Wednesday, May 27, 2015

La Spada nella Rocca in Bellinzona

Every once in a while it is worth driving up the valley to for a special occasion. This is an event your kids will adore ... and even the adults can set their imagination free!

The Medieval Festival "La Spada nella Rocca" takes place every year in the picturesque Alpine setting of the Montebello Castle, one of three Unesco Heritage sites in Bellinzona. Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere and enjoy medieval performances with various guest groups. Revive scenes from medieval live, discover swords and archery tournaments, watch falconers shows, flag flyers and hirelings.

Venue: Spada nella rocca,
Where: Castelgrande, 6500 Bellinzona
When: Saturday, May 30th & Sunday May 31st, 2015
Time: click here for the detailed programme:

Monday, May 25, 2015

Ticino's top 10 running songs tracks

There is nothing like listening to the right playlist when you need to burn calories. There are more and more Swiss runners (almost 2 million), and many use the streaming service Spotify. That's how Ticino online established the most popular songs in the different cantons. From Bellinzona to Basel from Zurich to Bern, from Chur to Geneva, they explored the Swiss joggers' preferences.

Starting with the Ticino: Bellinzona's runners like hip hop: there are 6 tracks of this kind in the top ten lead by the Black Eyed Peas.

But the music tastes are not the same everywhere: in fact Zurich's joggers like basking in Latin beats which even include merengue and reggaeton.

The more rhythmic are the Bernese with an average frequency of 142 beats per minute (bpm). The Ticinesi average at 131 bpm. In Basel, they are more relaxed with 122 bpm and their playlist says it all, where they go from Lilly Wood & The Prick' Afro-pop to the rock of Florence and the Machine.

Here is Ticino's Top Ten runners playlist 2015:

Shut Up - The Black Eyed Peas (113 bpm)

What Them Girls Like - Ludacris (170pm)

Westside Story - The Game 115 (bpm)

Furious - Ja Rule 94 (bpm)

Skydive - Chuckie 128 (bpm)

Mozart’s House - Clean Bandit 125 (bpm)

Tom Ford - Jay Z 154 (bpm)

Lights On - Wiley 127 (bpm)

Dirt Off Your Shoulder - Jay Z 160 (bpm)

Locked Out Of Heaven - B. Mars 128 (bpm)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mad about Lego

Are your kids mad about Lego? Are you? Did you know there is a Swiss Italian association of Lego fans called SILUG (Swiss Italian LEGO® Users Group) with its own Facebook group?

Why not discover the creations of Lugano's Lego aficionados for yourself this weekend? SILUG is holding Ticino's first Lego exhibit with over 450 m2 of toy building bricks.

Lego began manufacturing interlocking toy bricks in 1949. Since then a global Lego subculture has developed, supporting movies, games, competitions, and six themed amusement parks. As of 2013, around 560 billion Lego parts have been produced and in February 2015, Lego replaced Ferrari as the "World's most powerful brand." Now, that in itself is a feat worth blogging.

Venue: Ticino Brick
Where: Capannone delle Feste, Via Ceresio 25, 6963 Pregassona
When: Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th, 2015
Time: 11.00-18.00 (Saturday)
Sonntag 10.00-17.00 (Sunday)
For more info contact:

Thursday, May 21, 2015

International Street Artists Festival in Ascona

Have you ever heard of the International Street Artists Festival? Well, it takes place in the Ticino! It's time to take a trip to Ascona this weekend.

During the four days of the festival, individual artists as well as professional groups from all over the world present their street performances. Set within the picturesque setting of Ascona the artists offer a colourful programme: enjoy pantomimes, stage plays and dance performances. Jugglers, tightrope walkers, fire eaters, musicians and clowns will entertain you and your children. Over a hundred of free entry performances fill the numerous small settings along the lakeside with a joyful atmosphere. At the end of every show the artists go around with a hat and the generous audience can thank them for the entertainment with a voluntary contribution. Let's just hope the weather gives its contribution of sunshine as well!

Venue: International Street Artists Festival
Where: Ascona, Ticino
When: Friday, May 22nd to Monday 25th, 2015
Time: Download the program of the festival
For more info click the following link:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Where is home?

The most difficult question to answer for my kids is: "Where is home?"

These are some of Lugano's expats answers that I have collected. Which is your definition?

"Home is where and when I am at peace with myself."

"Home is wherever I leave or have left behind parts of me. Home is anywhere I feel varying degrees of being complete. To come home is to come back for whatever or to whomever you've left there."

"Home to me is a kind of mindset (helped by place, certain people, certain conditions, circumstances) that one is used to starting from and returning to, day in and day out. It doesn't have to be external, or even something you like all the time, though consistency/predictability is key. Home's important because one needs an anchor in a world, even if it's an anchor you can carry around. You forget who you are and lose stability without this default point of start/return."

