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Family Tour & Tourist Train & Cooking Lesson in Lugano (TI) | En

Take a morning for a walking tour of Lugano designed specifically to discover the history and secrets of the city while the children have fun along the way with games and activities, and a wonderful tour of the city on board of the friendly tourist train, “the red Arrow”, travelling along the lake gulf will allow you to discover the highlights of the city.

We had to wake the children up on Friday morning (actually, I had to wake everyone up including Jean) and we enjoyed breakfast at the hotel for before heading into Lugano.

First on our agenda was to meet Romina at Piazza Manzoni and start the family tour she had organised for us. Jude grumbled about this as he wasn’t happy about the prospect of walking when there was so many other things he wanted to do but he soon changed his mind as we stared the tour which Romina organised in the style of a scavenger hunt with the children looking for places and symbols around the streets, the lake and the park as we walked.

Jude quickly announced he was having "the best time" and Alba did a good job of looking for her items too. The tour is a playful experience with details to discover, legends, riddles and mysteries to unravel. It's suitable for children aged 5-12 and the route is easily manageable for strollers. We won't reveal anything about this part to keep it as exciting as it was for us! Just contact Romina and let her show you the beautiful city of Lugano.

Once we had finished the tour we hopped on the little sightseeing train with Romina up to Paradiso where we were invited to the home of Larissa the chef for a cooking class.

We were made to feel really welcome in Larissa's home and the children were delighted to put on their chef's hats and aprons before we all got stuck into preparing our lunch of fresh gnocchi and mini apple kugelhopf cakes. I do pretty much all the cooking in our house and the children are becoming more interested in helping but they really loved having Jean with us to join in too, although he did receive some criticism from Jude over his apple chopping skills.

Larissa was very friendly and well organised and it was a well paced and thoroughly enjoyable experience for us all. Afterwards we ate the fruits of our labour we hopped back on the mini train for a little bit more of a tour of the town before we headed to the lido to meet Alessandra from Lugano tourism.


Parking : Yes (Autosilo Motta)

Toilets : We didn't see any public toilets during our Family Tour but Larissa has toilets

Baby Change Facilities : Not that we saw

Accessibility : All accessible for pushchairs - can fold it and put it a compartment at the back of the tourist train.

Family Tour

Romina Poretti Associazione Guide della Svizzera Italiana 6900 Lugano +41 78 742 61 32

Tourist Train

Trenino Turistico Lugano PIazza Manzoni 6900 Lugano +41 79 685 70 70 Fax +41 91 940 49 40

Cooking Lesson

Laboratori di cucina Sig.ra Larissa Quattro

via forzi,32 6900 Paradiso

+41 79 136 7082

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