Convention Centre

20 - 2000

The ideal location for congresses, shows, conferences and exhibitions

  • Excellent exposure
  • Central and accessible location
  • Free WiFi

The Convention Centre ("Palazzo dei Congressi") consists of seven modular rooms connected by spacious foyers. Room A is a large amphitheatre with fixed stage and mobile front stage, and stall, balcony and gallery seats for your audience. The Convention Centre rooms are modular: they can be used as a single space, or be divided into smaller sections for workshops and seminars. The spacious foyers provide an ideal setting for exhibitions and receptions. An internal passage connects the Convention Centre to Villa Ciani, where you can host exhibitions and conferences in addition to your main event.
The venue is also connected to Ristorante Ciani Lugano, whose spaces can host receptions and coffee-breaks. 

Palazzo dei Congressi

Credits: Eventi e congressi, Città di Lugano

The congress complex is entirely covered by WiFi and is fully air-conditioned. As one of the leading centres at both National and European level, the Convention Centre has the high quality technical equipment you may need for your event.
Lugano Convention & Exhibition provides a list of useful contacts for services that may complement your event, including furniture and decorations, audio and video technology, catering and security services and hostesses.

Palazzo dei Congressi

Credits: Eventi e congressi, Città di Lugano

The Convention Centre facts and figures

  • 300+

    Events organised in one year

  • 25+

    Congresses organised annually

  • The only

    Convention centre in Italian-speaking Switzerland

  • 100'000

    Visitors in a year

  • 63'000 square metres

    Parco Ciani surrounding the building

Explore the Convention Centre rooms

  • Ground floor
  • First floor

Discover the Convention Centre room features

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SURFACE AREA (M²) SIZE (M) CONFERENCE CAPACITY SEMINAR CAPACITY BANQUET CAPACITY STANDING
Room A 1150 1130 Room A
Room B 830 38x22 550 300 700 1000 Room B
Room C 110 18x6 100 50 80 110 Room C
Room D 26 6.5x4 25 20 20 26 Room D
Room E 108 14.5x7.5 100 75 70 100 Room E
Room G 70 10x7 90 50 R 70 Room G
Room H 36 9x4 30 28 R 36 Room H
Foyer 1353 400 1000 Foyer
  • Available
  • Not available
  • Upon request
  • Video projector
  • WiFi connection
  • Accessible
  • Sound system
  • Simultaneous translation
  • Air conditioning

Description

Although the present Convention Centre was inaugurated in 1975, its location has been for centuries the main centre for trade and entertainment in Lugano. Piazza dell'Indipendenza (formerly Piazza Castello) is in fact the ancient site of the centuries-old Lugano livestock fair founded in 1513, as well as an area where acrobats' shows and travelling theatres took place. During the nineteenth century the square surface was reduced: on one side by the construction of the Villa Ciani park and stables, on the other, by construction of Casermette, Lugano's fire station headquarters.
Thanks to the Pro Lugano association and with the support of the Municipality, in 1958 the stables and Casermette were demolished in order to build a modern and central Convention Centre. Construction works begun in 1968, and were finished by 1975. Since then, the Convention Centre has hosted conferences, lectures, shows, concerts, exhibitions.
Today, the Convention Centre is an integral part of the urban pattern, in close proximity to  financial and recreational areas, hotels and restaurants, as well as other Lugano Convention & Exhibition venues. 

Today, the Convention Centre is an integral part of the urban pattern, in close proximity to  financial and recreational areas, hotels and restaurants, as well as other Lugano Convention & Exhibition venues. 

Palazzo dei Congressi

Credits: Vincenzo Vicari 1977

How to reach the Convention Centre

The Convention Centre can be easily reached from Lugano's SBB station using the TPL bus line 2 towards Castagnola (stop Palazzo dei Congressi), in 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can use the Funicular service and walk from the city centre in 15 minutes. The Convention Centre is 500 metres away from the city centre, and can be easily reached on foot along Corso Enrico Pestalozzi and Viale Carlo Cattaneo, or by walking along the lakeside promenade towards Parco Ciani. The nearest PubliBike Bike Sharing service station to the Convention Centre is in Via Lucchini, 270 meters away. There are also parking spaces for 248 vehicles in the multi-storey underground car park in Piazza Castello.

  • Bus Line 2 (stop: Palazzo dei Congressi)
  • Funicular
  • Lakeside promenade
  • Bike Sharing (station: via Lucchini)
  • Multi-Storey Car Park in Piazza Castello

Photos

Credits: Eventi e congressi, Città di Lugano

Credits: Eventi e congressi, Città di Lugano

Credits: Eventi e congressi, Città di Lugano

Credits: Eventi e congressi, Città di Lugano

Credits: Eventi e congressi, Città di Lugano

Credits: Eventi e congressi, Città di Lugano

Credits: Eventi e congressi, Città di Lugano

Credits: Eventi e congressi, Città di Lugano

Credits: Eventi e congressi, Città di Lugano

Credits: Eventi e congressi, Città di Lugano

Credits: Eventi e congressi, Città di Lugano

Credits: Eventi e congressi, Città di Lugano

Credits: Eventi e congressi, Città di Lugano

Credits: Eventi e congressi, Città di Lugano

Virtual tour

Technical data

  • WiFi coverage

  • Air conditioning

  • Internal passage to Villa Ciani