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.  

The LAC 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. Located over three floors, the gallery holds a permanent exhibition of Lugano and Cantone Ticino art collection, temporary exhibitions and site specific installation.

Opening hours

Monday: closed
Tue / Wed / Fri / Sat / Sun: 10am to 6pm
Thu: 10am to 8pm

Don't miss the guided tour of the temporary exhibitions

In LAC cultural centre, MASI presents a rich, highly various annual exhibition programme with a new set-up, including three exhibitions focusing on twentieth-century icons Pablo Picasso and René Magritte and Swiss photographer Balthasar Burkhard as well as a solo exhibition of the work of young Swiss artist Vera Trachsel.

Free guided tour from 3pm to 4pm, entry not included (every first sunday of the months free entry). 

  • La collezione
    16th September 2018 - 13th January 2019
  • Balthasar Burkhard
    10th June - 30th September 2018
  • René Magritte. Une ligne de vie
    16th September 2018 - 6th January 2019
  • Premio Manor - Vera Trachsel
    28th October 2018 - 17th February 2019