184 Route 27. MORCÓTE.
As we leave Lugano, we enjoy a flne retrospect of the town and
Mte. Bré. The steamer rounds the promontory of San Martino, the
E. spur of Monte San Salvatore, and calis at Campione, an Italian
enclave in Swiss territory. This village was the home of the Lom¬
bard sculptors of the 13-14th cent, known as the 'Campionesi'. The
church of the Madonna dell' Annunziata contains some 14th cent.
frescoes of the Lombard school (Life of John the Baptist). To the
left rise the steep flanks of Mte. Generoso (p. 16). The boat now
passes, with lowered íunnel, through an arch of the viaduct men¬
tioned at p. 15, and touches at Melide (p. 15) on the W. and some¬
times at Bissone on the B. bank.
At this point a fine view is obtained to the left of the S.E.
arm of the lake (Lake of Capolago, see p. 15), which the Mte. San
Giorgio (3590 ft.) separates from the S.W. arm. The steamer enters
the latter (to the left, Brusin Arsizio) and stops at Morcóte (Pens.
Villa Maria, Germán; Hótel-Restaurant Morcóte, Italian; Hót. Inter¬
national: Ristorante Arbostora, with pens. 5 fr.), a small town with
arcaded houses, picturesquely situated on the vine-clad Monte Ar¬
bostora (2710 ft.) and commanded by the high-lying church of
Madonna del Sasso and a ruined castle. The church of the adjacent
(N.E.) village of Vico Morcóte contains interesting sculptures.
The steamer now plies obliquely across the lake to the small hay
of Porto Ceresio (Alb. Ceresio, plain), situated on Italian soil (electr.
railway to Várese and Milán, see R. 28). To the S. opens the Val
Brivio, with Mte. Üseria (p. 187). The steamer turas to the N. and
reaches the W. part of the lake. To the left, in Italy, lies Brusim-
piano (Alb. Parini), where Mte. San Salvatore again comes into
sight to the N.E. The boat passes to the left of the Lake of Agno
(see below), the background of which is formed by Mte. Bigorio,
Mte. Tamaro, and other summits, and steers through the Stretto di
Lavena, a narrow channel leading into the westernmost bay of the
lake, which is almost completely enclosed by mountains. To the
left, is the village of Lavena; to the right, the sheer Monte Sassalto
(1740 ft.), formerly an island. At the W. end of the bay is —
Ponte Tresa, consisting of two villages, the larger of which is
Swiss and the smaller Italian, divided by the river Tresa, which
issues from the lake here. The railway-station and steamboat
quay are on the Italian side. Italian custom-house examination.
On the Swiss side is the Albergo Crivelli (R. from 1 fr.).
The Road from Lugano to Ponte Tresa (6 M ; motor-omnibus, see
p. 11) paases Sorengo (comp. p. 12) beyond the Restaurant du Jardín,
descends past the small Lake of Muzzano, and traverses the broad valley
of the Agno (p. 8) to the small town of Agno (970 ft.; Ristor. Boffa), whicb
lies on the arm of the Lake of Lugano named after it (see above). Farther
on we pass Magliaso and the Magliasina, traverso tbe Swiss part of Ponte
Tresa, cross the bridge to the left, and reach the railway-station
From Ponte Tresa to Ghirla (Várese), see p. 187.
The Light Railway from Ponte Tresa to Luino descends
along the left bank of the rapid and clear Tresa, which here forms