Cruises on Lake Lugano
Locked in by mountains whose forests make their way down to the shore, Lake Lugano, differently from Lake Maggiore, prides itself of its untamed look. The beautiful panoramas already fascinated travelers of the Grand Tour who couldn't miss the traditional boat tour. The first steamer to sail the lake's waters was the "Ticino" in 1848. Today, a network of modern boats offer a wide choice of cruises and the possibility of reaching the region's main attractions by lake, including: Gandria, Morcote, Swissminiatur and the departure station of the San Salvatore funicular railway.
Lake Lugano (also called Lake Ceresio) has a surface of 50 square kilometers of which 63% are located in Switzerland and the remaining 37% in Italy. With an average width of 1 km it is very narrow but also quite deep (up to 288 meters). Its shore is not entirely accessible by car and for centuries some villages, like the picturesque Gandria and Morcote, were reachable only by lake.
Cruise and excursions
To best enjoy the Ceresio you can refer to the vast offer of the "Società Navigazione del Lago di Lugano" (Navigation Society of Lake Lugano). Every day there are numerous excursions to choose from: from the "morning cruise" to the "panoramic cruise" in the afternoon, both lasting approximately 3 hours and covering the main points on the lake; from the "lunch-boat cruise" for those that want to enjoy a lunch break on the lake to the "night cruise" to admire the landscape in the charm of the night.
The boat is also a useful means of transport to visit some of the most interesting places in the Lugano region, many of which are located on the lake. The boat cruise can therefore be combined with some walks: the Sentiero di Gandria (Gandria Trail), the itinerary of the Caprino cellars, the walks around the Monte Caslano or descending from San Salvatore towards Carona and Morcote. A boat excursion may also be combined with a visit of the picturesque village of Morcote, the Swissminiatur in Melide, or the Museum of Fossils of Monte San Giorgio.