View to Rivabella retirement home from the lake, during summer.

Retirement home Rivabella

Located on the shores of Lake Lugano (Ticino), Rivabella is a retirement home for assisted or independent living, unlike any other nursing home.
Residents have the privilege of living in a beautiful and quiet place, located between the lake and foothills, in a wonderful corner of Switzerland.
Mantaining an active lifestyle goes a long way in helping serene aging. Following this principle, Rivabella retirement home promotes independent living as much as possible and complete freedom in organizing one's life. One the other hand, people no longer able to live independently will be assumed by our highly qualified staff for assisted living.

The facility itself is mostly made up of wood, which has proven health benefits. Since 2006 we have setup on the roof of the retirement home solar thermal and photovoltaic panels to help minimize environmental impact.

Rivabella virtual tour


Rivabella has 5 suites and over forty rooms, all equipped with television, telephone, internet, radio, safety boxes, mini-fridge, air conditioning, emergency call system, balcony or garden, natural cork flooring, accessible bathroom and shower. Guests can chose how to furnish the room, or even bring their own furniture.

First floor rooms with garden, second floor rooms with balcony

Winter Garden

The layout of the nursing home is built around the winter garden, well-lighted through the glass roof. During cold months, this is also the center of recreational and cultural activity, with a permanent art exhibition and concerts taking place.

The director Alexandre Aleman along with some guests in the winter garden


A meadow gently slopes down to the lake, while winding paths allow to fully appreciate the surrounding nature, which includes plants, flowers and even a fish pond.

The retirement home park
Private apartments next to the retirement home, at dusk

Independent living apartments

Rivabella also has several apartments available, for persons who wish to remain independent, while taking advantage of the retirement home services. Just by crossing the garden one can access medical and nursing assistance, physical therapy, sauna and fitness center, cutting edge medical treatments like TECAR and a five star restaurant – which also delivers meals to the apartments if requested.

All apartments are about 100 square meters, built for full accessibility and along the MINERGIE guidelines for low-energy-consumption buildings. The spacious living rooms offer breathtaking views of the lake at sunset.