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(Province of Como, Lombardy)
Switzerland > Ticino > Lugano > Sighignola

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Go there! Place with spectacular view cut from the Italian-Swiss border with a view that on clear days spreads spectacularly across the Alps. Normally you can also see Lake Maggiore, just to understand the extent. I recommend leaving the car at the lower parking lot and do the last stretch on foot, pleasant walk plus car in the shade!

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Sighignola is a mountain of the Lugano Prealps, located on the border between the Italian region of Lombardy and the Swiss canton of Ticino. A panoramic terrace just below the summit, and directly on the Italian side of the border, provides a spectacular view especially to the west, over Lake Lugano and the city of Lugano, to the Alps. For this reason, the site is often known as the Balcone d'Italia.

The eastern, Italian, slopes are relatively gentle, and the viewing terrace can be reached by road from the Italian commune of Lanzo d’Intelvi to the east. The slopes to the west down to Lake Lugano are much steeper, and the upper slopes are within the Swiss municipality of Arogno. However, the lakeside below the mountain is occupied by the Italian exclave of Campione d'Italia.

In 1969 it was planned to construct a cable car from Sighignola, across the Swiss upper slopes, to Campione d'Italia. Whilst construction was started, the cable car never opened, and in 2009 an agreement was reached between the Italian and Swiss authorities to remove the remains of the cable car structure.


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