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Spring Run

April 18th, 2018 | By Melanie Pohl 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?

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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

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The UNESCO Sites of our Territory

February 20th, 2018 | By Melanie Pohl 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!

SACRI MONTI DI VARESE AND OSSUCCIO

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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

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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 AND THE MEDIEVAL WALLS OF BELLINZONA

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Day Excursion: Bellano and its Ravine

September 9th, 2017 | By Wendy Koppen in Parco San Marco, Surroundings, To know more about | No Comments »

Taking one of the many boats that every day set out each day to take the tourists to the shores of Lake Como, starting from Menaggio, you can reach Bellano in less than half an hour.  A small village overlooking the eastern shore of Lario, Bellano offers one of the most picturesque lakesides with a beautiful view of the countryside andmo untains on the opposite shore of the lake.

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The village is divided into two parts by the Pioverna stream: the oldest part – the old harbour port and the most prevalent church – and the most modern part where the FS station is located. Behind the country, the hinterland is characterized by numerous fractions and many ancient and populated hills. In the last century Bellano was defined by the Bellanese writer Antonio Balbiani, the “the small Manchester of Lario”, for its large silk manufacturing plants.

Walking through the characteristic Via Manzoni, around which is situated the historical center of the village, you can admire numerous doorways, courtyards, gates of ancient patrician houses, stone staircases and heraldic coats of arms dating back to the eighteenth century. From here, through one of the many lanes that open up to the lake, you come across the Church of Santa Marta. Here, there is a group of nine precious, wooden, real-sized statues depicting the Deposition and attributed to the sculptor Angelo del Maino, known from 1496 to 1536.

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On one side of the Church of Santa Marta, it opens into the square of the Prepositurale dedicated to the Saints Nazar and Celso. Of the late romantic style, it has a black brick facade and a large terracotta rosette. It was rebuilt between 1342 and 1350 and features the impressive frescoes of the central vault, the pulpit, the priest and the two great carved religious confessors, and a rich marble baptism font. The three-paneled altarpeice of the chapel of S. Giovanni is a delicate tempera painting representing the Madonna. Going up the staircase to the right of the Prepositurale, you arrive at the Church of St. Rocco from the XV century which was built by the same venetian brotherhood to care for the plague victims. It is currently devoted to those Bellanesi who fell in the wars and has two canvases by the painter Bellanese Giancarlo Vitali.

In the oldest part of Bellano, there is the consecrated Church of San Nicolao used today for cultural initiatives. The frescoes that decorate the walls are notable and bear witness to its past importance.

In the hamlet of Lezzeno, rises the Baroque Sanctuary of the Madonna which was built between 1690 and 1704 by the architect Quadrio, only two years after the miracle that took place on 6 August 1688. That day, Bartolomeo Mezzera, passing by his own chapel, saw that the plaster relief of the Madonna was crying tears of blood.

One place that you must visit is Orrido which acquired its name thanks to the poet Bellanese Sigismondo Boldoni who was fascinated by this “Horror of Horrendous Horrendousness”.

It is a natural ravine created by the erosion of the Pioverna river 15 million years ago, whose waters have shaped gigantic marmites and dens over the centuries. The tumultuous waters of the Orrido is one of Lario’s best known locations.

One peculiarity of Orrido is the ability to walk for a stretch inside the ravine itself by walking on gangways fixed in the rock, strolling in stunning meanders that overlook drifting ridges.Orrido-di-Bellano-

The trail is very impressive, taking you among natural cascades and caves and providing breathtaking views and rich vegetation while the sun reflecting on the waters creates an incredible glitter. Legend tells of a warrior named Taino, who is buried right in the depths of the Horn of Bellano along with his immense treasure and who is guarded by a huge stone covering the burial ground.

In past centuries the force of the water was used for cleaning iron and the skinning process.  Today the power of the waterfall is used to feed two hydroelectric power plants.

A guard of the Orrido, the Devil’s House or Cà del Diavol, stands on a rock of the Pioverana river. A curious tower whose origional function is unknown, its irregular hexagonal tower rises up four floors with each connected by a spiral staircase. It is said that licentious fesitivities were held in it, accompanied by satanic rituals and the evocation of evil. Its name is linked to mythological figures, including a satire, decorating the facade of the last floor of the tower, making the mysterious charm of the place palpable.

The best known Bellanese manifestation, attracting numerous spectators, is the “Pesa Vegia”, which is celebrated on the night of Epiphany. It recalls, according to the legend, an event during the Spanish occupation, when a delegation from Bellanesi sailed to Como to oversee the replacement of the old weights which were causing embarrassment among the local population – which was predominantly made-up of traders and craftsmen. The embassy was successful and the Bellanses returned the night of January 5, 1606, happy to be able to preserve the “Pesa Vegia”. This is the legend that, given the coincidence with Epiphany, has always been celebrated along with the parade of the Magi.

For the athletes amongst you, there are green areas and sports facilities, such as: multipurpose camps, swimming pools inside the Lido di Bellano, the Circolo Vela Bellano and a bike path. Recently, the “Palasole”, a modern sailing-shaped building, has also been built for the many organized parties in the region.

The former Porlezza-Menaggio railway

August 9th, 2017 | By Valentina Guerranti in Parco San Marco, Surroundings, To know more about | No Comments »

The town of Porlezza has always been known as a tourist resort.

In fact, we can find the first tourist information as far back as the beginning of 1800.

Between 1815 and 1915, the municipalities of the Porlezza were ruled by the Austrians. They brought great benefits to the area, building important public infrastructures such as schools, sewers, aqueducts, roads and public transport.

The latter made the area accessible to the arrival of the first tourists of the day.

