Lake Lugano is a glacial lake which is situated on the border between south-east Switzerland and Italy. The lake, named after the city of Lugano, is situated between Lake Como and Lago Maggiore.
It was cited for the first time by Gregory of Tours with the name Ceresio in 590 AD, a name which is said to have derived from the Latin word cerasus, meaning cherry, and refers to the abundance of cherry trees which at one time adorned the shores of the lake. The lake appears in documents in 804 under the name Laco Luanasco.
The World Heritage Site Monte San Giorgio (1,097m) is also situated south of the lake.
Another interesting fact? The Italian waters of Lake Lugano area not included in the EU VAT area.