Lugano is in the Swiss Canton of Ticino. The official language is Italian. Due to its international character, many people will speak English, German, French or Spanish, too. The city is situated at Lake Lugano on the Southern slopes of the Alps and has a mild Mediterranean climate.
The second half of the Travelling to Lugano page talks about travelling in Lugano and environment, about bringing the right currency, and etc.
Lugano is a holiday destination (not least, it is where the Swiss like to take their holidays :-) and August is high season. The conference hotel rates we have negotiated (see the Accommodation page) can only be held till the end of June, so whether you plan to use those hotels or find your own (there are many others), do not delay in doing so.