One of our trips from Lugano was to Fox Town, which is supposed to be an outlet mall but is nothing like those in the US and some other parts of Europe. All the major brands are represented but its no bargain centre. We spent a couple of hours looking but not finding and so decided to drive around part of Lake Lugano finishing in the small lakeside town of Porlezza in Italy where we had lunch.
Our final day in Europe, started by exploring more of Lugano but as it was Sunday, everything was of course closed. So we caught the train to Bellinzona, a thirty minute ride. The town is famous for its three castles that are UNESCO World Heritage listed. There are fortifications on the hillside where Castlegrande stands dating back to the 1st century BC, and a castle like structure was first mentioned in 590. It has since been added to many times and a lot of the castle has recently been restored to include a museum and a restaurant. On display in the museum are the original drawings used for the restoration. The other castle we visited was Montebello which is on the side of a hill overlooking the town and dates from the 14th century. It’s main protection was a deep moat which is now empty. There is a museum and a gift shop and a walk along the wall gives a great view of the town back across to Castlegrande.
We caught the train back to Lugano and had a lovely final meal for this trip at Ristorante Commercio in Lugano. Next morning we drove to Malpensa Airport (about 70 mins) and boarded our Singapore Airlines flight back to Australia.
This blog cannot be finished without mentioning Singapore Airlines which has a reputation as one of the best in the World. We have now flown on it four times in Business class, in a word, DISAPPOINTING!! The seats are great but when they are made into the beds the way they do it, very uncomfortable especially for someone Renze’s size. The service is good and the food OK but we have had better.