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Ticino Region

Lugano Lake Shore at EveningThe Italian speaking region of Switzerland, historically separated by the Pennine Alps and the Gotthard and Novena Passes from the rest of the Swiss, but kept from being part of Italy by the great wall fortresses of Bellinzona and Locarno, and surrounding the northern ends of Lago Maggiore and Lake Como. Ticino in its architectural style and social life seems quite Italian in its flair, but with the order of the Swiss. More Mediterranian than Alpine. Palm trees line the lake sides as sun bathes the south facing mountain slopes as they drop to the lakes. The towns surround central Renaissance piazzas and monastic churches hidden down narrow lanes and alleys. The region is compact and can be traversed in an hour, from Logano to Bellenzona and Locarno. Poets and artists have long been attracted to the romatic landscapes, making the Lake Como shore resort of Ascona an artists enclave and popular lake shore resort. The Locarno Film Festival in August draws thousands to screenings in the central piazza, while Jazz fills the air in June in Ascoona.

Locarno Lago Maggiore ViewTicino is the southern destination of the Wilhelm Tell Express and the Palm Express scenic routes. Take funiculars to the hilltops in Logano for lake views and to the Madonna del Sasso of Logano, explore the three castles of Bellinzona. In Ticino enjoy the Dolce Vida of Italy, while never leaving the convenience of a Swiss travel pass. Mountain biking tours can start in ice and snow with mountain peaks reaching above balmy forests where spiny chestnuts fall to earth in autumn, and end with a luncheon along Camelia draped the lakeshore prominades of Ascona. Stroll in sub-tropical horticultural parks or seek the thrills of whitewater rafting. Enjoy sailing on the lakes or board the hydrofoil for one of the fastest ferry rides in the world. In winter, sip steaming espresso on the piazza in the mild winters, or ski dowwnhill with breathtaking views of the deep blue lake waters surrounded by winter‘s white coat all just a cable tram ride away.

Wilhelm Tell Express Tour
Swiss Mountain Peaks Tour

Ticino Tourism



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