"Home is the space I create for myself and my family but not in any country, it is just that space and is recreated each time we move. I find that there are some key objects that I place around me that I have collected from all the places I have lived that help to create that space. It is important to me because that is the only place to be truly me, accepted, and free from judgement."

"Home is wherever my children are, where our laughter resides and where new memories can be made."

"Home are people who you can always come back to. Home is not only one place but places where I left my heart."

Monday, May 18, 2015

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution 2015

In line with yesterday's post about Neapolitan cooking, today I am posting a video that has been making the rounds on the net. Yes, it's him! He's back: Jamie Oliver. This time with a new petition called "Food Revolution Day"!

Can you imagine what he is up to!?!

Well, he urgently needs your help to make a real difference. We are currently facing a global obesity epidemic, with 42 million children under the age of five either overweight or obese across the world. The bottom line is the next generation will live shorter lives than their parents if nothing is done to rectify these alarming stats.

So Jamie is asking that you do two simple things – first, please sign this petition to show your support for compulsory practical food education in schools across the world, then, most importantly, share it via your social networks.

The utterly brilliant Ed Sheeran has written us a Food Revolution Day song! Incredibly talented artists on the music track include Sir Paul McCartney, Alesha Dixon, Jazzie B, Professor Green, Jamie Cullum, George The Poet, Us The Duo, Che'nelle, DJ MK, Mr Hudson, The London Youth Choir and Hugh Jackman!

Over a million people have joined our Food Revolution, to try and make sure every child gets the basic skills they need to lead healthier, happier lives through food education in schools.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Lugano's Neapolitan lunch delivery

Have you met Marina Schisa, a Neapolitan who transferred to Lugano many years ago? We all know the Neapolitan cuisine is one of the best in the world... I can vouch for that, my mother-in-law is from Naples! 2010 Marina started a business from her passion and founded the "Chef School Lugano". Marina's mission is to share her secrets and passion of Neapolitan cuisine with her dinner guests.

Apart from her catering service, you can now order lunch or buy typical Neapolitan homemade dishes. She even organises Kids' cooking courses! What are you waiting for? Contact Marina at: or call directly Tel: 079/887'63'62. 

Buon Appetito!!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

How Switzerland prepares for the summer

Switzerland is known as a country of water, which is hardly surprising with over 7,000 lakes, waterfalls and rivers. And now it's time to smarten them up for all the tourists who are looking to spend their summer in Switzerland. They are all perfectly accessible on foot - in Switzerland you are never far away from a body of water. Find out everything you need to know about vacations in and around Switzerland's wonderful clean water on there site:

Here is how Switzerland gets ready for the summer. Watch this fun video produced by the tourist office a few years ago....

Friday, May 1, 2015

May 1st at the Lido di Lugano

Today, May 1st, is when the Lido of Lugano officially inaugurates its season. It is a Lugano tradition to head down to the lake - no matter what the weather is like - to have the first ice cream of season!

Unfortunately today's weather Gods were not on our side. Maybe tomorrow will be better and we can dip our toes in the water and have a drink on their lovely terrasse while the kids have a run along the sandy beach.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

EXPO 2015 in Milano

Tomorrow is the big day! The city of Milano has been gearing towards this moment for decades. The world exhibition, “Expo Milano 2015”, is opening its doors tomorrow.

You too can take a trip to the world exhibition between 1 May and 31 October 2015. With SBB you travel direct to the exhibition location and back home again – conveniently and with no traffic jams – thanks to trains offering more than 2000 additional seats per day.

With Milano Rho Fiera only 200 metres from the exhibition site, the best way to travel to Expo Milano 2015 is by train. And you can also stretch your legs or get a bite to eat en route in the restaurant on board EuroCity trains or else from the SBB Minibar.

Under the motto “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, 144 countries devote themselves to topics such as technology, innovation, culture and tradition. They are focusing on the rights of all people to a healthy and adequate diet. Visit this exciting exhibition – whether alone, with the family, as a company or as a group – including an overnight stay or simply for the day.

SBB are putting on numerous special event trains for Expo Milano 2015. You can find the timetable for these trains here: from Zurich via Lugano to Milano and return.

Switzerland at the Expo
The pavilion for the Swiss project, “Confederatio Helvetica”, consists of a large, open area with four towers filled with apple rings, water, salt and coffee. Visitors are invited to travel up the towers in lifts and help themselves to the Swiss delicacies. As the towers gradually empty, the platforms they are built on start to sink. The gradual emptying of the towers is designed to encourage people to think about their own attitude to consumption.

More information at:

Further information on Expo Milano 2015:
You can buy tickets at counters in the Expo shop or online. Tickets cannot be exchanged or returned. Choose here:

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