10. Locarno, Bellinzona and Lugano

#10 Ticino




Locarno is the capital of the Locarno district, located on the northern tip of Lake Maggiore in the Swiss canton of Ticino, close to Ascona at the foot of the Alps. It has a population of about 15,000 people

Locarno boasts 2,300 hours of sunshine per year and Is home to the famous Moon and stars concerts every year hosting the biggest starts of world music.

Excellent places to visit is the Astrovia Locarno a scaled down version of the solar system, The sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso, Cardada and Cimetta and Castello Visconteo

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Covering little more than 60 kilometres, this is a region, which has everything. There is so much to discover that the only thing missing is the pyramids! Marvel at the majestic snow-capped peaks and the eternal snows of the north or follow the hiking path which wind their way up and down the thickly forested mountain-sides; soak up the sun or enjoy the shade of palm trees and dream of more exotic climes; sit by crystal clear alpine lakes or by lazy rivers winding their way across the busy valley floor.

Visitors to Bellinzona and Upper Ticino will soon discover that these cultural, historic and natural features are like the separate ingredients of a recipe, which blend to make a mouth-watering dish: mix together leisure and tradition, culture and free time, walking or hiking with gastronomy and relaxation with gastronomy and relaxation with sport and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable adventure to be sampled again at the earliest opportunity.

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Surrounded by mountains and a splendid lake, Lugano brings together all the characteristics of a metropolis of great style, despite maintaining the traits of a small city. Most particular and striking is the large pedestrian area, which contains the historic centre, full of splendid buildings

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