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Gandria Guided Excursion

Romantic Walk Through Traditions - Gandria

A holiday in Lugano is not complete if you do not visit the characteristic village of Gandria



Until mid-October, every Thursday Lugano Turismo offers this organized visit to the village of Gandria, with which you can discover how people lived in the past, in particular the life of fishermen and inhabitants of the lake. The visit, which starts from the tourist office in the center, continues on foot to Gandria, while for the return is planned a boat trip

Before the border with Italy is Gandria. Opposite it, on the other side of the lake, the mountains you can see are Italian territory, but the houses at the base are still Swiss territory and are known as "Cantine di Gandria", because they were once used to put fresh products such as wine, meats and cheeses.

Until 1936, the village could only be reached by lake or footpath, so the residents were self-sufficient and dedicated mainly to fishing, as well as small gardens and farms. In the past, about until 1700, Gandria was also known for the production of oil, which was interrupted by a particularly cold winter that killed all the olive trees. Today, to commemorate this production, olive groves have been created and an information path can be visited with a small detour from the "Path of Gandria".

Meeting at 10:00 am at the tourist office, Piazza Riforma, Lugano.
Return by boat at 13:45 from Gandria, arrival in Lugano at 14:25.

Groups from 8 people are not allowed.
Possibility of organizing tours on request.
The tour will be guided mainly in two languages.
The trip can be cancelled in case of bad weather.
Level of walking difficulty: medium. Duration of the walk: 1 hour 15 minutes. Wear comfortable shoes.
Lunch not included: several restaurants available on site or picnics.