Lugano and its surroundings will surprise you with their natural beauties: located in Carona, approximately ten kilometres from Lugano at an altitude of 700 metres above sea level, the San Grato Park, lying between Monte San Salvatore and Monte Arbòstora, offers a breathtaking view over the peaks of the Alpine range.
The San Grato Park is home to the most spectacular and varied collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and conifers in the region, offering a spectacle of rare beauty during the months of April and May when the flowers are in full bloom. Five themed trails help visitors find their way around more easily thanks to the strategic placement of educational panels. Other on-site amenities include a restaurant with a panoramic view and a park with a playground for children. To save time and avoid getting lost we strongly suggest that you follow the themed trails, designed to help you discover some of the Park’s best-kept secrets. The “Botanical trail” gives walkers and visitors information about the Park’s main characteristics. The “Recreational trail” offers relaxing walks along flat ground while the “Panoramic” one not only connects all the areas of the Park but also offers some of the area’s most spectacular views. The “Azalea legend” trail reveals the underlying secrets of the legend surrounding this magnificent flowering species. Lastly, the “Artistic trail” allows visitors to discover the sculptures scattered throughout the park.
The charming village of Carona
Carona is a picturesque village located at the foot of Monte San Salvatore which prides itself on its exceptional historic and artistic heritage. In fact, the richness of its magnificent religious buildings almost equals the beauty of its countless ancient dwellings. These are evidence of the work of local craftsmen who, between the 15th and 18th centuries, worked all over Europe leaving traces of their mastery along the way. On returning to their birthplace they embellished their villages with fine buildings and ornate decorations.
Suggestions by Ticino parks and gardens – Ticino Tourism