Gandria is a romantic locality nestled on the shores of Lake Ceresio that may be reached either by land or by lake. Many tourists and locals enjoy the boat trip from Lugano and the walk back to Castagnola along the lake shore.
The town’s centre that is closed to traffic is an oasis of peace with its picturesque tiny streets and stairs that offer glimpses of great views and gorgeous landscapes. At the centre of the town there is the 16th century church of San Vigilio with its outstanding baroque interior and the high late-medieval belfry.
On the lake opposite Gandria, one finds the Museum of Swiss Customs that is located in a locality known as “Cantine di Gandria” that may be reached by boat. Along the trail from Cantine di Gandria to Caprino there are several grotti, an ideal place to take shelter from the heat and to have the opportunity of getting a taste of the typical Ticinese cuisine.
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In a charming corner of Lake Lugano, a few steps from Italy, the Customs Museum illustrates past and present of border management and surveillance (special exhibitions cover topics such as illegal trade, smuggling, counterfeiting and much more) and tells stories about a region whose identity has always been defined by the border.