Monte San Salvatore rises on one side of the crescent bay where the town of Lugano, Switzerland graces the shores of Lake Lugano

Click on title to view photo in large format. The iconic Monte San Salvatore, rising abruptly from the shore of Lake Lugano, is the most famous sight in the city of Lugano, Switzerland. Lugano has long been a favorite destination with the rich and famous. Not so well-heeled tourists, however, will also find much to do. In addition to cruises on Lake Lugano, the surrounding foothills of the Swiss Alps offer a cornucopia of hiking opportunities. For the more sedentary, a funicular whisks passengers to the top of Monte San Salvatore for panoramic views of Lake Lugano, the city, and countryside. The area is also home to more than 190 miles of mountain biking trails, the largest network in Switzerland. Despite all this, and somewhat curiously, Lugano claims to have perfected the art of doing nothing.