Overlooking the city of Lugano, as as well as the lake, Villa Sassa offers excellent service with superb views. With a hotel, apartments, restaurant, bar, club, swimming pools, Villa Sassa truly has it all.
From the website: In a wonderful setting on the hills overlooking Lugano, Villa Sassa covers 16,000 square metres around an old tastefully restored nineteenth century villa. Sophisticated, discrete and luminous, Villa Sassa offers exceptionally high standards of service and painstaking attention to detail in order to make your stay a truly special occasion. The highly acclaimed Ai Giardini di Sassa restaurant takes great pride in its innovative meals, meticulously cooked up in an enchanting setting. Villa Sassa’s bewitching backdrop provides the ideal location for ceremonies, banquets, family parties, dinners or corporate cocktail parties. The wide summer terrace beside the pool with panoramic views over Lugano and the mountains makes the bar lounge even more enchanting, especially in summer.
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You can visit their website here.
The long awaited photos of Alex and Lisa’s wedding in Switzerland, taken by photographer Milo Zanecchia.
Some photos by the extremely talented Marian Bader of Alex and Lisa and the two days they spent after their wedding, going to various sites around Ticino. A beautiful couple in a beautiful setting.
Taken from www.Luganowedding.com
The Villa Principe Leopoldo, located on the Collina d’Oro and with stunning views, is one of the premier hotels in the Lugano area.
From the website:
Once the house of Emperor William’s brother in law, this historical building, which is post-modern in inspiration, with its versatile style, enjoys an astounding view on the lake and the surrounding mountains.
Today, the Villa has 37 large Suites, Junior Suites and Deluxe rooms, all equipped with air-conditioning. Precious curtains and large and comfortable sofas separate the bedroom area from the living room. Bathrooms, with marble pannelling are situated on the side of the corridor.
Several of you have asked us who exactly Alex and Lisa are, and what their story is, so we thought we would share their story with you using their own words:
Find out how this adventure began…
Back in the year 2000 I met a boy. I didn’t know it at the time but that moment changed my life. I know it sounds like a cliche and absolutely like cheese on toast but its completely true!
We were friends for years, eventually lovers and then went our seperate ways for a while…well…for 5 years!
After both of us going through some wild relationships we caught up again for a drink and instantly knew we should have never let each other go.
Within a few months we were planning the trip we’d both been dreaming about since that day back in 2000!
We put Alex’s business up for sale, put the house up for sale and worked all hours to save the pennies to make our dreams come true!
So finally…3 years down the line…business sold, house sold, jobs quit and our joint 60 years of life packed into boxes, sold and donated…the journey begins!
As a reminder, the Swiss leg of their adventure will be on August 26th at Swiss Miniatur. We will be posting invitation information on this website, so stay tuned!
LuganoWedding is proud to be organizing Alex and Lisa’s upcoming Swiss Wedding. In case you are unfamiliar with Alex and Lisa’s adventure, here it is in their own words:
A couple in love, searching for the perfect place to get married.
How? By having a wedding ceremony in each country we visit…
We are on an adventure of a lifetime. For three years we’re going to drive and ship around the globe in our 25 year old camper van ‘Peggy’ exchanging vows in the most unusual and unique wedding locations we can find.
We are looking to embrace the culture and local traditions of each place we visit.
We want to experience the difference in each ceremony and find out what it is that makes the bringing of two people together such a worldwide tradition, and of course let the world know!
At the end of the trip we will pick our favorite place and go back to officially tie the knot and this is the best bit! If you want to help us to support UNICEF through our UNICEF-Zankyou Wedding Registry you and a friend are in for the chance to be flown out all expenses paid to our final mystery destination wedding!
Congratulations again to Alex and Lisa on this wonderful adventure!!
Their Swiss Wedding is scheduled for August 26th in Swiss Miniatur, so keep your calendars free!
Click here for more information from their website.
The Hotel Esplanade, located in Minusio-Locarno, is a majestic hotel overlooking Lago Maggiore.
From the website:
majestic and elegant, situated above Minusio, a sun-kissed peaceful residential area of Locarno, in lush, exotic grounds. Just 300 m from Lago Maggiore, in Switzerland.
It is a very elegant location, which though easily reached, is away from the hustle and bustle of Locarno, Ascona and Lugano.
Val Verzasca is possibly the most famous valley in Ticino and one visit will show you why. From the dam James Bond bungee jumped off of in Goldeneye, to the Romanesque Lavertezzo bridges, to the smallest town in Switzerland (Corippo, Population: 14) to the Sonogno waterfalls at the top of the valley, you will have plenty to see when visiting this area; especially since you will want to stop along the river and bask in the sun on the glacial rocks, surrounded by the stunning beauty of Italian Switzerland.
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More pictures of Val Verzasca can be found here.
Two beautiful towns on Lake Maggiore. Locarno is home to the Locarno International Film Festival and Ascona is a favorite location for summer travelers in the region. These are hubs when traveling to Minusio, Muralto, Orselina and the Castello Visconteo.
From the Bellinzona UNESCO World Heritage website:
Bellinzona’s castles are considered amongst the finest examples of medieval fortification architecture in Switzerland. As they appear today, the fortifications, whose origins actually go much further back to a prehistoric settlement on Castelgrande hill, are mainly the result of intensive and complex building activity instigated by the Dukes of Milan in the 15th century.
Weddings are also held at the castles (look for some of the photos in our Gallery section), with spectacular views and a wonderful restaurant located inside.
Photo by Ivan Wagner
For more information about Bellinzona and its history, you can visit the UNESCO site here.