On August 15th, Ferragosto in Switzerland
August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, which is a Catholic religious holiday that celebrates the ascent of the Virgin Mary into heaven.
In Switzerland, this holiday is observed only in a few cantons, including Ticino.
Therefore, August 15th is a public holiday both in Italy and in Switzerland. In Lugano, you can take advantage of the day of celebration to visit the city's attractions, such as the lake, Ciani park, the LAC art museum or Mount San Salvatore. One can also attend different cultural and musical events taking place in various places in the city. For example, the Hedi Mertens exhibition at the Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana.
In Chiasso, apart from the organized events and celebrations, you can visit the M.A.X. museum, dedicated to graphic art and visual communication, or the Vincenzo Vela museum, which houses the works of the Ticino sculptor.
You can take a walk along the Breggia river or cross the border with Italy and reach Como, where you can admire the famous cathedral, the Olmo villa and the Este villa.
In Mendrisio, you can visit the art museum of the Pinacoteca Züst, which exhibits works by Swiss and Italian artists from the 15th to the 20th century, or the treasure museum of the Basilica of San Martino, which preserves sacred objects and relics. Events will be present for the historic village of Mendrisio, with its colorful houses and arcades. For shopping, you can take advantage of the numerous outlets in the area, such as the FoxTown Factory Stores.
We wish you a happy Swiss August 15th! 🎉
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