Review written by Sophie Couard, on March 23, 2016.
The Casino Municipale di Campione is one of the largest gambling establishments in Europe. It is located 60 km from Milan, in a town with only 2,000 inhabitants. The location is in an Italian enclave in the Ticino region of Switzerland, which is divided from Italy by Lake Lugano and mountains.
This famous resort was first opened in 1917, towards the end of the First World War, but closed only two years later; before opening its doors again in 1933. It has celebrated a huge success since then and became a cult place for all lovers of gambling and cultural events.
It must be said that this establishment offers everything needed to make the players happy and it is also very beautiful. The outer structure was designed by A. Marazzi, while the interior decoration in Belle Époque style has been designed by G. Romeo. In the 2000s, a series of renovations and extension work was carried out by Mr. Botta to create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere, combined with spectacular architecture. Amber coloured marble plates were used outside to blend in better with the 20th century style of the city.
A casino with a varied game selection
The games room is spread over several floors and extremely well equipped. There is something for every taste. To enter the casino you have to be an adult, that is to say, be at least 18 years old. You will also need to present identification.
The slot machines
There are over 750 slot machine devices available from Monday to Thursday 12 pm to 4 am, on Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 5 am, and Sundays and public holidays from 11 am to 4 am. The games are mainly developed by Novomatic and Aristocrat, and you can find them on the first and second level of the Casino Municipale di Campione. Among them are:
- traditional slot machines with 3 mechanical reels,
- modern video slot machines with 5 reels,
- games with progressive jackpots (such as the famous Mystery Jackpot),
- electronic roulette games,
- virtual horse racing games,
- video poker.
Some of the most popular games are :
- Fort Knox,
- The Rolling Stones,
- Wheel of Fortune,
- Michael Jackson King of Pop,
- Reel Money,
- Egypt Quest,
- Super Rise of Ra,
- Jurassic Park,
- Cash Spin.
The establishment also organises regular slot machines tournaments, and there is a large smoking room with 120 devices.
The table games
The complex offers two different areas for the traditional casino games.
The 2nd floor is dedicated to American games, and is open from Sunday to Thursday 2.30 pm to 3.40 am, and on Friday and Saturday also from 2.30 pm to 4.40 am. You can find the following tables:
- fair roulette,
- lucky ladies black jack,
- punto banco,
- texas poker
- russian poker,
- ultimate texas hold'em,
- caribbean stud poker.
The French games are located on the 3rd floor, and they are open from Sunday to Thursday 3pm to 3 am, and on Friday and Saturday from 3 pm to 4 am. You can find the following tables:
- trente quatre,
- chemin de fer.
There is also a nice poker room open Monday to Thursday from 9 pm to 2.45 am, Fridays from 9.30 pm to 3.15 am, Saturday from 5.30 pm to 3.15 am, and on Sundays and public holidays from 5.30 to 2.45 am. The room specialises in texas hold'em, and offers a good selection of tournaments and cash games.
Restaurants and a theatre
The Casino Municipale di Campione has no hotel to accommodate their guests, but fortunately, the tourist area has several hotels, such as the Holiday Home Casa Christa Bissone, the Bissonella and the Albergo Ristorante La Palma.
Nevertheless, the complex does not just offer a casino, guests can also enjoy different restaurants and a theatre.
The Seven Restaurant is located on the seventh floor of the establishment, and it offers a splendid view of the picturesque Lake Lugano. The restaurant can accommodate 200 guests and is open from Friday to Sunday from 7.30 pm to 00.30 am.
There are also snack bars located on the second and third floor if you are a little hungry and want to have a snack. They offer croissants, tapas, pastries, sandwiches, rolls and canapés. A large selection of hot and cold drinks, including cocktails, are available too.
There is also a beautiful theatre with the name Salone delle Feste. The theatre regularly hosts concerts, sporting events and different types of shows. It is located just above the casino and offers a magnificent view of the lake. It can accommodate up to 600 guests.
Inside an Italian enclave in Switzerland
The Casino Municipale di Campione is ideally situated at Lake Lugano in an Italian village that has the distinct feature of being landlocked in Switzerland.
The town of Como city is just 20 km away and you can enjoy the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere of the area while enjoying different activities, such as visiting restaurants, bars, nightclubs, museums and monuments, such as for example the Santa Maria Assuntade Côme which dates back to the 15th century.
You can get there:
- by car: follow the motorway A9 Milan-Como-Lugano and exit Campione D'Italia after the tunnel,
- by train: the Lugano railway station is only 15 minutes away from the establishment,
- by plane: the airport of Malpensa is 50 minutes away, the airport of Linate is 2 hours away and the airport of Agno is 20 minutes away.
In conclusion, I can say that the Casino Municipale di Campione has an attractive offer to many players. The casino offers a very diverse game selection and game tables that you can rarely find in other casinos. However, the complex does not offer a lot of additional activities. This is not really a problem for us players, because the casino is the main attraction here, but it still should be noted. Fortunately, the general architecture of the establishment and the surroundings are definitely worth a visit for any type of tourist.
Motorway A9 Milan-Como-Lugano - Exit Campione D'Italia,
20 minutes from the airport of Agno.
50 minutes from the airport of Malpensa.
2 hours from the airport of Linate.
Slot machines : Monday to Thursday 12 pm to 4 am, on Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 5 am, and Sundays and public holidays from 11 am to 4 am.
American games : Sunday to Thursday 2.30 pm to 3.40 am, and on Friday and Saturday also from 2.30 pm to 4.40 am.
French games : Sunday to Thursday 3pm to 3 am, and on Friday and Saturday from 3 pm to 4 am.