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Piazza Riforma: Our most recommended tours and activities

Lugano: 4.5-Hour Monte Bré Visit w/ Funicular Ride

1. Lugano: 4.5-Hour Monte Bré Visit w/ Funicular Ride

Your guide will lead you through the city, to Cassarate, up to Monte Bré and back down to the bottom of the mountain. Meet your guide at the Lugano Region tourist office in Via Magatti 6, Lugano. Start at the city’s heart with a boat ride to the little harbor of Cassarate.  Then, after getting on the funicular, enjoy the splendid views of the city center at your feet as you reach Lugano’s most uncontaminated summit. You will also get the chance to admire the fantastic panoramic view, which, on clear days, stretches all the way to Mount Rosa. Take a stroll and explore the small village of Brè, where life runs at a slow pace, while taking a look at the typical Ticinese houses, the church and the works of art.  Explore Monte Bré at your own pace, soak in the stunning views over Lake Lugano, the city and nearby mountain tops. The return ticket on the funicular, to get back down to Cassarate is included in your tour, from there you can arrange your individual return to Lugano.

Lugano: 3-Hour Monte San Salvatore Tour with Funicular Ride

2. Lugano: 3-Hour Monte San Salvatore Tour with Funicular Ride

Your guided excursion begins on the lakeshore, where you can take a look at some cultural and artistic sites, such as the LAC Lugano Arte Cultura and the Santa Maria degli Angeli Church. Then, make your way toward the funicular. The Gulf of Lugano is special for having 2 mountains that demarcate its borders: Monte Brè and Monte San Salvatore.  After reaching the top with the funicular, take in the breathtaking views. Enjoy some free time to explore and have a picnic before it’s time to ride the cable car back down, concluding the tour. During your time on the mountain, benefit from a discount at the panoramic restaurant and check out all of Monte San Salvatore's activities, sure to please gourmets, sports enthusiasts, and lovers of culture and nature. Head off on a variety of hiking trails, which provide the opportunity to discover truly unspoiled nature, or try your hand at climbing on the “Via Ferrata”. On Monte San Salvatore, there is even space for culture; the Museum San Salvatore is home to a precious collection of rare religious art. It also features an exhibition dedicated to rocks, minerals, and fossils, in addition to rooms that illustrate the history of the confraternity over centuries and the history of the lightning-research center, which sheds light on the historical significance of storms for the region.

The Escape Game across Lugano

3. The Escape Game across Lugano

Hunt for clues, crack codes and solve puzzles - just like in a great escape room. A dozen clues placed in the streets and shops of the old town, that only the smartest will find. You’ll find hidden symbols in a record store or a cryptic message in a pizzeria. Every object is a piece of a bigger puzzle. The challenges become increasingly more difficult. Sato Code is no game for kids: we recommend active participation from the age of 13. You’ll need to unleash all your brainpower to unravel the mystery. Only together with your team of brainiacs, you’ll master this game. The game unfolds in the city centre, starting at Piazza della Riforma, through Quartiere Maghetti, alongside Parco Ciani and going towards the Lido. You'll not only pass by Lugano's iconic landmarks, but also uncover some hidden gems that only few visitors come across. Don't settle for a usual tourist outing – try this escape game!

Lugano: Guided Walking Tour to Gandria with Boat Cruise

4. Lugano: Guided Walking Tour to Gandria with Boat Cruise

A visit to Lugano may not be defined as such if you don't include Gandria, a romantic and picturesque place. In this magic and incredibly charming location, take a dive into the past and discover how people used to live once upon a time. In the company of a guide, walk to Gandria and while you leisurely stroll up and down the village streets, a boat will be waiting for you to bring you back to Lugano. Gandria is a romantic locality nestled on the shores of Lake Ceresio that may be reached either by land or by the lake. The town’s center is closed to traffic and is an oasis of peace with its picturesque tiny streets and stairs that offer glimpses of great views and gorgeous landscapes. At the center of the town see the 16th-century church of San Vigilio with its outstanding baroque interior and the high late-medieval belfry. On the lake opposite Gandria, discover the Museum of Swiss Customs. Along the trail from Cantine di Gandria to Caprino, there are several grotti, an ideal place to take shelter from the heat and to have the opportunity of getting a taste of the typical Ticinese cuisine (costs not included).

Lugano: Capture the most Photogenic Spots with a Local

5. Lugano: Capture the most Photogenic Spots with a Local

Experience Lugano through the lens of a local, capturing both the iconic views and the photogenic charm of hidden corners. Navigate from the iconic Piazza Riformacapturing its vibrant café culture to the emblematic Cathedral of Saint Lawrence renowned for its intricate façade details. Uncover their unique roles in the daily life of locals, from being a beloved meeting point to a scene straight out of a postcard. Experience Lugano intimately, as your Local reveals the stories behind famed postcard scenes, blending photogenic imagery with personal anecdotes. This experience offers a distinctive view of Lugano, combining picturesque highlights with authentic cultural insights, making it a can't-miss experience for any visitor.

Lugano Private Walking Tour

6. Lugano Private Walking Tour

Welcome to Lugano, the capital of the Swiss canton of Ticino, where Switzerland has an Italian accent. This city rose out of its strategic position, just below the best alpine passes. These passes were used by Celts, leaving their mark. The same was done by the Romans, leaving Lugano the oldest sacred building in Switzerland. Thanks to the Italian culture and influence, Lugano has a Mediterranean ambience, with its sunshine, vegetation, inviting lake, and shopping. But there is more to Lugano than shopping and relaxation, so come with us to discover the ancient history of this beautiful city. Enjoy the views of the lake under the mulberry trees (a favourite of silkworms, dating from the time when silk was a local industry). Across the lake, we can see the Casinò di Campione, which dominates Campione d'Italia, a tiny Italian enclave surrounded by Switzerland on all sides. Pass Via Canova, the elegant street of Lugano, and also the Palazzo Reali, a museum with exhibits of 19th and 20th-century art. In the middle, we will find Piazza Riforma, known as the living room of the city. Not to miss is also the Grand Café al Porto, the most historic café in town, open since 1803 and a testimony to the 19th movement that led to the unification of Italy by Giuseppe Mazzini and fellow Italian patriots. Also here is where US intelligence officer Allen Dulles (future head of the CIA) met with Nazi and Italian representatives to organize the end of WWII. A flair for history, espionage and glamour is certainly in the air.

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What people are saying about Piazza Riforma

Overall rating

4.6
(64 reviews)

A great game, walking across the city center hunting for clues. The puzzles are not so easy, we could not solve one towards the end - but with a extra hint we've reached the end of the game successfully. We had so much fun that we booked immediately the Sato Code game in Bellinzona too. That was easier than the one in Lugano and again great fun!

Great for us as inexperienced “escapers” - you could choose between two levels of difficulty - the easier one is ideal for beginners and children. The tips are also great if you get stuck. 👍🏻 it was fun, we will definitely do it again!!

It was great, simply wonderful, the best travel experience we had and our guide was great, she was authentic, happy, warm, with her the tour was something special. We will never forget this excursion.

Cristina was a great tour guide! We had a lot of fun getting a feel for the actual lifestyle and history of the area

I spent a good 3 hours. The view was splendid and the guide very friendly.