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Lugano and Bellinzona for the Day

Hi all.

I am wondering if something like this is doable.

Early train Milan-Lugano (arrive around 9 am).
Magic Circuit Boat Trip (Takes 3 hours).
Quick lunch
Train to Bellinzona (arrive around 2). See the 3 castles
Train back to Lugano (arrive around 5)
Funicular up to San Salvatore
Train back to Milan

This would be in July, so late sunset.


Posted by
710 posts

Too much, IMO. Lugano deserves a full day on its own. Bellinzona is probably a half-day for me.

Posted by
2717 posts

Seems like you're only allowing 2 1/2 hours to visit the three castles in Bellinzona. Even if you use a taxi, it's not enough time to visit all three. You might be able to complete viewing the lower Castelgrande in town. If you can, spend an unrushed day in Lugano and plan a full day in Bellinzona, preferably arriving for the Saturday morning market and then visiting all three castles. Wander the old town center. Have a great pizza sitting on the terrace of the Croce Federale.

Posted by
2829 posts

Take Bellinzona out, and spend a full day in Lugano proper.