Villa Ciani

10 - 400

The ideal location for conferences, receptions and weddings

  • Historical building in the city centre
  • Frescoed rooms with lakeview
  • Free WiFi

Villa Ciani is a three-storey neoclassical-Palladian building, with an octagonal belvedere and a cylindrical tower on the ridge of the roof. Built between 1840 and 1843, Villa Ciani is immersed in a vast park of 63'000 square meters on the shores of Lake Lugano, with numerous tall trees and fine decorative furnishings. 
Villa Ciani is spread over three floors measuring from 385 to 500 square metres, all accessible by lift and including 30 rooms of various sizes. The Villa is also connected to the main foyer of the Convention Centre thanks to an internal passage. All rooms are air-conditioned and covered by WiFi network. Frescoed rooms adorn the first two floors, while the first floor preserves the original wooden floor. At Villa Ciani it is possible to celebrate your civil wedding in the magnificent Sala degli Specchi.
Rooms and floors of Villa Ciani can be rented per day. 
Lugano Convention & Exhibition provides a list of useful contacts for services that may complement your event, including catering, furnishing, decoration and technical equipment.
 

The Hall of Mirrors

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Sala degli Specchi

Sala degli Specchi (literally, "Hall of Mirrors") is the largest and most prestigious room of Villa Ciani. The room has access to the park through a terrace with stone staircase. 
Sala degli Specchi is the preferred location for institutional meetings in Lugano, such as conferences and presentations. 
Sala degli Specchi is also the room where you can celebrate your civil wedding, with adjoining rooms available for the reception.

Villa Ciani facts and figures

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Parco Ciani

Villa Ciani is surrounded by the largest and most popular green area of the city, Parco Ciani. Since 1912 both the Villa and the Park belong to the City of Lugano. A stone's throw from the city centre and overlooking the lake, the Park offers visitors a magnificent view of the Gulf of Lugano. Former private park of the Ciani family, the  63'000 square metres area preserves the English garden style of the late 1800s: gentle paths branch off among flowerbeds, lawns, numerous Mediterranean, exotic and rare species (roses, azaleas, magnolias, camellias, palms), ancient trees, exotic shrubs and tall-stemmed plants. Parco Ciani is characterised by fine decorative furnishings, including statues and fountains; of particular note is the charming gate on the lake opposite the Villa, and a copy of the statue "Desolation" by Vincenzo Vela, commissioned by the Ciani brothers. The Park also houses an English cottage-style dock, in addition to the Cantonal Library, the Cantonal Natural History Museum, the Garden of the Righteous, and, towards the mouth of the Cassarate river, a children's play area.

Parco Ciani

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Villa Ciani facts and figures

  • 30 rooms

    Available on three floors

  • 400

    Maximum capacity

  • 1843

    Year of construction

Explore Villa Ciani's floors

  • Ground floor
  • First floor
  • Second floor
  • Main entrance Access to Palazzo dei Congressi Suppliers entrance Parco Ciani - Corso Elvezia Parco Ciani Lake - Parco Ciani 019 003 001 013 014 011 009 005 - Sala degli Specchi 007 015 017
  • Parco Ciani - Corso Elvezia Parco Ciani Lake - Parco Ciani 113 111 109 107 105 112 115 117 119 101 114 106 103
  • Parco Ciani - Corso Elvezia Parco Ciani Lake - Parco Ciani 215 213 211 209 207 214 205 203 217 219

Discover the features Villa Ciani's three floors

SURFACE AREA (M²) SIZE (M) CONFERENCE CAPACITY SEMINAR CAPACITY BANQUET CAPACITY STANDING
Ground floor of Villa Ciani 500 R R 200 200 Ground floor of Villa Ciani
Sala degli Specchi 78 7.60x10.20 70 R R 70 Sala degli Specchi
First floor of Villa Ciani 440 R R 100 100 First floor of Villa Ciani
Second floor of Villa Ciani 385 80 R 100 100 Second floor of Villa Ciani
  • Available
  • Not available
  • Upon request
  • Video projector
  • WiFi connection
  • Accessible
  • Sound system
  • Simultaneous translation
  • Air conditioning

Villa Ciani is a former private residence built between 1840 and 1843 at the request of brothers Giacomo and Filippo Ciani. Members of a Ticino family based in Milan at least since the eighteenth century, the Ciani brothers moved in exile first to France, then to England, before settling in Lugano in 1830. For their private residence they chose to buy the land where once stood the Dukes of Milan castle during the Sforza era. 
Based on a design by architect Luigi Clerichetti, the Villa Ciani complex was finished in 1843. The Villa was acquired by the City in 1912 and since 1915 was the seat of the Historical Museum and Civic Museum of Fine Arts. Of that period it still retainsa selection of paintings and sculptures from the Collection of the City of Lugano. Today Villa Ciani represents a unique civic heritage, witnessing Ticino's artistic history thanks to its elegant frescoed rooms and its permanent collection, including the original sculpture "Desolation" by Vincenzo Vela.

The Villa was acquired by the City in 1912 and since 1915 was the seat of the Historical Museum and Civic Museum of Fine Arts. Of that period it still retainsa selection of paintings and sculptures from the Collection of the City of Lugano. Today Villa Ciani represents a unique civic heritage, witnessing Ticino's artistic history thanks to its elegant frescoed rooms and its permanent collection, including the original sculpture "Desolation" by Vincenzo Vela.

Villa Ciani

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How to reach Villa Ciani

Villa Ciani 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.
Villa Ciani is 500 metres away from the town centre, and can be easily reached on foot walking along the lakeside promenade towards Parco Ciani.
The nearest PubliBike Bike Sharing service station to Villa Ciani is in via Lucchini, 260 meters away.
There are also parking spaces for 248 vehicles in the car park in Piazza Castello.

  • Bus Line 2 (Palazzo dei Congressi stop)
  • Funicular
  • Lakeside promenade
  • Bike Sharing (station: via Lucchini)
  • Piazza Castello multi-storey car park

Photos

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Virtual Tour

Technical data

  • Wheelchair and pushchair accessibility

  • WiFi coverage

  • Air conditioning system