Parco Ciani is a beautifully kept public park located in the city of Lugano, Switzerland. It is one of the largest and most beautiful parks in the city and covers an area of approximately 63,000 square meters. Every season, Parco Ciani is a delight to visit, even on a rainy day – which is rare for Ticino! So if you are exploring Lugano and Ticino, make sure to plan in some time to visit.
History & INformation
The park was named after Stefano Ciani, a prominent lawyer and politician in the city of Lugano in the 19th century. The park was opened to the public in 1888 and has since become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
Parco Ciani is around 63,000 m² and known for its lush greenery, scenic views of Lake Lugano, and well-maintained walking paths. You can walk past the century-old trees and well kept gardens all year long.
It is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including rare and exotic plants such as a few Japanese cherry trees, the typical Ticino camellias, and magnolias. The gardens are also planted with daffodils, colourful pansies and hyacinths.
Open all year and on all days
Summer 06:00 – 23:00
Winter 06:00 – 20:00
All year long the park is popular for locals and visitors to sit and relax in, such as to sit on one of the many pretty red benches looking out to Lake Lugano. The park also features a very large playground for children at the end area near the beach. So those with children can come and play here whenever they wish.
The park also has a small open-air theatre that hosts various cultural events throughout the year.
Parco Ciani During Spring
The park is a popular spot in Spring for sports after the winter period, such as jogging, outdoor fitness classes and leisurely strolls.
The flowers are always well kept at the park, with early March being a great moment for visiting. Daffodils, pansies, cherry blossom and magnolia’s are all showing themselves, as well as everything else turning more green.
We personally love Spring season the most, sitting on one of the red benches and listening to the water and birds is very relaxing!
For more Spring Gardens you can visit in Ticino, check here!
Parco Ciani During Summer
For summer, the park is the place to be. Warm sunshine, fun atmosphere and tourists and locals relaxing. There are often events happening throughout the summer, which start in the city and extend into the park.
Summer in Parco Ciani is also perfect for a picnic, with warm days and long summer nights. There are lots of red benches you can choose to sit on with a bite to eat, but bring a blanket and find a spot on the grass. Just make sure to sit in the designated area and afterwards take all your trash with you or throw it away correctly.
Throughout Summer there are often events held in and around the park. You will likely experience live music, dancing and activities for kids to join.
Parco Ciani During Autumn
The park during Autumn is still a pretty sight. All trees, bushes and flowers take on the colder temperatures and the beautiful brown and orange leaves fall down onto the pathways. Making it a fun crunchy walk through the area.
For Autumn the park does not sleep, with still many enjoying their walks and fitness here. Autumn can still bring warm sunshine to Lugano, but also a few rainy days. The park is well kept even in August, so walking here in the rain is not a problem and no puddles cover the pathways.
Combine a walk in the park with the Lugano Autumn Festival!
Parco Ciani During Winter
With a fresh layer of snow, Parco Ciani is a winter wonderland. From the beginning of December, the Lugano municipality decorates the park with a few Christmas decorations. This brightens up the park at night for a festive walk in the cold.
For 2022 they had a few shaped lighting throughout along the pathways, such as small deer, a bear, a large reindeer and stars. There were also presents and baubles in the tree. These were displayed the same time as the Lugano Christmas markets.
If you are visiting Lugano in Winter, make sure to check our other Winter tips here!
Frequently Asked Questions About Parco Ciani
Here are some popular questions we see about the park, so we hope they help you too!
Can I park my car nearby?
Yes, there are a few parking options to choose from for you to park your car. Two main parking areas that are the closest are:
- Parcheggio Campo Marzio – Via Campo Marzio 1, 6900 Lugano
- Autosilo Piazza Castello – Viale Carlo Cattaneo 5, 6900 Lugano
Can you swim in lake Lugano at Parco Ciani?
Yes thats possible! The easiest area is at the beach spot at the very end of the park. Most swimmers do not go very far of course, since when it’s warm there are also little boats and paddle boarders on the water. So you need to be careful and stay aware of your surroundings.
Where is the playground for the children in Parco Ciani?
You can find the playground area also close to the beach, at the very end of the park. They have a huge climbing tower, swings and all other park accessories. It’s a great place for children to run around and enjoy some fun!
Are dogs allowed in Parco Ciani?
Yes dogs are allowed in the park, however they should be kept on their leashes.
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Overall, Parco Ciani is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Lugano, even in the rain!. Its natural beauty, scenic views, and peaceful atmosphere make it the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the outdoors. So regardless of the season you are visiting Lugano, make sure to enjoy at least a walk at Parco Ciani.