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Parks - Lugano-Carona

Parco San Grato

As soon as you enter these one-of-a-kind botanical gardens you’ll feel you're in an enchanted world where colours and scents make for a truly unforgettable experience.

With a surface area of 62,000 m², Parco San Grato boasts the largest collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and conifers, in terms of variety and quantity, in the whole Insubria region. Between San Salvatore and Monte Arbòstora, approximately 10 km from Lugano, it extends up to 690 metres above sea level, and offers outstanding views over the nearby area, Lake Lugano and the Alpine peaks. While visiting the park you find yourself immersed in an environment with one-of-a-kind natural and decorative characteristics: the large swathes of azaleas and rhododendrons are crisscrossed by five thematic trails: botanical, relaxation, scenic, artistic and fairy-tale, each one of which reveals different aspects of the park which are renewed as the seasons change. The playground is easily reachable and located in the center of the park, amongst rare, impressive conifers. It offers children and adults the chance to play and have fun. San Grato Restaurant, with its scenic terrace, is organised so as to meet the needs of everyone, from Sunday day-trippers to refined gourmets. The park also features a chapel dedicated to Saint Grato, the Saint invoked against lightning, storms, pests harming crops and to pray for rain during periods of drought.

The tematic paths of San Grato park!

Parco San Grato


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  1. Contact

    Parco San Grato
    San Grato
    6914 Lugano-Carona

  2. Notes

    Suggested period: April-May
    Lenght of visit: 1 1/2 - 3 h
    Dogs: on the lead
    Accessibility to bikes: no
    Playground: yes
    Pic-nic area: yes
    Restaurant/Bar: inside the Park, Tel. +41 (0)91 649 70 21
    It's not allowed to pick up flowers and fruits

  3. Altitude

    690 m

  4. Opening

    Open all year
    Open all days

  5. Prices

    Free entry
    Entry to park: Free
    Guided visit: For big groups, if asked, contact Lugano Turismo-Tesserete, Tel. +41 (0)58 866 49 50

  6. How to arrive

    By PostBus: from Lugano center to Carona, 25 minutes

  7. Access to the disabled
    • Difficult access
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