What to do and see in Morcote, Switzerland: The Best Places and Tips

January 22, 2018 Chanda Heide

Morcote is a municipality in the Swiss canton of Ticino situated about 10 kilometres from Lugano in the district of Lugano on the shore of Lake Lugano.
Restaurants in Morcote

1. Chiesa di Santa Maria del Sasso

Situated on top of the hill, Morcote, Switzerland
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4.5 based on 62 reviews

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Sasso

Reviewed By weberwest - Bellingham, Washington

Some 400 steps above the charming village of Morcote with its small alleys,ancient houses and waterfront quays stands this beautiful church dating back to the 13th century, rebuilt in 1462 in the Renaissance style and subsequently renovated with baroque style. Both the church and the adjacent Chapel Sant' Antonio do Padova (1676) with its unusual octagonal floor plan exhibit beautiful frescoes and carvings. There is a beautiful view from the church over Morcote, the Lago di Lugano and the surrounding hills, partially situated in Italy. The view gets actually even better if you climb the path behind the church up to a little square with a bronze statue of a Madonna. On the way up you get very good angles to photograph both the church tower and the lake. From the square on top you can also access the interesting cemetery (Cimitero Monumentale) and walk back to the village through the cemetery.

2. Parco Scherrer

Am See, Morcote 6922, Switzerland +41 91 996 21 25
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4 based on 94 reviews

Parco Scherrer

Reviewed By Adventurers049 - Brisbane, Australia

You can get here by boat from Lugano. This is a lovely little park garden with a number of themes. Beautifully laid out with great views over the lake. Well worth a visit while you are in Lugano.

3. Borgo Antico

Centro Antico, Morcote, Switzerland
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Borgo Antico

Reviewed By GreenThumb331 - Manila, Philippines

We found the tourist information center after alighting from the bus from Lugano. The lady was helpful in telling us the attractions to visit in our limited time in the town. Morcote is more Italian than Swiss. Pictureresque is the best word to describe it. The cafes and stores along the town center would trick your mind that you are in the Mediterranean than in Switzerland.

We had good gelato while we waited for the scheduled bus back to Lugano.

4. Cimitero Monumentale

Excellent
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Cimitero Monumentale

Reviewed By weberwest - Bellingham, Washington

Beautiful quiet and though-provoking cemetery attached to the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Sasso, built in terraces into the steep slope overlooking the picturesque village of Morcote, the Lago di Lugano and the surrounding hillsides. Exhibiting many family graves, some of them of famous individuals and very interesting pieces of sculptures. Definitely worth visiting and spending some time here in contemplation. See this in combination with a visit to the church Santa Maria del Sasso.

5. Oratorio Di Sant'Antonio

Sentee Da la Gesa, Morcote 6922, Switzerland
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4 based on 5 reviews

Oratorio Di Sant'Antonio

Reviewed By Augusta Maria C - Province of Monza and Brianza, Italy

Nei pressi della Chiesa di S. Maria del Sasso, si incontra l'oratorio di S. Antonio da Padova, edificato nel XVII sec, secondo uno stile architettonico che non mi entusiasma. L'edificio è comunque interessante e di strada. A pianta ottagonale, a cui un secolo dopo fu aggiunto un portico, conserva nella cupola interessanti affreschi sulla vita di Cristo, con personaggi ritratti a grandezza naturale Nel complesso è un Oratorio di interesse artistico. Non partirei da casa per vederlo, ma trovandosi in loco, merita una sosta con visita.

6. Torre del Capitano

Morcote, Switzerland
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3.5 based on 5 reviews

Torre del Capitano

Reviewed By Augusta Maria C - Province of Monza and Brianza, Italy

Sono stupita che non ci siano recensioni su questa torre, che pare essere il più antico monumento civile del centro urbano. Io credo che molti l'abbiano vista, ma forse non si sono accorti della Torre del Capitano, diventata poi Torre del Municipio. Conviene leggere la storia di questo edificio e di tutta Morcote, che inevitabilmente si intreccia con quella dell'intero territorio Ticinese. Ubicata sul lungolago, è attaccata ad altri palazzi su entrambi i lati. Nel medioevo, invece, chiudeva la cinta muraria del villaggio.
Un reperto storico e artistico ben conservato. Quella finestra ogivale bifora, posta nel piano alto della Torre è un esempio di raffinatezza stilistica.

7. Scala Monumentale

riva da S. Antoni 2, Morcote 6922, Switzerland
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4 based on 1 reviews

Scala Monumentale

Reviewed By Mitch_sky - Bologna, Italy

Scala davvero affascinante che porta verso altre attrazioni molto belle da vedere e che offre anche un bellissimo Panorama sul lago. Facile da individuare perchè l'arco da cui inizia si trova lungo la starda che costeggia il lago.

8. Cantine Riva Morcote

riva da Codaa 10/12, Morcote 6922, Switzerland +41 79 685 76 08
Cantine Riva Morcote

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