We set off in a holiday mood, boarding our boat at Lugano Giardino, heading across the Ceresio for the Cantina di Gandria. There we could picnic on the edge of the lake, which was popular with the children who were comfortably dressed for the weather in their bathing costumes and clearly enjoying dipping their toes […]


After a short hour’s drive and a pleasant 20 minute boat ride, we were pleased to find room in the free car park at the Villa Taranto Botanical Gardens. Although we were 16, we were generously granted the group rate normally for groups of 20 or more. Inspite of the hot weather we walked comfortably […]

Garden visit to Waterfall Plaza

The Magnolia Grandiflora, together with all the other mature magnolias and pines, were felled during the violent storm just a few months ago, leaving many spaces but also open views across the lake. Adolf and Sheila, with their gardeners, have done an amazing job of replanting and tidying up but first the helicopters had to […]

Ticino Spring Lunch

We were a good number for our Ticino Spring lunch and we had a good turn out from the other side of the Gotthard, with people coming to enjoy the early spring, surrounded by magnolias and camellias already in bloom. Our famed Ticino weather came up trumps yet again and we were able to have […]

Visit to Rolla Foundation in Bruzella

The exhibition ‘Factories’ is a selection of 30 photographs from the private collection of Phil and Rosella Rolla. Club members were able to enjoy an interesting guided visit at the foundation in Bruzella, Val di Muggio. On such a beautiful sunny day we were able to take in the wonderful scenery on our way to […]

Visit to the Stella Chocolate Factory

Thirteen members signed up for this visit, where duly kitted out in the latest fashion, we were able to see the whole chocolate-making process and even enjoy sampling a variety of types of chocolate with different flavours. The very successful visit to the Stella Chocolate Factory in Giubiasco was followed by lunch at the Hotel […]

Autumn Lunch

Twenty one members and two guests attended this event were happy to be warm and cosy inside the Osteria Gallo d’Oro on a dull rainy day. After circulating during the aperitives on the covered, heated terrace, we moved in to the smaller dining-room just the right size for our group and set apart from the […]