Situated in the Ticino region of Switzerland, Lugano is a little slice of Italy nestled within Swiss values. When in need of some sunshine, slightly warmer temperatures and a more relaxed atmosphere, Lugano is a three hour train ride from Zurich, making this a great weekend getaway spot - or even a day trip option. Just a few meters after exiting the train we were greeted with the most breathtaking view of the bell tower, Lago di Lugano and the Monte Brè and San Salvatore mountain ranges as its backdrop. With its slow pace, friendly atmosphere, beautiful scenery and proximity to Italy (short 30 minute train ride), it is one of my favorite spots to visit here in Switzerland.