Sunny Southern Switzerland

Although Ticino was annexed from the Dukes of Milan by the Swiss Confederation as long ago as the 15th century, over 500 years later this most southerly of the Swiss cantons still has a strong Latin flavour to it - Italian culture and language intermingles with Swiss quality and efficiency, making it a fascinating location for a holiday in Switzerland.

Situated in the foothills of the Swiss Alps, and on the border with Italy, the region of Ticino enjoys a wonderfully warm climate and offers guests all the efficiency of Switzerland but with an added 'Italian-style' flair. The area is dominated by Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano, both of which extend into present day Italy, and some marvellous mountains such as the UNESCO World Heritage site of Monte San Giorgo. The dramatic scenery is not just natural but also man-made – for instance, the 220m high hydro-electric Contra Dam near Locarno where the dramatic opening sequence in the James Bond film ‘Goldeneye’ was filmed. From Locarno you can also visit beautiful Ascona 10 minutes by bus or 20 minutes by boat.

The area enjoys a sunny climate and is rich in history and culture. The Castles of Bellinzona are another UNESCO World Heritage site, there is plenty of classic architecture, and you’ll find quite a few museums and markets, and even a music festival or two on your holiday in Ticino. The region is also a paradise for garden lovers with exotic, colourful flora and several botanical gardens in close proximity. Guests can relax in the sun on a lake cruise, enjoy a delicious 'panini unch or cappucino on one of the 'Piazzas' or cool off in the outdoor pool at one of our hotels.

Get a feel for Ticino, watch our resort video here to experience more.

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Ascona, Lake view

Known as the ‘Pearl of Lake Maggiore’, this quaint lakeside town is situated in a sunny bay near the delta of the Maggia River and has a special charm. The lakeside promenade enjoys a wonderful panorama of Lake Maggiore and towards the Brissago islands...

Locarno, Mountain view

Dominated by the Madonna del Sasso church, which is reached by funicular from the town centre, Locarno has a lovely lakeside promenade, where colourful flora flourishes in the warm climate, and a medieval old town full of little shops and cafés.


  • Day trips on Lake Maggiore to the Brissago islands and botanical gardens
  • ‘Jazz Ascona’ music festival (approx 20-29 June)
  • Ascona polo cup (approx 12-14 July)
  • Weekly markets
  • Basilica of San Pietro e Paolo in Borgo old town with art museum
  • ‘Artisti di Strada’ art festival
  • Walking in the nearby Maggia Valley and the Valley Verzasca
  • Public lido and 18-hole golf courses


  • Madonna del Sasso church, with fantastic views over the town, lakes and mountains
  • ‘Lido Locarno’ public lido with swimming and thermal pools
  • Weekly market on the Piazza Grand
  • ‘Moons and Stars’ music festival (approx 9-19 July)
  • Locarno Film Festival (approx 7-17 Aug)
  • Folk festivals throughout the summer
  • Picturesque old town with Medieval castle and archaeological museum

Walking in Ticino 192-1,340 metres (Cardada)

From Lugano

Lugano is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll along the lakeside or in the cobbled streets of the old town. More energetic walkers can take one of several funiculars up to the hills to follow the challenging walking trails through the colourful landscape. Monte Bré is accessible by funicular and offers a variety of well-marked trails from gentle walks to more difficult trails up to the peaks.

From Locarno/Ascona

There are many scenic walks in and around Locarno and Ascona which are a pleasant one-hour lakeside stroll apart. The Cardada, reached by funicular and cable-car from Locarno centre also offers varied mountain short walks and more challenging hikes, all with breathtaking views of Lake Maggiore, or head into the hills and the Verzasca Valley for typical Ticino scenery. For flower lovers, a visit to the Brissago islands is a must. The climate allows over 1,500 species of plants to flourish here, many of which are unique to Switzerland.

Exploring the Swiss Transport Network

Switzerland’s excellent public transport network of mountain railways, cable-cars, boats and buses makes it a pleasure to explore the sights independently, at your own pace. Some of the excursions below cross the border into Italy.

Discount Travel Card worth £100, included for all Inghams guests

Save 50% with your discount card on unlimited trips of your choice across the Swiss transport network.

Travel card sent to you before departure. Tickets can be pre-booked or many more available locally. NB. Half-fare card is not valid on Lake Maggiore


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