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Since my company will soon be allowing a "full-remote" option (only within CH though) for their IT staff, the idea of moving to Lugano seems very appealing (mother tongue Italian here).

We've been a couple of times in Ticino for holiday, and for me, it is really the perfect balance between german-speaking Switzerland and Italy. Sure, we were there only for a couple of weeks each time, but I really liked it.

What kind of pushes me back is thinking that maybe, at one point, my daughter may have to move back to the german speaking part due to work or study.

I'd love to hear the opinion of people living there who have also lived in german-speaking CH. Are there any major differences when it comes to services, education, people's mentality, etc?

Grazie
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Old 02.09.2020, 22:00
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Everything is better in Ticino, especially the language, the people, the climate, and the food.

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*bar one person of course. And not you, Tom....
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What do you mean?
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Old 03.09.2020, 11:43
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I'm pretty sure I know who he means.

Not someone on EF.

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Since my company will soon be allowing a "full-remote" option (only within CH though) for their IT staff, the idea of moving to Lugano seems very appealing (mother tongue Italian here).

We've been a couple of times in Ticino for holiday, and for me, it is really the perfect balance between german-speaking Switzerland and Italy. Sure, we were there only for a couple of weeks each time, but I really liked it.

What kind of pushes me back is thinking that maybe, at one point, my daughter may have to move back to the german speaking part due to work or study.

I'd love to hear the opinion of people living there who have also lived in german-speaking CH. Are there any major differences when it comes to services, education, people's mentality, etc?

Grazie
I know it's unrelated, but what is your company, if I may ask?
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Re: Lugano

I might be following in a few years, if it was not for the children I would be going now. Even though I am ten minutes walk from the office it looks like they want me to work for at least the next 6/12 months from home

Question to those living in Lugano, how do you find transport links to the rest of Europe?

Have the train which can link to Milan & of course Geneva, there is a small airport there but seems to be just private charter.

For me the tax (not looked it up) cannot be worse than Geneva I am sure
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Question to those living in Lugano, how do you find transport links to the rest of Europe?
Car or bike, mostly.

Used to fly also, but they closed the airport (for commercial flights) a year ago.

Train on rare occasions.

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Malpensa is well-connected and less than an hour away. Free motorcycle parking and reasonable car pricing for parking. It's a dump of an airport but is (or was) an easyJet hub.
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Used to fly also, but they closed the airport (for commercial flights) a year ago.
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Was that due to lack of demand do you know or some other reason?
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Question to those living in Lugano, how do you find transport links to the rest of Europe?

Have the train which can link to Milan & of course Geneva, there is a small airport there but seems to be just private charter.
Unfortunately, the airport has been closed to commercial flights since last year, which for me has been a real disadvantage. Lugano-Zurich can be booked as a FlugZug on Swiss, but it's not the same as having an airport close by. When I first moved down here, there were several flights a day to Geneva as well as Zurich. Malpensa is almost impossible to get to by public transport - the direct buses were stopped at the beginning of the year and the train takes forever and is subject to Italian delays.
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they closed the airport (for commercial flights) a year ago.
Did they really? When I flew ~3 years ago from ZRH, the flight was operated by Austrian on behalf of Swiss, then Adria took over till their bankruptcy last year. Isn't that the reason?
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Was that due to lack of demand do you know or some other reason?
The airline (Adria) doing the Lugano-Zurich route went bust and Swiss/Lufthansa declined to provide an alternative. Before that, there had been various plans with other airlines and almost an agreement with the now-defunct SkyWorks.
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I might be following in a few years, if it was not for the children I would be going now. Even though I am ten minutes walk from the office it looks like they want me to work for at least the next 6/12 months from home

Question to those living in Lugano, how do you find transport links to the rest of Europe?

Have the train which can link to Milan & of course Geneva, there is a small airport there but seems to be just private charter.

For me the tax (not looked it up) cannot be worse than Geneva I am sure

Going from Lugano to Zürich would take 2:39 before the Gotthard Base Tunnel, and going from Lugano to Geneva would take >5 hours. Flying from Lugano to Geneva and from Geneva to Lugano was great - not even 45 minutes.
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Unfortunately, the airport has been closed to commercial flights since last year, which for me has been a real disadvantage. Lugano-Zurich can be booked as a FlugZug on Swiss, but it's not the same as having an airport close by. When I first moved down here, there were several flights a day to Geneva as well as Zurich. Malpensa is almost impossible to get to by public transport - the direct buses were stopped at the beginning of the year and the train takes forever and is subject to Italian delays.

Agreed, on getting to/from Malpensa.
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Unfortunately, the airport has been closed to commercial flights since last year, which for me has been a real disadvantage. Lugano-Zurich can be booked as a FlugZug on Swiss, but it's not the same as having an airport close by. When I first moved down here, there were several flights a day to Geneva as well as Zurich. Malpensa is almost impossible to get to by public transport - the direct buses were stopped at the beginning of the year and the train takes forever and is subject to Italian delays.
Seems a real shame as it appears there was demand but most probably not profitable at the prices they were charging.

How big were the aircraft they operated?

Guessing the twin turbo props, ATR or similar ...

Checked on SBB and it is around 5 hours by train and then you have to change at least once.
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Seems a real shame as it appears there was demand but most probably not profitable at the prices they were charging.

How big were the aircraft they operated?

Guessing the twin turbo props, ATR or similar ...

Checked on SBB and it is around 5 hours by train and then you have to change at least once.
Yes, twin turboprops. I used the airport usually to go to London via Zurich and the cost was often not much more than the route from Zurich to London - so probably not profitable, but extremely convenient. The FlugZug is about the same price, but very inconvenient.

Darwin used to do the Lugano-Geneva route under the Etihad Regional name, until Etihad sold its stake in Darwin to Adria. As you say, it's a very tedious journey by train...
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Since my company will soon be allowing a "full-remote" option (only within CH though) for their IT staff, the idea of moving to Lugano seems very appealing (mother tongue Italian here).

We've been a couple of times in Ticino for holiday, and for me, it is really the perfect balance between german-speaking Switzerland and Italy. Sure, we were there only for a couple of weeks each time, but I really liked it.

What kind of pushes me back is thinking that maybe, at one point, my daughter may have to move back to the german speaking part due to work or study.

I'd love to hear the opinion of people living there who have also lived in german-speaking CH. Are there any major differences when it comes to services, education, people's mentality, etc?

Grazie
Recently relocated to the Tessin after many years of living in the German speaking part of Switzerland. Still getting settled but....overall I have to say people are friendlier. Seem much quicker to be on first name terms.

As for your daughter having to move to the German speaking area for work or school, there are definitely some good train connections from Lugano, for example.

We can shop in Italy where some stores are open late and on Sunday too.
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I might be following in a few years, if it was not for the children I would be going now. Even though I am ten minutes walk from the office it looks like they want me to work for at least the next 6/12 months from home

Question to those living in Lugano, how do you find transport links to the rest of Europe?

Have the train which can link to Milan & of course Geneva, there is a small airport there but seems to be just private charter.

For me the tax (not looked it up) cannot be worse than Geneva I am sure
The airport in nearby Agno has essentially closed to commercial traffic since it's main airline left. Lugano is well served by links to the rest of Switzerland and to Milan. Milan is Italy's EasyJet main airport, so you can get to a lot of places fairly cheaply and reliably. Locally, the bus systems work well.

Lugano is a great place to live. As Tom mentioned, lower stress, friendlier people, laid back mostly, and great climate and food. The highest end health care is a train ride away in Zurich and Bern; local care is competent.

Lugano is a few kilometres from the northern Italian border. My wife and I do some grocery shopping across the border. There is a fair amount of outdoor activities, whether lake related or hiking in the local pre-Alps.

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Milan is Italy's EasyJet main airport, so you can get to a lot of places fairly cheaply and reliably. -Dr. M.
Malpensa (terminal 2) is the easyJet terminal, but as mentioned not easy to get to by public transport. Linate is Milan's other airport south of the city.
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