On our third day in Como, we ate a breakfast of fruit and other snacks from the supermarket and got ready to cross the border from Italy into Switzerland.
My outfit for the day.
To get from Como San Giovanni train station in Italy to Lugano in Switzerland, the train only takes 40 minutes. We bought our tickets in advance and despite hunting for a good deal, it wasn’t super cheap. Most online sites charged around £70 for the two of us, but we managed to get tickets for £55.
When we arrived at Lugano train station, we bought tickets for the funicular that takes you from the train station into the centre of Lugano city.
Me on the funicular.
Of course our first stop had to be at some Swiss chocolate shops.
We tried Vanini first, which does some nice slabs of chocolate.
However, the chocolate shop I would very highly recommend is Laderach.
Their chocolates just melt in your mouth! Every single chocolate in the box we filled up was delicious, creamy and amazing.
After tasting some of Switzerlands sweeter offerings, we headed to Ristorante Manora for lunch.
Manora has the biggest variety of mostly healthy, buffet type foods, from fresh pasta and salads to risottos and much more. It gets super busy as Manora is a more affordable lunch spot. However, as it is Switzerland, expect to pay double what you would in Italy.
A slightly blurry shot of my (not so healthy) lunch.
After filling up on food, we browsed some of Luganos shops. Manor department store was my favourite, as it had a good range of beauty products and a really good, fresh food hall/supermarket section.
I only ended up buying one item in Lugano (which you’ll see in my haul soon), as shopping in Italy was better value.
After all the shopping and eating, we started to explore the beautiful city more.
As Lugano is close to the Italian border, it has a similar look and feel to Northern Italy. It’s situated in the Ticino region, where the sole spoken language is Italian and the food in the region is also mostly Italian.
As we was by the waterfront, we decided to buy tickets for an hour boat ride around Lake Lugano.
The further we got across the lake, the more I could see a mixture of Italian style houses and buildings and also more Swiss character.
After a fun boat ride, we stopped off for more food.
At McDonald’s we tried a quinoa and curry burger, which was great! Definitely a well thought out veggie option, unlike the awful burger I tried in the McDonald’s in Milan. We also got guacamole and salsa fries, which was good.
McDonald’s costs a lot more in Switzerland than anywhere else we’ve been, as our food cost around £14. So if you’re on a budget in Switzerland, McDonald’s isn’t the place to go!
After filling up on food, we visited the nearby Chiesa di San Rocco (church), with its stunning wall and ceiling paintings.
Before going on to admire Igor Mitorajs sculpture, Eros Bendato (Eros Bound).
There are several Eros Bound sculptures in different countries created by Igor. There’s been many interpretations about what they mean, but my favourite is that as Eros is the God of love, him being bound suggests that love is blind.
Just across the road from the sculpture is Parco Civico-Ciani. The park is beautifully situated next to Lake Lugano and is a peaceful, green area to relax in the city.
One of the little birds in the park.
In the park you can borrow books for free, as long as you return them before you leave. I love this idea!
The view from Parco Civico-Ciani.
We spent a while walking around the park, sitting under the trees for shade and taking in the scenery. It’s a truly beautiful park to sit and unwind in.
As it was reaching evening time, we stopped off at a restaurant in the centre of the city for dinner. I got a risotto and my partner got gnocchi.
The food was pretty good, but not quite up to Italian standards.
After a lovely day in Lugano, it was time to head back. We waited for our train to Como, ready for our last full day away.