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The City of Lugano Historical Archive

The Historical Archive of Lugano preserves documentary collections, photographs, engravings, books and periodicals.

The documents include the papers produced by the Patriziato of Lugano and the municipal administration, as well as by other institutions or private individuals. Of particular interest is the fund of the Lugano photographer Vincenzo Vicari, composed of more than 200,000 pictures.


The information on this site, concerning services or products is provided by external partners. This Information is liable to change frequently; for this reason Lugano Region cannot be held liable for any inaccuracies. Due to the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic situation, we suggest that you check with the indicated contacts directly for possible activity restrictions.

  1. Contact

    Archivio Storico Città di Lugano
    Piazza Carlo Cattaneo 1
    6976 Lugano-Castagnola
    +41 58 866 68 50

  2. Opening

    Open all year
    Open on
    08:00 - 12:00 am
    upon request 1:30 - 4:30 pm

  3. Prices

    Free entry