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Lugano with the family: tips for a child-friendly day

Overlooking the lake and surrounded by mountains, easy to reach and welcoming in every season, Lugano is a destination not to be missed for a day out with the children.

Here, among parks, the lake, museums and the many activities on offer, young visitors will always find the opportunity to have fun.

Situated in the centre of Lugano, Parco Ciani is an unforgetable location for those visiting the city with children.

It offers perfectly tidy avenues that are ideal for a walk, meadows in which to lie down with a picnic overlooking the lake, and a beautiful playground where young visitors will ask to stay for hours - a castle with slides and climbing frames, and swings and seesaws that will keep children of every age happy.

Another park to note in Lugano is Parco Tassino - 21,000-square metres of parkland with roses and English-style gardens located near the railway station. At the foot of the Tassino tower is a panoramic terrace from where you can enjoy a beautiful view that sweeps from the lake to Mount Brè and Mount San Salvatore.

These two peaks can be reached by funicular railway. For Monte Brè, the ideal place for an immersion in greenery not far from the city, one can pick up the funicular from Lugano-Cassarate (accessible from the centre of Lugano by bus). For children, a trip by funicular railway will be exciting and memorable: a train that runs straight up the side of the mountain, transporting them uphill to where there is a truly breathtaking view awaiting visitors. 

Once at the top (933mt of altitude) you can simply rest on the terrace of either Osteria della Funicolare or Ristorante Vetta, or walk on the mountain along one of the simple paths that are also suitable for children. A non-demanding path leads to the village of Brè, the village of artists, in about 20 minutes. A picturesque place where there is a playground for children to have fun.

Once back in Lugano, don't miss a visit to its beautiful centre: the large Piazza della Riforma overlooks the lake where there is no lack of clubs, pedalos and opportunities to play. One of them: a giant chessboard in the square, a game capable of involving visitors of all ages.

For those who wish to return to Lugano with children for a second time, we recommend another place to visit: the Museo Cantonale di Storia Naturale di Lugano (the Lugano Natural History Museum). A characteristic local museum, it allows visitors to discover Ticino through the reconstructions of natural habitats and important collections of finds.