Palazzo dei Congressi
Città di Lugano
This quiet, compact little city of spacious parks lies on the shores of beautiful Lake Lugano. The landscape has not been spoilt by excessive urbanisation, and its natural balance of mountains, hills and lowlands makes it an agreeable place to be in any season, offering a wide range of things to do.
Lugano comes as a revelation: Switzerland’s third-largest financial centre is known as a sophisticated and efficient business city, yet it has not forgotten how to enjoy the good things in life. Locals lead a distinctly Italian lifestyle, enjoying long summers and mild winters.
The central location of the Palazzo dei Congressi, hotels of every size and category, as well as a great variety of restaurants and an exciting calendar of cultural and other events, make every conference visit to Lugano a pleasure. Lugano is ideal for meetings of up more than 1,000 people. Forming a spectacular backdrop to all this is the lake and the surrounding mountains, setting for exclusive excursions and social events.
Ideal convention location
Lugano’s elegant convention centre is centrally located, right next to the splendid Parco Ciani and its homonymous villa, directly on the lake shore. The centre is located within easy walking distance of many hotels, shops and attractions. Eminently user-friendly for events of all kinds, it is equipped with the most up-to-date audio-visual facility, simultaneous translation system, wireless internet access and fully air-conditioned. An amphitheatre for 1,130 persons, banquet/conference rooms, break-out rooms and a large exhibition area offer the ideal location for conventions, workshops, banquets and exhibitions. One of the most appealing aspects of the Palazzo dei Congressi is its uncluttered hallways, wide stairways and outside terraces, spacious and ideal for networking.
Villa Ciani for private events
As a new addition to the already multifunctional offer within the Convention Centre, the Villa Ciani provides an exclusive venue available to rent for private events. With a direct indoor connection to the Convention Centre, the Villa Ciani, overlooking the Ciani park and the lake, offers many fully air conditioned rooms on three levels with frescoed ceilings and wooden floors. The luxurious and prestigious Villa Ciani, one of the City’s most magnificent locations, is suitable for any important event either as an extension of the Convention Centre or rented independently. During high season it is also possible to organize unique receptions in the park around the villa right on the lake.
To complete the offer, across the street from the Convention centre, there is an additional historical building, the former Asilo Ciani. This venue offers a unique covered patio of 280 sqm surrounded by a series of small rooms and can be ideally rented for receptions, banquets, exhibitions or small meetings.
Wide range of services
Wide choice of catering companies, in-house restaurant with Italian and local specialities, security and hostess services. Hotel accommodation: booking and confirmation directly to attendees through a practical online booking system, exhibition and poster session organization, transfer arrangements, and suggestions for social programs and VIP treatments. The staff of the Palazzo dei Congressi will help and support participants and organizers free of charge.