theaters, cinemas, clown show, exhibitions, and many workshops where children and teenagers can learn how to enjoy themselves.

CLASSIC: The twenty-four Capricci by Nicolò Paganini played on an evening, Der Heyser Bulgar under the fringes of the Boschetto del Parco Ciani, and Blagoslavlyayu vas, lesa (“I bless you, forests”) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the three Sonatas and the three By Johann Sebastian Bach for solo violin, Funiculi-Funicula arranged by Arnold Schönberg, XIV for solo cello by Luciano Berio, pages of the Drexel Manuscript by Karl Friedrich Abel, Fandango by Aldemaro Romero, the six Capricci by François Adrien Servais for two Cello … and much more at the LongLake Classic Festival 2017!

WORDS: With L. Cohen we whisper that light enters the cracks present in everything, with A. Camus exclaiming that culture is the cry of man in the face of his destiny. In Words, there is a desire for authenticity.

CITY BEAT FESTIVAL: City Beats Festival will return during summer 2018.

URBAN ART: Urban Art is a site of artistic initiatives that ofer a range of different experimental contexts and which link citizens with the urban context and with recall themes.

LONGLAKE PLUS: LongLake Plus collects other proposals organized during the LongLake Festival (June 28 – August 1), which enliven the Luganese summer. Although not a festival, LongLake Plus completes the festival offering by involving many other organisers and increasing the visibility of the various summer billboards.

In conclusion, the events on the agenda are varied and for all tastes! So do not miss this fantastic festival and its entertainment while staying at the Parco San Marco!


The world seen from a sail boat: the wind, a sense of liberty, respect for nature, emotions that sculpt the soul

May 22nd, 2017 | By Roberto Fornari in Activities, Parco San Marco, Surroundings, To know more about | No Comments »

“We cannot change the wind, but we can adjust our sails” (Aristoteles)

Roberto Fornari (Operations Manager) tells us about sailing on Lake Lugano:

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Close your eyes and try to imagine the following:

You are on the shore of the enchanting Lago di Lugano in Cima di Porlezza. In front of you is the port of Porlezza, numerous small boats dance on the lake. Among them is one special specimen, a beautiful sailing boat.

In no time at all, you are aboard this boat and the adventure takes its course. You glide over the emerald waters of the magical lake and you see the world from another perspective.

On the shores of the lake, in an amazing subtropical park, you can find the simply unique Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort. The Resort offers a wealth of opportunities to spend an unforgettable time:

Elegant suites with lake view

The largest private beach at Lake Lugano

Mountain forest for relaxing and climbing

Wellness and SPA for the harmony of body and mind

Four à la carte restaurants

Fitness and sports facilities

Boats, surfboards and a port with a very particular sailboat!

Let`s continue our adventure as we return to the sailboat. Next the skipper of the boat, a passionate sailor and man of action, introduces you to the rules of sailing:

  1. Regardless of how big the waves are and which vehicle you choose, each sailor wears a life jacket at all times. Even before entering the boat, they put the life vests and proper equipment.
  2. The wind, water and waves form the basic elements of sailing. Wave and wind are inseparable: the longer the distance the wind winds over the water unimpeded, the stronger the wave.
  3. On the water, sailors are not just athletes, but also traffic-users. And as in road traffic, it is important for every sailor to observe the applicable rules. The most important ones are:
  • an overtaking boat has to keep clear
  • moving boats must avoid stopped boats
  • sailboats have the right-of-way over power boats.

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The Fascination of Sailing:

Sailing is more diverse than hardly any other sport. The melting with nature and the union of matter and human, strengthens the entire personality.

And it lets you find some tranquillity! Sailing is a great way to bring peace and quiet into our busy lives; the simple sounds of the wind as it fills the sails, or the water as it flows past the boat can be very relaxing and centering, a perfect antidote to the stresses of the modern world. It gives people the understanding that they can relax, whilst at the same time focusing on sailing…

After this short introduction to sailing, let your imagination run wild and sail with the wind of the sun, on the magical Lake of Lugano!

I am looking forward to your visit.

Roberto Fornari, Operations Manager

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

History of Massage

September 21st, 2016 | By Deborah Giorno in Activities, Parco San Marco, To know more about | No Comments »

Massage is the oldest form of physical therapy, used over time by different civilizations to relieve pain and encourage the muscles to relax. The word massage seems to derive from the Arabic word “mass” (rub, press) or from the Greek word “boulder” (kneading, handle). Today it has found its place within the recognised and respected fields of physical therapy, alternative health and beauty treatments and encompasses many different types of massage all with different purposes: relaxing, muscle, sports, pain relief, draining, anti-cellulite.

The massage technique is one that is done through manual bodily contact and with precise and sequential maneuvers, reducing pain and tension in the muscles.This ancient form of therapy is one of the most natural from gestures that we make every day, given that it is instinctive to rub a sore shoulder or stroke the body part that hurts us. In practice, it is a different set of maneuvers performed on the body which relieves muscle or joint pain, to tone the volume of some tissues, but also to preserve and improve the psychological well-being by easing tension and fatigue. The massage movements should be performed in the direction of the muscle fibers and must respect the direction of the body’s circulation, therefore from the extremities towards the heart. It can be decisive and quick for a toning effect or slow and gentle for a calming effect.

In addition to this, there are various massage techniques and specific maneuvers for pregnant women, for infants or for the elderly. The touch characterized by the hand that glides over the skin with a minimum pressure (real touch) or with more accentuated pressure (deep touch).

