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Brissago on Lago Maggiore in the Ticino. In the background the snow-covered Cima dell'Uomo.

The Port of Ascona on Lake Maggiore in the canton of Ticino.

Gandria on the shores of Lake Lugano in Canton Ticino.

Bellinzona by night, Canton Ticino. The Montebello castle is part of the extensive fortifications and part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage.

Locarno on Lago Maggiore in the Ticino. Market scene on the Piazza Grande

Lugano in the Ticino. Sun worshippers at Piazza della Riforma in the old town centre

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Fall in love with the Mediterranean flair of Ticino


The canton of Ticino will truly surprise you with its Italian flair and the Mediterranean atmosphere. All of a sudden, you find yourself under palm trees, walking along beaches or having coffee in picturesque piazzas – not the traditional image of Switzerland. Since Ticino is located on the southern side of the Alps and borders the north of Italy, it is understandable that the impact of Italian culture and language is so strong in this part of Switzerland.


The capital of Ticino is Bellinzona. It is probably Switzerland’s most Italian city and known for its three castles which once served as the city’s fortification. They are among the most impressive examples of medieval architecture in Europe and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage. The Italian-style city of Bellinzona with its patrician houses, picturesque courtyards and beautiful churches is an ideal starting point to explore more of Ticino such as the nearby holiday regions of Locarno and Ascona.


Ascona is located on the northern side of Lago Maggiore. It has a mild climate, a picturesque Old Town and a wonderful lake promenade which is lined by lots of charming cafés. With golf courses, tennis courts, excellent hotels and restaurants and upscale boutiques for luxury shopping, the Ascona resort area offers many exclusive activities, which is why many celebrities like to come here. However, apart from luxury moments and city flair, the region also offers many opportunities for hiking and biking in the nearby valleys.

Also located on the northern side of Lago Maggiore lies Locarno, the Swiss town with the warmest climate in Switzerland. Apart from a beautiful Old Town and the pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso, Locarno’s Mediterranean ambience alone is worth a visit.


Lago Maggiore offers the most beautiful setting for water sports or taking a boat trip and enjoying Ticino’s breathtaking scenery.


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