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.
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Parco San Grato
Suggested period: April-May
Lenght of visit: 1 1/2 - 3 h
Dogs: on the lead
Accessibility to bikes: no
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
Open all year
Open all days
Entry to park: Free
Guided visit: For big groups, if asked, contact Lugano Turismo-Tesserete, Tel. +41 (0)58 866 49 50
By PostBus: from Lugano center to Carona, 25 minutes
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the implementation of Parco San Grato, there are going to be many events over the course of 2017.