Ticino, Switzerland

Sunny Southern Switzerland
Ascona-Locarno-Lugano

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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. 

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Where to Stay

01 Ascona

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...

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Locano TH

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. 

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Things To Do

Ascona

  • Day trips on Lake Maggiore to the Brissago islands and botanical gardens
  • ‘Jazz Ascona’ music festival (26 June - 4 July)
  • Ascona polo cup (17 -19 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

Locarno

  • 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 (9-19 July)
  • Locarno Film Festival (5-15 Aug)
  • Folk festivals throughout the summer
  • Picturesque old town with Medieval castle and archaeological museum

Activity Information

Don’t miss these recommended trips.....

  • Locarno/Ascona* £4 (bus)/£14 (boat)
    Return fares by bus (approx. 10 minutes) or boat (approx. 20 minutes) between these resorts.
  • Guided coach excursion to Milan* £60 full day
    Get the most of your visit to this beautiful, historical Italian city on this guided coach excursion. Visit the ‘il Duomo’ cathedral, ‘La Scala’ theatre, the Sforza castle and the famous shopping area ‘La Galleria’.

From Locarno/Ascona

  • Centovalli train excursion to Stresa* £34, dailyAn unforgettable journey on the ‘Lake Maggiore Express’ across the ‘100 valleys’ to Stresa and the Borromean Islands.
  • Brissago Islands* £30 (Locarno), £20 (Ascona), dailyReturn boat ticket to the island, including entrance fee.
  • Lugano £10, daily (1/2 hour by rail from Locarno).

Many more options are available locally through your Representative.

* Book locally – price for guidance only. Prices shown include travel card discount.

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