Start: 3 July 2019
11 h 45 min
End: 3 July 2019
17 h 00 min

Event Venue

Meet in Lugano by the lake-side at the main Navigazione Lugano embarcation

GPS: 46.005653, 8.9651699999999

Bring your guests, children or grandchildren, to enjoy the museum with us.
It was created from 1935 in one of the old buildings of the border-control customs, but transformed into a inter-active museum in 1994.
It is only accessible by boat, and tells us about all the smuggling that used to go on, amongst other things.
We can  buy  drinks  and something to nibble at the Grotto Teresa or the Grotto Descanso.
For the full lunch, it would be best to book.
There is the option of bringing a sandwich to eat on the boat or in the garden next to the museum.
The museum opens at 13.30.

Meet in Lugano by the lake-side at the main Navigazione Lugano embarcation, to buy the return tickets, ready to catch the 12.15pm boat across the lake to the Cantina di Gandria, arriving 12.54.
Returning on the 15.02 or 15.53, arriving back in Lugano at 15.40 or 16.40. 

Cost :
If we are 10 or more we get a special rate of CHF: 22.-
If you have the half price yearly card for the trains, you pay half  price.
Children under 6 pay CHF: 5.-
The boat ticket can vary between CHF: 27.60 and CHF: 11.- for adults and it is essential to let us know if you have the ½ price card Swisspass.
Arcobaleno and the daily ‘giornaliera’ train ticket give considerable reductions as well.

Entrance to the museum
CHF: 5.- for adults, CHF: 2.50 for 6 – 16 year olds, under 6 free.

The audio guide with glasses costing CHF: 2.50 is thoroughly recommended, since you can choose your language and see short films showing what it was really like in the old days.
The audio guides need to be reserved well in advance.

Reservations to:
Mrs Patty Pellegrini, Via Baroffio 1, 6850 Mendrisio, tel:091 6465352,
Mrs Penny Osti, tel/fax: 091 9701654. Email:
Mrs Beverly Ortelli, tel: 091 630 0086 e-mail:


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