Lake Lugano is perfectly located on the border of northern Italy and Switzerland. If you are visiting Milan, it is easy to reach and can be combined in a day trip with Lake Como. The day we visited Lake Lugano, it was warm and windy. There were swans eating by the lake side, and children running around with their families.
We had seen many other tourists renting boats to explore the lake. We were truly taken back that we needed to provide so little information to rent a motor boat to roam the lake by ourselves. We were with a small group of girls and one of us had our Passport on us, so we willingly handed it over to a strange man who was soliciting tourists for the rental of paddle boats, canoes, and motor boats. Without question, he passed us the keys and said, “be back in a couple hours”, we started the engine before he could change his mind.
None of us truly knew how to operate the boat, so obviously, we decided to go as far out as we could to go swimming. When we finally reached our destination, we had an unforgettable view of beautiful houses lining the lakeside. There were no other boats in sight, we could barely see the shore where we began, and none of us had swimsuits. It was perfect; we swam completely naked in the lake and the water was warmer than one would expect. Each of us would squeal as we would nearly knock over our little motor boat as we climbed up and down the ladder. Finally, a much larger tourist boat came sailing towards us in the distance. We screamed and scrambled to get dressed in order not be seen by the roughly fifty tourists sitting on an open deck boat coming by. We do not think that by the time they got close enough to see us, that they realized what our group of teenagers were doing exactly. So, they waved, as it is common courtesy as you pass a fellow sailor, we, red faced, waved back and smiled. As my Dad would say, "just smile and wave boys".
If water activities wouldn’t be high on your list of activities at Lake Lugano, don’t be alarmed. Walking along the streets and enjoying the view is more than enough to have you feeling at one with nature.