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Alps - Ticino

sunny 26 °C
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Making our way out of the Gotthard Base Tunnel we had entered a completely different place. Whereas the north side had been cold, rainy and German speaking, the south side was hot, sunny and Italian speaking. We were still in Switzerland but that was about the only thing that was the same. Finally it was feeling like August again!

Not long later we arrived in the capital of Ticino, Bellinzona. The town sits in a valley, and has three castles variously perched up the hills.

We got off, put our luggage in storage, and wandered down the main street towards the Montebello Castle.

Montebello Castle

Montebello Castle

The castle was free to enter, and even had a lift to the top - helpful as it was now around 10C warmer than it was just an hour ago!

From the top of the castle, views of the other two castles could be seen as well as the surrounding mountains.

Views of the Castles

Views of the Castles

After walking back down the hill, we wandered along the main street back to the station, where we then took the next train south to Lugano.

Lugano is the largest city in Ticino and southernmost in Switzerland. It also sits on the edge of Lake Lugano, giving the city centre beautiful views.

Lugano

Lugano

The station is built at the top of a steep hill, with the town located below. Our hotel was just a stones throw away, but involved a very windy path down the hillside.

Having had a long, busy and varied day, we popped out to grab some quick food, before chilling back in the room for the rest of the day.

The following day we had originally planed to visit Lake Como, however it wasn't the easiest trip, and having got a rubbish nights sleep again and having already seen plenty of lakes, we decided to scrap it and have an easier day.

So instead, after a lie in, we took the bus to the other side of the lake, to the town of Campione d'Italia - a peculiar place that is an exclave of Italy, located within Switzerland.

Campione d'Italia

Campione d'Italia

As there is only one road in and out, the entrance to the town has a gate marking the border. We then wandered down the main road to the centre. There wasn't much here, other than a huge casino, but we took in the views across the lake before taking the bus back to Lugano.

Lake Lugano

Lake Lugano

Once the bus was back in Lugano, we jumped off to explore it a bit more. We started by wandering along the promenade, all the way to Ciani Park.

Lake Lugano

Lake Lugano

The park had lovely views over the lake which we enjoyed before heading inland towards the city centre, where there were many beautiful town squares. After wandering through them and buying some more souvenirs, we then took the funicular back up to the hotel.

Central Lugano

Central Lugano

That evening after grabbing some food, we enjoyed the sunshine on the edges of the lake, on what was now our last night in Switzerland.

By the Lake

By the Lake

Tomorrow we would head further south and into Italy.

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Posted by kmmk17 14:13 Archived in Switzerland Tagged mountains lakes borders scenery castle alps

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