So, let’s continue where we left off. Following a little shopping (a lot of it including the word ‘window’ before it) we carried our on our journey through the city centre, making brief stops at fresh fruit markets (and an Italian salami shop), doing the obligatory department store drop in – before winding up at the top of a (very) steep hill at the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence. The building itself was absolutely breathtaking and outside overlooked incredible sweeping views of the Lake and green mountains (dotted with plush white homes); making the slightly tiring walk up the sloped stairs worth every moment.
The afternoon went on with a shaded stroll along the lake to hunt down some lunch time refueling. With Nina being the dream tour guide, we wound up at Lido Riva Caccia; an outdoor swimming and sunbathing destination and amazing little Italian. In reality, the two work incredibly well together- but there’s something a little crushing about watching incredibly toned Italian and Swiss beach babes sunbathe when you’re indulging in a mahooosive bowl of pasta, nevermind, eh. Especially when it’s followed up by some of the finest Nutella gelato known to man- but hey, it’s worth it, right?
Now, as far as I’m concerned the best way to burn off a big lunch is a bit of light exercise- so heading to a small grassy picnic area next to a residential area of the lake was the perfect way to wind down, have a disco nap (glamorous as ever) and practice a little bit of swimming (or, y’know floating) whilst watching the sun go down. The charm about a place like Lugano is that it offers so many different ‘holiday’ aspects- whether you’re searching for a city break scattered with shopping and history, yearning for a bit of relaxing and sun catching or simply watching some live music and being a Med culture vulture- I gotta say this place has it all (even an array of chocolate shops)!
Our last stop of the day, and mini Swiss adventure; was dinner at Hotel Dellago, an arty lake side hotel and seafood restaurant- with some of the most interesting and colourful dishes I’ve ever had the pleasure of discovering (you know a restaurant is posher than you when your meal comes with foam on top and a purple potato chip- John Tyrode would love it). It was certainly a culinary experience, and I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to experience it and taste some serious food party dishes and visit some incredibly beautiful little hideaways- thanks again Switzerland!