It’s an Italian strip of land, surrounded by Swiss territory, with the pride of an ancient artistic tradition and a modern professionalism in the gaming industry.
In Swiss land, overlooking Lake Lugano, it opens one of the most beautiful views of the entire region Ticino and Lombardy, to vary the daily and seasonal colors and shades. Campione d’Italia, a country from the territory circumscribed, Italian exclave an interesting historical itinerary.
It’s a tourist cosmopolitan, with an influx of international rank, even for the well known Casino, the largest in Europe by the architect Mario Botta, around which thrive important events in the fields of culture, entertainment and sport .
The Municipality covers an area of about 2 km and a half, only one of which on the mainland, mirroring the rest in the waters of Lake Lugano.
The proximity to Lugano, where the Mediterranean culture meets the other components of Swiss trilingualism, accentuates the uniqueness of an area devoid of contiguity with the state to which it belongs, however, while providing a level of comfort of the traditional quality of Switzerland in terms of safety and welfare.
The coat of arms, a shield tripartite encloses and summarizes the history and the spirit of the village. There are represented the pastoral, symbol of civil and religious power exercised for centuries by the abbots of St. Ambrose of Milan; the whip, remembering the victory of Ambrose over the Arian heretics, and the snail, blatant reminder of the customary migration of workers from Campione who brought with them tools and knowledge, affection and nostalgia. And as the Maestri Campionesi snails have left a trail which is measured on the scale of the monuments and works of art in the major centers of their time.
But the specificity of Campione is also manifest pride in its artistic monuments, such as the Shrine of Madonna of Ghirli, the Oratorio di San Pietro, the Civic Gallery former Church San Zeno and the current Parish Church of San Zeno; but also the pier, that with modern forms and essential recalls the sense of departure, with the complementary furnishings inspired by the building types of the Maestri Campionesi, the pavement of the town center which incorporates the ancient cobblestones of Lombard style, the port area make this town worthy of a visit.