Lugano

Lugano is a city in the south of Switzerland, in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, which borders Italy. The population of the city proper was 55,151 as of December 2011, and the population of the urban agglomeration was over 145,000. It is the 9th largest city of Switzerland by population, the largest city in Ticino, and the largest Italian-speaking city outside of Italy. The city lies on Lake Lugano, surrounded by the mountains of the Lugano Prealps.