The Roman Mosaics of Orbe consist of eight magnificent mosaic floors that decorated a Gallic-Roman estate dating back to the year 170. The mosaics give the visitor an inkling of the enormous wealth of the lord of the manor and gentleman farmer, whose villa had more than 100 rooms.
17 km from Lugano, this hotel is located in the hills of the wild and romantic Malcantone. The Albergo is composed of two typical Ticino houses with a courtyard and beautiful gardens. Some rooms are newly renovated. Small conference room, swimming pool and tennis courts. The restaurant with its Italian cuisine is especially known for homemade pasta, saddle of lamb and game.
The Romans called it Leuca Fortis – “strong Leuk” – and until the 19th century this was one of the ecclesiastical and cultural centres of the Valais. Defiant towers, castles and fine patrician houses bear witness to the former strength, self-confidence and determination of the community. The emblematic Bishop’s Castle (built 1254), town hall, late-gothic St. Stephen’s Church (with its romanesque tower and roman fi replace) and baroque Ringacker Chapel can be seen for miles around.
From Kandersteg via the winemaking region of Valais with its famous mountain peaks to the picturesque Lake Geneva Region – this tour reveals the rich contrasts of French-speaking Switzerland, between eternal snows and landscapes of Mediterranean charm.
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