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Located on the shores of Lake Lugano in Switzerland, Parco Ciani is unquestionably one of the most beautiful and serene city parks in the country. This horticultural oasis offers a tranquil sanctuary for visitors amidst bustling city life.

History The park’s history dates back to the 19th century — primarily the estate of the Ciani family. Over the decades, the park expanded and evolved into its current 63,000 square meter landscape, housing a magnificent variety of plants, historic monuments, and villas.

How to Get There Parco Ciani is situated right next to Lugano city center. A short, leisurely walk from Piazza Riforma in the center of Lugano, will bring you to the park entrance. Alternatively, the bus number 2 from Lugano’s main railway station (Stazione Lugano) can get you closer to the park entrance at the Lido stop.

List of Attractions

  1. The Old Villa (Villa Ciani): An iconic building best known for cultural exhibitions.
  2. The Rose Gardens and the Alpine Garden: Housing an amazing variety of roses and Alpine flora respectively.
  3. Numerous Historic Monuments: Including statues and commemorative plaques dotting the park.
  4. The Pavilion: Serves as a music kiosk during the summer.
  5. The Monument to Carlo Battaglini: A tribute to Lugano’s beloved trees.

Ticket Information Entering Parco Ciani is free of charge. However, if any events or exhibitions are being held within the Old Villa or in the park itself, these may require separate tickets.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Wear comfortable walking shoes, as the park is extensive and worth exploring on foot.
  2. Consider bringing a picnic: there are plenty of idyllic spots to enjoy a meal or a snack amidst the greenery.
  3. Check local listings for concerts, festivals, and other events held in the park particularly during the summer.
  4. Don’t miss the Rose Garden at full bloom – it’s a sight to behold.
  5. Visit the park during different seasons if you can. Its charm varies with the changing colors of nature throughout the year.
  6. The park is open year-round and at all times, making it perfect for a sunrise stroll or an evening walk along the lake.

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