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.
Parco Ciani, thanks to its great location right next to the downtown district, is the place where locals and tourists alike relax, strolling in the shade 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, English-style gardens: large flowerbeds and grassy areas sit in the shadow of trees and plants from all over the world. The second area stretches from the lake shore to the river Cassarate and has a “wilder” look: here you can find oaks, lindens, sycamores and maples, all indigenous to the region, as well as a playground area for kids. Inside Parco Ciani there are a few very important buildings such as Villa Ciani, home to the Museo Civico di Belle Arti, the Palazzo dei Congressi, the boat ramp, the Cantonal Museum of Natural History and the Cantonal Library.
Work completed on the Cassarate River Mouth
On Wednesday 11 June 2014, the new Cassarate River Mouth was inaugurated after two years of work. The population of Lugano, tourists and guests of the city can now visit the city’s new green spot, a public space located in the heart of the city centre with direct access to the river and the lake. Both banks provide an open and welcoming area, the ideal place for a walk, relaxing or a picnic near the water. The wooden walkway on the right bank and the stone one just above the water on the left bank make the river into an integral part of the city. Transformed from a street for the loading and unloading of goods and people, Via Foce has become a traffic restricted area to the benefit of pedestrians. Areas have been created in the shade of the sycamores along this stretch for picnics, relaxation, chess games and boule. The bridge between the two banks has been replaced by a longer structure that allows access to bicycles and pushchairs too.
Open season: Summer 06-23 h / Winter 06-21 h
Entry to museum: Ticket. Monday closed
Suggested period: All the year
Lenght of visit: 1 h
Entry to park: Free
Dogs: On the lead.
Accessibility to bikes: No
Pic-nic area: No
Restaurant/Bar: Yes, Osteria del Porto
It's not allowed to pick up flowers and fruits
Access to the disabled
- Difficult access
- Restroom with wheelchair accessible (WC)
If the symbol is not present access is not guaranteed.
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