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Lugano through the eyes of an architect (Free Tour)

Discover the 20th and 21st century architecture, which characterizes Lugano, embarking on a fascinating trip between our recent past and a present projected into the future.

The Ticino architectural tradition has its roots before the year 1000: the “maestri comacini, intelvesi and campionesi” were born in this region. This tradition was renewed over the centuries. Our walk through Lugano gives you the opportunity to discover some of the most interesting buildings built on the shores of Lake Lugano in the 20th and 21st century. From Chiattone to Vacchini, from Tami to Botta, to the local university (USI) Campus, our tour will show you a new Lugano: you’ll be able to admire it from a different perspective.


Meeting point at 10am and arrival at 12am:
Piazza Riforma, Lugano.



  • Reservation required:
  • Groups over 8 pax not admitted. 
  • Tour organisation on request.
  • The guided tour will be held in the two prevalent languages.
  • The guide can decide to break off or cancel the excursion in case of bad weather.
  • Difficulty level / walking: easy.


Prices and times

Free Tour, offerts devolved to i2a

03.05 – 28.06.2019
06.09 – 25.10.2019
(excluded 10.05 / 31.05.2019)

Every Friday from 10:00 to 12:00


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  1. Contact

    i2a istituto internazionale di architettura
    6900 Lugano
    +41 91 996 13 87

  2. Notes

    Meeting point:
    Piazza Riforma, Lugano.

    i2a istituto internazionale di architettura
    +41 91 996 13 87

  3. Opening

    Open on
    Every Friday from 10:00 to 12:00

    03.05 – 28.06.2019
    06.09 – 25.10.2019
    (excluded 10.05 / 31.05.2019)

  4. Prices

    Free entry