Just a few kilometres from Lugano the Italian speaking part of Switzerland, perched on a lovely hill overlooking Lake Lugano is the beautiful 13th century church of Santa Maria del Sasso. Part of the Inventory of Swiss heritage Sites, the village of Morcote is one of the must see attraction when visiting the area. It can be nice day trip from Lugano and with good sunny weather, a boat trip is the best way to get there. Walk the cobbled alleyways of the charming village of Morcote and follow the steps leading to the church. There is a nice panoramic view from the upper terrace where you can walk through the 18th century cemetery home to some beautiful carved mausoleums and neo-gothic sculptures.
The interior of the church is a marvelous piece of architecture which dates back to probably the 13th/14th centuries. A particularity of this small parish church is perhaps the wall paintings dating back to the Renaissance era. Visitors would probably come and go but it is certainly worth the visit if it is only to stay a little longer and admire the renaissance frescoes decorating the walls and arches.
The impressive renaissance and baroque frescoes of Morcote.
These historic wall paintings depicting biblical stories are probably one the finest in the region.
More wall paintings can be seen decorating the interior and exterior walls of the church.
And a series of frescoes decorating the octagonal domed ceiling of the small 17th century chapel next to the church, dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua.