Discover La Dolce Vita, on the Italian side of Lake Lugano

August, 30 2019 ( Updated December, 02 2021)

Lake Lugano

Discover La Dolce Vita, on the Italian side of Lake Lugano

Why visit?

Situated between Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, the beautiful Lake Lugano boasts a strategic setting in the heart of the Swiss Italian lake district. What’s more, it is a lake of two countries, being 63% Swiss and 37% Italian. Nestled along the border between southern Switzerland and northern Italy, this glacial lake offers a strong allure and appeal for any avid holidaymaker and explorer. Infused with Swiss sophistication and an Italian flair for ‘La Dolce vita’, there’s no place quite like Lake Lugano.

A superb alternative to staying on Lake Como, the unspoilt northern shore of Lake Lugano in particular, provides a serene holiday base from which to relax and sightsee (being within 13km of Lugano city and also the touristic central lake of Lake Como).

As well as offering a strategic holiday location, the northern Italian territory of Lake Lugano promises laid-back holiday vibes and a certain authenticity and charm that only Italians do best.

The Italian side of Lake Lugano: A destination rich in natural beauty & culture

In particular, the cluster of nine pretty lakeside and mountainside villages which make up Valsolda along the north western shore, provide a timeless holiday destination for relaxation and adventure.

Adorned in all-day sun and complemented by lush, verdant greenery and woodland rich in wildlife, the Italian ‘comune’ of Valsolda is dominated by the Dolomite cliffs above and a 318-hectare nature reserve, the largest in Lombardy (with 90 hectares of trails and relaxation areas dedicated to walkers and hikers). Within this natural, unspoilt oasis, it comes as no surprise to learn that Valsolda has produced cultural talent which has left its mark on Italian and European art and literature.

From the Middle Ages through to the late 18th century, Valsolda has produced the likes of Pellegrino Tibaldi, the Pozzi brothers, Paolo Pagani and Isidoro Affaitati. Also home to one of Italy’s greatest literary figures, Antonio Fogazzaro (1842 – 1911), who was nominated 7 times for the Nobel prize in Literature, Valsolda was the spiritual home for the writer, who produced iconic works from his idyllic villa in the small Valsolda lakeside village of Oria. Today, visitors can explore the famous ‘Villa Fogazzaro ROI’ alongside an itinerary of historical churches and breath-taking nature trails. Valsolda is just 6.7km from the idyllic lake village of Gandria, where visitors can enjoy the scenic 3-km ‘Olive Trail’ or hop on a scenic passenger ferry bound for Lugano city.

Just 8.8km away from Valsolda, the authentic town of Porlezza on the northern tip of Lake Lugano boasts historical charm and a modern-day buzz, to suit families and easy-going groups. Well-serviced with shops and transport links, the lakeside town offers proximity to the Lago di Piano nature reserve (4km), with its bike and walking trails, as well as to the prestigious Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club (10.4km) and the picturesque Lake Como resort town of Menaggio (12.5km).

Those in search of simple lakeside charm and relaxation whilst away will enjoy a laid-back holiday in Cima (2.7km from Porlezza). Its authentic lakeside community, typical cafes, eateries and water sport centre will tempt you to unwind and explore, in equal measures.

Where to stay in the Italian part of Lake Lugano

With this convenient proximity and authenticity, the tranquillity and charms of Valsolda, Cima and Porlezza provide a super holiday base on the Italian side of Lake Lugano.

Discover La Dolce Vita today and stay in one of our beautiful holiday homes:

For those looking to stay by the lakeside, the modern 2-bedroom balcony apartment Blue View Lugano Lake – Waterfront Cocoon promises lakeside holiday bliss (sleeps 6), whilst the recently restored Villa Lugano Lakefront, also in Valsolda, provides sumptuous holiday accommodation for 8, with lakeside dining terrace and private boat mooring to boot. Towards the northern town of Porlezza, the charming lakeside village of Cima is home to a host of super holiday homes, including the lakeside Cima La Spiaggetta for 8, with boat mooring and lakeside dining terrace setting the scene for an effortless Italian holiday.

On a budget? Couples, groups and families in search of an affordable Lake Lugano holiday will enjoy soaking up the laid-back resort charm and facilities of Porto Letizia in Porlezza, which benefits from a wide variety of accommodation types - from studios and lake view balcony apartments to parkland villas with private gardens.

Buona vacanza!


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