From art museums to historical ones, from religious and secular buildings to time-honored estates,Lugano boasts extraordinary cultural heritage. Some examples?
San Lorenzo Cathedral
A significant building with a Renaissance facade. The church is known on this site from 818. In 1078 it was made a collegiate church, becoming a cathedral in 1888. The original Romanesque building was oriented the opposite way to the present church, as is shown by remains of the apse discovered under the current parvise. In the 15th century the church was expanded and the entrance moved to the present position, while the open roof was covered by a groin vaulted ceiling. There were extensive renovations in 1905-1910, when some Baroque chapels were demolished and the interior received frescoes by Ernesto Rusca. The church's main feature is its facade, which was inspired by Giovanni Antonio Amadeo's Certosa di Pavia. It is made of white stone from Saltrio and Viggiù and of Carrara marble, and is divided in three sectors by four false columns supporting the entablature.
Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli
The church, which was originally part of a Franciscan monastery, is the most important church of Lugano. The church is located on Piazza Bernardino Luini, at the end of Via Nassa, the city's elegant shopping boulevard and is famous for its Renaissance fresco of the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ by Italian artist Bernardino Luini, whose artwork, dating back to 1529, is the most important example of Lombard Renaissance in Switzerland.
Take advantage of the tour Santa Maria degli Angeli 3D
A virtual reality tour around the ancient district of Santa Maria degli Angeli, from the Franciscan convent and the Grand Palace Hotel up to the LAC Cultural Center.
LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura
The new LAC - Lugano Arte e Cultura - cultural center is also easily accessible from our hotel. This center, dedicated to music, visual and performing arts, is destined to become a leading Swiss cultural institution.
The building, which overlooks the lake, provides space for a rich programme of exhibitions, events, concerts and theatrical and dance performances, along with a variety of cultural initiatives and a packed programme of activities for young people and families. It is the main location for LuganoInScena and LuganoMusica (the new name of Lugano Festival) seasons as well as a home for the Compagnia Finzi Pasca and the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana. It is also involved with the seasonal concerts planned by Radiotelevisione Svizzera.
The LAC is also home to the newly-created Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, formed by the merging between the Museo Cantonale d’Arte and the Museo d’Arte Lugano. The Museum brings together the City of Lugano and the Canton Ticino’s collections, which are complementary: they cover a period of time that goes from ancient times until this day, with a particular attention payed to the Swiss and Italian art scenes in the 19th and in the 20th centuries, making significant inroads into the international context. The new LAC exhibition site located over three floors. It hosts on a floor the permanent exhibition whilst the other floors are devoted to temporary exhibitions, designed to explore modern and contemporary art.
Current temporary exhibitions
- 10th February - 16th June 2019 Surrealism Switzerland
- 24th March - 28th July 2019 Hodler - Segantini - Giacometti
Upcoming temporary exhibitions
- 12th May - 22nd September 2019 Cut in Wood. Gertsch - Gauguin - Munch
- 25th August - 10th November 2019 Sublime. Luce e paesaggio attorno a Giovanni Segantini
- 08th September 2019 - 06th January 2020 William Wegman: Being Human
- 27th October 2019 - 15th March 2020 Julian Charrière
Tue / Wed / Fri / Sat / Sun: 10am to 6pm
Thu: 10am to 8pm
Don't miss the guided tour of the temporary exhibitions
Guided Tour in Italian every Sunday (11am to 12am) and Tuesday (3 pm to 4 pm). Guided Tour in German every Sunday (12am to 1 pm) from 24th march to 28th july 2019.