A few years ago, while traveling in Italy, I have also visited a very beautiful city of Lugano located by the lake of the same name, close to the Italian border and surrounded by the mountains of Lugano Prealps.
Lugano is the largest town in the region of Ticino and is not only one of the most popular tourist destination in Switzerland, but also a very important Swiss financial and business center. Even if located in Switzerland, the city seems Italian, since most of the people there speak in this language. It is a pretty big city with population of 71,500, and with the nearby smaller towns, which are part of this agglomeration, it is over 145,000. It is actually the 9th largest Switzerland’s city and the biggest one in the Ticino region. An interesting fact is that it also the largest city with Italian speaking majority outside Italy.
It is really a beautiful, elegant city with wonderful views on the lake and surrounding mountains, a lot of green areas, including many parks, a variety of trees and abundance of coloruful flowers, including many camellia trees and other subtropical plants. The mild climate of Lugano makes it even more popular tourist’s destination, particularly in spring, when the camelias are in bloom. I was there in June and many of them were still blooming as well as hundreds of blue and pink hydrangeas and many other flowers. I think I have never seen before so many hydrangeas and camellias blooming in one place.
I have also written more about Lugano on my other blog and you will be able to see there many more photographs from this amazing place. Here, since Vibrant Garden blog is dedicated to garden related subjects, I would like just to tell you about one of Lugano’s parks located along lake’s Lugano shore – Parco Civico Ciani (also called Parco Civico Villa Ciani).
I was lucky to be able to spent there a few hours while visiting Lugano a couple of year ago. The park is quite vast (63.000 sq. metres) and I was impressed by the abundance of flowers blooming at this time of the year (particularly colourful hydrangeas), as well as many original, subtropical trees, including big camellia trees. I have never seen so many camellia trees before. Their flowers look a bit like simple roses. Most of them were very light cream-yellow or white.
The park is a very quiet place where you can just take a walk or sit on a bench and relax enjoying splendid views on the lake and the nearby mountains. There is also a playground area for children and a beach. Along the paths you will also see some statues, fountains and meticulously manicured lawn. While walking along the shore, you will pass by a beautiful building of Villa Ciani. The landscape skillfully combines many flowers beds with more open areas with many unique looking subtropical trees and shrubs.
In this article, I show you some pictures, which I have taken during my short stay in this amazing place. I highly recommend you visit Lugano and this relaxing park. Lugano is certainly worth spending much more time than just a few hours. If you would like to see the city, take a boat trip and maybe explore some of the mountain trails, allow at least a couple of days to visit it.
Here you can see some more pictures from this park in the gallery below.
Other Articles You Might Also Like to Read.
- Visiting the city of Lugano, Switzerland – this article is on my Light Vision blog.
- A Beautiful Italian Garden For You to Visit – “Giardino Sigurtà” in Valeggio sul Mincio, Northern Italy.
- The Gardens of Spiazzi – a Little Village in Italy, Province of Verona.