The Sottoceneri (under the Ceneri) is that part of the Swiss canton of Ticino that lies to the south of the Monte Ceneri Pass through the Lugano Prealps. It includes the Swiss shore of Lake Lugano, and the cities and towns of Lugano, Mendrisio and Chiasso.
The Sottoceneri is not a political or administrative region with formally defined boundaries, but roughly maps to the districts of Lugano and Mendrisio. The remainder of the canton is described as the Sopraceneri (above the Ceneri), and includes the valley of the Ticino river and the towns of Bellinzona, Biasca, Riviera and Locarno.
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