The effects of the touch are: superficial vasodilation (the widening of blood vessels), anesthesia on the skin’s nerve endings. The deep-touch effects are: elimination of dead skin cells, stimulation of circulation (should always be practiced in the direction of the heart). With friction, unlike touch, the hand does not simply slip over the skin but engages on a deeper lever in circular or elliptical movements. The effects are: detachment of adhesions (scar or postural), dissolution of all the aggregates (cellulitis, hematoma, toxins). Percussion is a sequential series of knocks with a cupped hand, a slash or a clenched fist which induces a stimulating and invigorating effect. Surface kneading ( the act of wringing / squeezing and releasing the skin with the underlying connective tissue) and deep kneading (which involves squeezing / compressing and releasing the muscles) have the main effect of accelerating the replacement of fluids for the massaged tissue and increasing oxygenation, nourishment, cleansing and cell turnover. The vibration, which is a pressure combined with an oscillating motion, produces a calming effect on nerve endings. The “virtues” of massage are innumerable. You can start with relaxation which, already in itself, allows the body to regenerate and it rebalances the nervous and hormonal system which, in turn, provides a long list of positive effects. Among the benefits, are:

  • Reduction of tension present in the form of cramps and muscle spasms.
  • Strengthening of the immune system thanks to the fact that movement and muscle contractions are an effective way to circulate lymphatic fluid (which removes toxins) in the body.
  • Improved circulation, as the movements made during the massage help to push the blood towards the heart. In practice, it promotes the exchange, on a cellular level, of blood containing toxins to be augmented with new blood rich in nutrients.
  • The elimination of dead cells while absorbing elements that nourish the skin, making it silky and helping it breathe.
  • The feeling of well-being

Are there any situations where the treatment is inadvisable?

• Usually, this technique does not carry any contraindications, however, it is worth considering that in some situations (as in the case of injuries and diseases such as fever, inflammation, heart disease, infectious diseases) it would be prudent to avoid it. When it comes to a person with any health problems, in order to avoid unnecessary risks, it is advisable to seek the opinion of the consulting physician before undergoing any massage.

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To properly perform a massage, you can not neglect the preparation phase. During the session there are, in fact, other senses (such as smell, sight and hearing) that are also stimulated which is why the environment has to be spacious, heated (24-25 °) and comfortable; soft lighting and relaxing music in the background completes the atmosphere. For the massage itself a bed is sufficient, but you can also just lie on the ground. Scented candles, finally, enchant and engage one’s sense of smell to promote relaxation. It is advisable to use a special massage oils and creams and not to do not overdo the amount. These products are already ready-made, but can also personally be created by combining a few drops of an essential oil, chosen from those used in aromatherapy, to a base oil such as wheat germ or sunflower.

In the West, massage is done mostly on massage beds, while in the East a the futon or mat on the floor are pften used so as to make better use of the weight and the parts of the body of the massager in the execution of “pressures.” This is widely used in oriental massage techniques. In order to ensure the full benefits of a massage, the duration of the session must not be less than 30 minutes. Very rarely is it more than two hours. Special creams and oils too improve the effectiveness of treatment and the session should be conducted in an environment with proper temperature not to feel cold.

Anyone can receive a massage, with some caution regarding children as a lighter massage for them will be necessary, taking into account the fragility of their bones.

written by Deborah Giorno, SPA Manager

“Nosy about town”

August 6th, 2016 | By Roberto Fornari in Activities, Parco San Marco, Surroundings, To know more about | No Comments »

At Parco San Marco there are lots of activities providing you with the chance to relax and have fun.
For the kids too, our Club Bim Bam Bino provides joy and fun with an international animation team.

But in addition to the hotel, our region also has a lot to offer.
In particular, I would like to recommend a curious exhibition, interesting, innovative and not to be missed: “Nosy about town” – an exhibition of smells taking place in Lugano, at the Villa Saroli, until Sunday, September 4, 2016.


It is true that babies’ feet smell of fresh butter? Why do we fall in love with the smell of one another? How does a dog to find the tracks in a forest? What are the smells? How important is for us the sense of smell? And for animals? How do you make a perfume?

“Nosy about town” is a live exhibition dedicated to the discovery of smell.

100 different smells envelop the visitor and lead them to explore the secrets of their nose, between memories and feelings. Nosy caters to visitors of all ages.

To visit the exhibition
Summer opening (from June 23 to September 4, 2016): Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 14.00 to 18.00

The ticket prices. If you want prefer to visit the exhibition in a group, you must submit a request to the following email address:

Parco San Marco is just a few kilometers from Lugano and so what better time to take a few hours and visit this exhibition?
Our staff will be at your disposal to provide more detailed information. From there you could go on to the park or eat a small snack.
Then, on your return to Parco San Marco you can continue with enjoying the holiday. Maybe going into our SPA for a Turkish bath, visiting the sauna, or having radiation therapy or color therapy.

Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort

Or you could dine in our restaurant La Masseria- Beach Terrace & Grill where you can savour the culinary specialties from the area of Lake Lugano, full of typical Italian flavours. From April to October the charming Ristorante “La Masseria – Beach Terrace & Grill” is at your disposal seven days a week, with traditional Italian specialties. In this one-of-a-kind restaurant, you can even enjoy our Italian cuisine specialties by the fireplace, in the rustic ambience of a vaulted, two hundred year old cellar or on the outdoor terrace with its unforgettable panorama.

You can choose the experience to suit your mood, even as it changes day by day!
Have fun!