Lugano is the 9th largest city of Switzerland, located in its south within the Italians speaking canton of Ticino, bordering Italy. It is the largest city in the canton of Ticino and the largest with an Italian speaking majority, outside Italy. The city lies at the edge of Lake Lugano, which is situated between the lakes “Lago Maggiore” and “Lago d i Como”, south of the Alps. The city centre is located on the western side of the lake where the Cassarate River (Cassarate) enters the lake.
The city's waterfront forms a crescent around the bay between the Brè and the San Salvatore mountains. The city got its first scheduled flight in 1980. Most of the population speaks Italian with German being second most common and Serbo-Croatian being the third. The city has a humid subtropical climate closely bordering on an oceanic climate. It is characterized by relatively mild winters and warm humid summers. It has an average of 98.1 days of rain or snow per year. The wettest month is May during which Lugano receives an average of 196 mm of rain, while the driest month of the year is February with an average of 52 mm of precipitation over 4.6 days.