Morcote, Ticino Switzerland

Morcote is a municipality in the Swiss canton of Ticino situated about 10 km from Lugano in the district of Lugano on the shore of Lake Lugano. It has a population of 731 (Dec 2014).

Map of Lake Lugano, from Lugano to Morcote and Melide

Map of Lake Lugano, from Lugano to Morcote and Melide

Boarding Point, going to Morcote by ferry

Boarding Point, going to Morcote by ferry

Society Navigation of the Lake Lugano

Society Navigation of the Lake Lugano

Going on board the ferry, MN «Ceresio», 1931.

Going on board the ferry. MN «Ceresio», 1931 (Length: 31.35 m / Width: 6.28 m / Max Speed: 21.8 Km/h / Crew: 2 / Seats inside: 104 / Passenger capacity: 240 persons)

The ship was setting sails to Morcote. The weather was very nice that day.

The ship was setting sails to Morcote. The weather was very nice that day.

Sailing the Lake Lugano to Morcote. The scenery is splendid.

Sailing the Lake Lugano to Morcote. Navigating the neighborhood of Melide .

The scenery was splendid. Passengers were waiting the ferry at the pier of Brusino Arsizi Village.

The scenery was splendid. Passengers were waiting the ferry at the pier of Brusino Arsizi Village.

Morcote the "Pearl of Ceresio".

Arrived at the village of Morcote “Pearl of Ceresio”

Landed in the village of Morcote

Landed in the village of Morcote, Piazza Granda

I rushed into the tourist information office and got the map and brochure of the town.

Morcote Town Map

Morcote Town Map

S. Antonio Abate (Church of St. Antonio Abate) / Parco Scherrer (Park Scherrer) / Torre del Capitano (Tower of the Captain)

S. Antonio Abate (Church of St. Antonio Abate) / Parco Scherrer (Park Scherrer) / Torre del Capitano (Tower of the Captain)

Riva di Pilastri (Street, Shore of Pillars) / Nucleo di Morcote (Center of Morcote) / Lungolago (Promenade)

Riva di Pilastri (Street, Shore of Pillars) / Nucleo di Morcote (Center of Morcote) / Lungolago (Promenade)

Brochure of Morcote

Brochure of Morcote

Brochure of Morcote

Brochure of Morcote

Brochure of Morcote

Brochure of Morcote

Bus stop near the pier

Bus stop near the pier

Portico of Morcote; Going to the Church of Santa Maria del Sasso through the Portico

Portico of Morcote; Going to the Church of Santa Maria del Sasso through the Portico

In the arcade there are souvenir shops, cafeterias and restaurants.

In the arcade there are souvenir shops, cafeterias and restaurants.

With its characteristic small alleys, the arcades of old Patrician homes, valuable architectural monuments and its natural beauty, the lakefront position, Morcote is considered “the Pearl of Ceresio”

From here, you have to climb 400 steps of stairs.

From here, you have to climb 400 steps of stairs.

There were a small fountain and fresco on the way.

There were a small fountain and fresco on the way.

There was very beautiful scenery.

There was very beautiful scenery.

As you climb the stairs, there are frescos.

As you climb the stairs, there are frescos.

Arrived at the church of Santa Maria del Sasso.

Arrived at the church of Santa Maria del Sasso.

Lake Lugano, view from the church of Santa Maria del Sasso.

Lake Lugano, view from the church of Santa Maria del Sasso.

Chiesa Santa Maria del Sasso (Church of Santa Maria del Sasso)

Chiesa Santa Maria del Sasso (Church of Santa Maria del Sasso)

The church of Santa Maria del Sasso was probably built in the 13th century. It was completely rebuilt in 1462 in the style of the Renaissance. In 1758 it was renovated in the baroque style, while in the 18th century a monumentual staircase was added to the front of the church. The church tower was built in the Middle Ages and made taller during the 16th century.

The bell tower and the façade of the church of Santa Maria del Sasso.

The bell tower and the façade of the church of Santa Maria del Sasso.

Main Altar of the Church Santa Maria del Sasso

Main Altar of the Church Santa Maria del Sasso

Interior of the Church of Santa Maria del Sasso

Interior of the Church of Santa Maria del Sasso

The church yard on the narrow path "Sentee da la Gesa"

The church yard on the narrow path “Sentee da la Gesa”

The church yard

The church yard

Chapel of Sant’Antonio da Padova of Santa Maria del Sasso Morcote

Chapel of Sant’Antonio da Padova of Santa Maria del Sasso Morcote

Near the church is the Chapel Sant’ Antonio do Padova which was built in 1676 with an unusual octagonal floor plan and dome.

Altar and ceiling paintings of the Chapel

Altar and ceiling paintings of the Chapel

Interior of the Chapel of Sant’Antonio da Padova

Interior of the Chapel of Sant’Antonio da Padova

View from the Chapel

View from the Chapel

Leaving the church of Santa Maria del Sasso Morcote

Leaving the church of Santa Maria del Sasso Morcote

Scherrer Park came into view.

Scherrer Park came into view.

Town Hall of Morcote

Town Hall of Morcote

Past the front of the town hall, walked for a while and I got to the park “Parco Scherrer.”

Arrived at Parco Scherrer.

Arrived at Parco Scherrer.

Paid the entrance fee here and entered Parco Scherrer.

Paid the entrance fee here and entered Parco Scherrer.

Scherrer Park is called “The Garden of Wonders.” The park was built by Arturo Scherrer (1881 – 1956) who was the merchant of textile, avid traveler and lover of art and culture.

Brochure of Scherrer Park

Brochure of Scherrer Park

Brochure of Scherrer Park

Brochure of Scherrer Park

Walked up the stone steps to the park.

Walked up the stone steps to the park.

In 1965, the garden was opened to the public.

In this garden, many plants, buildings and images from all over the world have been exhibited.

In this garden, many plants, buildings and images from all over the world have been exhibited.

 Parco Scherrer

Parco Scherrer

The gardens are rich with luxurious subtropical vegetation and many kinds of buildings and art, both original and copies from all over the world.

Scherrer Garden

Scherrer Garden

Lake Lugano, view from the Scherrer Garden

Lake Lugano, view from the Scherrer Garden

I didn’t really have time, so I walked around the garden hastily and got out of it.

I was looking for any restaurant and walked into the narrow alleys.

I was looking for any restaurant and walked into the narrow alleys.

Restaurant Osteria di Lugano

Restaurant Osteria di Lugano, I had lunch here.

After lunch, I went to the next destination on a ferry.

After lunch, I went to the next destination on a ferry.

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