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Lugano is a town (130.000 people in the agglomeration) in the south of Switzerland, in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, which borders Italy. The city's warm summers, and the fact that in recent years it has attracted an ever growing number of celebrities, entertainers and successful sports people has given it the nickname of the "Monte Carlo of Switzerland". The origin of the name is most likely the Latin word Lucus, meaning wood or sacred wood, or more likely Gaulish locovanno "lake dweller". Lugano lies at the edge of Lake Lugano (Italian: Lago di Lugano or Ceresio), which is situated between the lakes Lago Maggiore and Lago di Como. he city is located where the river Cassarate enters the lake between the Brè (925m) and the San Salvatore (912m) mountains. Lugano is the largest town in Ticino. Since its union with some surrounding municipalities (Breganzona, Cureggia, Davesco-Soragno, Gandria, Pambio-Noranco, Pazzallo, Pregassona, and Viganello) in 2004, the city has a population of 52,000, with the whole metropolitan area having a population of about 115,000. This was the second major expansion after the union in 1972 with the municipalities of Brè-Aldesago and Castagnola. The tourism-based economy provides an estimated 38,000 jobs for the area. Furthermore, the city is Switzerland's 3rd major banking center (mainly handling Italian-speaking clients), after Zurich and Geneva.
The population is Italian-speaking and mainly Roman Catholic. The Palazzo dei Congressi is the performing arts center for Lugano which one of the main halls for the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. Action of movie "The Consequences of Love" by Paolo Sorrentino takes place in one of the hotels of Lugano. We do not get to see many sights of Lugano, nevertheless we can see Lugano's beauty. The two main events of the year are the Blues to Bop Festival (end of August/early September) and the Estival Jazz (July). The city becomes a hive of activity as thousands crowd the streets for free open air concerts in the city's main piazzas. In 1956 it hosted the first eurovision song contest.
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