Herman Hesse Museum (4, June 2014)
The Hermann Hesse Museum was established in the rooms of the “Torre Camuzzi” in 1997. The Museum is located in the centre of Montagnola, in the Comune of Collina d’Oro, about 10 minutes by car from Lugano. This ancient tower is part of the picturesque Casa Camuzzi where Hermann Hesse lived between 1919 and 1931. From his apartment, he had a marvelous view overlooking the Lake of Lugano. The scenery of the Collina d’Oro mountain ridge, upon which the village of Montagnola lies, completely captivated the poet.
It was here that he found peace and seclusion, a southern climate and the beauty of nature, which he, as man and poet, so much needed. Montagnola not only inspired some of Hesse’s most famous books (such as Siddhartha, Narcissus and Goldmund, and The Glass Bead Game); the colorful beauty of the Ticino landscape fascinated Hesse so much that he turned to painting. During innumerable excursions in the surrounding countryside, Hesse captured the Collina d’Oro landscape in thousands of watercolour paintings.
A permanent exhibition brings back to life Hesse’s 40 years in Montagnola. The many personal belongings, photos, books and watercolor paintings show not only the writer, but also Hesse as a private person. The focus on certain themes, such as India or the writing of The Glass Bead Game, provides the opportunity to follow the writer’s creative process. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the Hermann Hesse Museum in Montagnola offers a variety of activities. Temporary exhibitions, lectures, concerts, films, walking tours, and weekly readings in two languages make the Museum a lively meeting point for visitors from all over the world.
Please note: This excursion will be organized for a minimum of 20 participants. Participants should sign up during the Conference Registration Procedure. Before the conference, a detailed programme will be sent to all the participants.
Private lake cruise and visit of Gandria and Morcote (7, June 2014)
Meeting with the English speaking guide and the group for starting this beautiful private cruise of Lugano Lake. The tour is including a guided tour of Gandria and Morcote, two typical and charming fisher villages of Ticino Region and visit the church Santa Maria del Sasso.
Day: Saturday, June 7th 2014
Schedule: 15:00 – 18:00
Boarding: Rivetta Tell
15:00 – 15:45: guided lake cruise
15:45 – 17:30: Visit Gandria & Morcote
17:30 – 18:00: Aperitif on board while returning to Lugano
Please note: This excursion will be organized for a minimum of 15 participants. This excursion will be subjected the weather conditions. Participants should sign up during the Conference Registration Procedure.