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"Barcada" - Boat tours on Lake Ceresio with special comments

Immerse yourself in a charming and unique tour experience on the lake of Lugano and in its surroundings. Allow me to guide you on a discovery of the lake shores and with deep curiosity of local folklore... dive into alternative but authentic experience on the waters of the Ceresio.

My name is Gabriella Monfredini Rigiani; I grew up in Melide, a small and picturesque village on the shore of the lake Lugano where the close and spontaneous contact with the waters from a very young age was inspiring. I had a play-full childhood consisting of swimming and fishing in the lake. My mother showed me the firsts steps of fishing. Once I reached the age to have my own boat, I began my life on the waters of the lake exploring and gaining knowledge of my surroundings.

After my studies in tourism & hotel school, I had the pleasure of being the tour guide for the "Grande giro del lago" of the Società Navigazione Lago di Lugano. I have always identified my self with the lakeside and its special energy and I am very proud of being able to share the beautiful landscape, its fascinating nature and the interesting ethnography with you.

Typical fishing boat "Gandria 2S" with a 25 Kw engine. From 1 - 6 people. Where Lake Ceresio. The navigation and land visit locations will be decided according to weather conditions and disembarking area.

Reservation +41 79 284 33 45

Boarding from Melide (well served by public transport) or Bissone.


  • Between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm (seasonal variation). Duration: 4 hours


  • On request