The mountains and lakes of Switzerland have long drawn travellers to this surprisingly diverse, multilingual nation with 26 administrative cantons. Swiss urban settlements have much to offer visitors. In addition to quality shopping, dining and cultural offerings, the heritage of several cities, established during the Middle Ages, leaves histories and landmarks worthy of exploration. These cities offer bases for trips into the Alps yet also have much of their own to warrant a visit. Situated in Switzerland’s Italian speaking region, the city of Lugano overlooks the lake of the same name and is renowned for its mild winters, warm summers and rainy Mays. One of the most spectacular views of the region is from nearby Montè Bre.
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