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Lugano Region: a sustainable region

How to enjoy a sustainable stay in the region

The Lugano region is an ideal destination for a sustainable holiday. Together with our partners, we are committed to improving the range of tourism and promoting the development of sustainable tourism, aimed at fostering a positive interaction between the tourism industry, the local community and the guests.

Sustainable travel means respecting the environment, contributing to society and future generations, and supporting the local economy.

In our region there is a wide choice of sustainable activities: from a relaxing afternoon in one of the region's wonderful parks to the dense hiking network with unique scenarios and routes suitable for everyone, to the numerous itineraries for road bikes and mountain bikes, without forget all the exciting outdoor activities, cultural visits and food and wine tours. The catering sector is also careful to use local and seasonal products, without taking the shine off the name of excellence.

Through a series of practical tips, we want to help you organise an unforgettable stay in our region that will allow you to explore the beauty of our territory, to savour its local delicacies, learn about our traditions and enjoy authentic experiences.

Follow our suggestions and find out how to reach different places in our corner of paradise in southern Switzerland, where to sleep, what to do and how to make your stay in the Lugano region even more sustainable!

1. Opt for slow travel

There are many options for getting around our region and discovering Ticino: from public transport - free for those staying in the region thanks to the Ticino Ticket - to a nice walk. For lovers of two wheels, however, Ticino is a real paradise: you can choose to discover the area through itineraries specially created for the bike sharing network, the numerous routes for road bikes or those surrounded by nature for mountain bikes.

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2. Conscious sleeping

From social enterprises to Swisstainable partners, our region boasts accommodation facilities of all kinds, sensitive to the issue of sustainability and which are committed to improving their offering. Choose to stay in a structure that makes conscious choices with an eye not just on the present but also on the future.

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3. Immerse yourself in the nature of our region

Discover the landscapes of our region, enjoy unforgettable experiences and admire the breath-taking views of lakes, mountains, valleys and towns. Stop and view the intense colours along the trails, smell the scents and be surprised by the beauty of the area.

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4. Experience authenticity

Authenticity is discovering the favourite places of the locals, who with their stories and anecdotes will make you fall in love with the region and its hidden treasures. From typical villages to the hidden corners unknown to all, to the chef's secret recipe, take the time to discover the culture and traditions of the Lugano area.

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5. Choose "local"

Choose to consume locally sourced products, directly from the crops and farms of our region. Visit a market to discover our traditional scents and flavours and taste the excellent dishes in restaurants committed to using local ingredients. For your purchases, support local producers and artisans and take home an authentic souvenir of the Lugano region.

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6. Give also your support to sustainability

There are several tour operators in the region committed to sustainable tourism. Discover the hallmarks of authenticity, the projects in favour of the environment and the safeguard of the region. Have you already heard of Swisstainable? The new Switzerland Tourism label is here to help you find sustainable companies and experiences to discover Ticino and its territory.

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