Among the most important works we can find:

• Today’s road Porlezza-Menaggio (1839)

• The Porlezza-Menaggio railway (1885-1966)

• Ceresio’s boats

The second half of the 1800s corresponds with the period of rapid development of rail transport.

During this era, speed of progress saw the pathways open between regions in Central Europe with the the great Lombard lakes, exploiting the Gotthard tunnel and replacing travel on horseback with the fast-paced cars.

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In 1881, the Canton of Ticino inaugurated the Gotthard Railroad and from this point began to create all the Ticino links that also led to the development of line connecting Italy and Switzerland.

It was in 1872 that the project was launched to connect Lario, Ceresio and Verbano with railway lines so that the important towns of Menaggio and Luino could be connected to the city of Lugano in Italian Switzerland.

The initial project consisted of an extraordinary circular link:

Lugano – Porlezza – Como – Milan – Porto Ceresio – Lugano: for the purpose of tourism and facilitation in the exchange of goods. Unfortunately, the project was only partially implemented. The actual connections were Luino-Lugano via railway line, Lugano-Porlezza by boat and from Porlezza to Menaggio by railway.

The railroad Porlezza-Menaggio was inaugurated on Wednesday 8 October 1884 and opened for public service on Monday 17 November of the same year. This railway line was perhaps the only one in Europe because of its narrow gauge. The length of the voyage was 12 km. This was considered an extraordinary distance at the time given the distance between the two lakes. Unfortunately, a few years later, with the outbreak of World War I, the golden age of the railroad ended. In addition, with the introduction of the first buses, it was felt that these cost far less and were faster – posing serious competition to the railways. This eventually led to ministerial authorization on 31 October 1939 that ended the project on the Menaggio-Porlezza railway. After World War II, there was an attempt to revive it but it was unsuccessful.

By 2014, only a few traces of the railway survived as it has been turned into cycling tracks or exploited for the construction of some buildings. In Menaggio, the station building has been restored, while the Tavordo (Porlezza) stop is the only one remaining intact. By contrast, the Porlezza station building was demolished on March 9, 2015. Now the route of this railway has become an interesting pedestrian path for a beautiful walk between the blue lakes and the green of the mountains.

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written by Sara Camozzi

LUGANO LONGLAKE FESTIVAL

July 15th, 2017 | By Melanie Pohl 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.

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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.

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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!

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Cistercian Abbey of Piona

June 22nd, 2017 | By Wendy Koppen in Parco San Marco, Surroundings, To know more about | No Comments »

The Priory of Piona, commonly known as the Abbey of Piona, is a rare jewel of Romanesque architecture in Lombardy. Built with the typical coma stone art in a square style, it is located on the Lecchese shore of lake Como in the municipality of Colico and can be reached by boat.

PionaNestled at the foot of the Legnone and Legnoncino Mountains, the abbey rises at the end of the Olgiasca peninsula in front of Gravedona on the extreme tip of Lecco.

It was consecrated in 1138 and named after the Virgin.

The Church appears slightly behind the western side of the monastery on which it stands.

The first church dedicated to Santa Giustina was erected in medieval times and many centuries later the priory was founded with the abbey complex. The place sits along a strategic military route as via Valtellina connects Milan and central Italy to the rest of Europe.

In present-day Piona, therefore, there are two buildings: today’s church of St. Nicholas, which constitutes the true building nucleus of the Piona Priory, and behind this is the ruins of a portion of apse. They are the preserved remains of a building that degraded over time and was then destroyed, thus making room for the next building dedicated to St. Nicholas.

The architecture of the Abbey complex falls into the so-called Romanesque Lombard with transalpine influences. The present building is the result of multiple extensions of a previous church whose consecration dates back to 1138.

In the south part of the church, there is a beautiful cloister built later around 1242, replacing perhaps a previous one of which there is no evidence in present day. It is the reference point of the entire monastic complex, a place of silence. The structure is quadrangular to evoke the symbolic force of number four.

In the center of the cloister the source and the tree represent the source of the delights and the tree of life of the earthly paradise.

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Strolling through the olive groves and discovering the main church, the splendid cloister, the apse, the ruins of the church of Santa Giustina, the beautiful chapter hall and the views of the lake is surely a mystical and exciting experience.

In one of the buildings of the complex, the monks who still inhabit this place sell some products including medicinal herbs, sacred objects, cosmetic creams, honey and famous liquors cleverly distilled according to the oldest traditions – all natural products created by the monks themselves.

written by Sara Biacchi

The Begna waterfall

June 19th, 2017 | By Deborah Giorno in Parco San Marco, Surroundings, To know more about | No Comments »

Cascata-di-BegnaJust 25 minutes from Parco San Marco (10 minutes by car and 15 minutes on foot) you can reach one of the most beautiful places in Porlezza. You will be immersed in a wonderful natural space where you can enjoy the view of a splendid, albeit small, waterfall: the Begna waterfall.

If you leave your car at Begna near the parish church and the playground (the parking is free), you can continue on foot following the signs for the “Strolech Bridge” and then to the waterfall. The trail is not difficult, apart from a short but steep descent leading to an old stone bridge.

The trail begins on a paved road through the town’s streets leading to the forest path. At a certain point the trail offers a  fantastic panoramic view of the plain of Porlezza, after which will find old farmhouses and then a small chapel. Taking the left-hand path that continues downhill, you will arrive in a matter of minutes at the waterfall .

It is ideal to go on a hot summer day, when you can start out with a costume and towel to appreciate the coolness of a place that, even in the summer, never gets too hot.

If, however, after seeing the waterfall you want to keep walking, you can go back to the old chapel and, following the signs for the Strolech bridge, you will arrive there in just over an hour.

Returning to the parking area, take a few minutes to see an old “ice house” that is right next to the playground. It was used to preserve snow and ice to be exploited as a rudimentary refrigerator for the preservation of perishable foods.

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