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  • Parco e sentiero dell'Olivo

Castagnola

Parco e sentiero dell'Olivo

Walk along the enchanting Olive-tree trail and you'll reach this typically Mediterranean park; it creates an appealing contrast with the splendid views of the lake and the mountains all around.

This fine terraced park lies on the slopes of Monte Brè and occupies around 20,000 m². Its paths and steep flights of stairs meander through groves of olives trees, cypresses, laurels and myrtles: all of them are typical of the Mediterranean woodlands and have become well acclimatised in Lugano thanks to its mild climate. Walking along the hill is highly enjoyable. You can find the vineyards of the Municipality of Lugano where 2400 Merlot vines were planted. Following the olive and flowers paths you reach Castagnola, where you can enjoy splendid views over Lake Lugano and the mountains. The terrace in the park, facing directly south and covered by lush natural vegetation, are particularly favourable for olive trees, bushes and perennials which thrive in dry and hot, very sunny areas. The park is accessible through the Olive Trail, which winds its way for approximately 2 km between Gandria and Castagnola, through an area of rare natural beauty where ancient olive groves coexist with recently planted trees. Along the route there are 18 information boards providing details about the history and preservation of olive trees; there are also many centennial trees such as the famous “Carlin Olive tree” at Gandria pier, which overlooks the lake with its 10 m of height. 

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  1. Contact

    Parco e sentiero dell'olivo
    Lato sud del Monte Brè
    6976 Castagnola

  2. Notes

    Suggested period: May - June
    Dogs: on the lead
    Accessibility to bikes: no
    Playground: no
    Restaurants/Bar: yes, close to the park
    It's not allowed to pick up flowers and fruits

  3. Altitude

    Dai 280 m in sù

  4. Opening

    Open all year
    Open all days

  5. Prices

    Free entry
    Entry to park: Free
    Guided visit: No

  6. How to arrive

    Bus: No.2, Stop Posta di Castagnola
    Boat: Imbarcadero centrale Lugano - imbarcadero villa Heleneum o Gandria.

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