You can enjoy Mediterranean atmosphere on Lake Maggiore. In front of snowy peaks you see palm trees. Dolce Vita is celebrated in cities such as Ascona and Locarno. A film festival takes place here every August on the beautiful Piazza Grande. The largest city is called Lugano, located on Lake Lugano, framed by lush mountains such as Monte Generoso or San Salvatore. Bellinzona, Ticino's capital, is dominated by a mighty fortress of three very well-preserved medieval castles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ascona, Tenero, Valle Verzasca, Locarno, Vallemaggia, Gambarogno, Brissago and Ronco s/Ascona, Centovalli, Valle Onsernone
The former fishing village of Ascona is situated beside a charming, sunny bay on Lake Maggiore. With its picturesque old city Borgo with the columned basilica of San Pietro e Paolo, the lakeside promenade, the beautiful 18-hole golf course and tennis courts, elegant boutiques, the beach and many excellent restaurants, Ascona is a popular and exclusive tourist destination in Switzerland. Lake Maggiore is ideal for water sports while the natural and wild valleys in the hinterland are ideal for excursions, hiking and biking. Above Ascona is the Monte Verità, the Mountain of Truth, on which lateral thinkers at the beginning the 20th century century founded a colony, which attracted celebrities from around the world. Today the mountain is a conference facility of the Universities of Zurich and Lucerne, a museum showing the history of the alternative colony and its founders.
18-hole golf course, tennis courts, elegant boutiques, Lido di Ascona beach, excellent restaurants, surfing, sailing and other water sports, boat trips, Ticino side valleys like the Maggia Valley, Centovalli
Borgo old town, Church of San Pietro e Paolo, an art museum with paintings from Jawlensky, Werefkin and Klee, Maggia valley, hiking trails, side valley with nearly 40 mountain lakes, rich fauna and flora, Brissago Islands: 1,500 plant species, Centovalli: valley of 100 valleys with deep gorges, waterfalls, chestnut forests, picturesque villages, narrow-gauge railway, Ronco sopra Ascona, stepped road of over 800 steps leads to the lakeshore
Festival of Street Artists, JazzAscona, Music Weeks of Ascona, Hublot Polo Cup Ascona, Locarno Film Festival
Lugano is situated in a bay on the north shore of Lake Lugano, surrounded by several scenic mountains. The traffic-free historic city centre, the numerous buildings in the Lombardic style, exclusive museums, the mountains, the lake, and a calendar full of events all invite visitors to have adventures and relax. Thanks to its mild climate, Lugano is a popular tourist destination in the spring when the camellias are in bloom. The town centre with its Mediterranean-style squares and arcades, and numerous parks with sub-tropical plants such as the Parco Civico lakefront invite you to relax, do nothing, and enjoy. The high standard of the various exhibitions attracts those interested in the art and architecture city. At Museo Cantonale d'Arte, paintings exhibited include those by Klee, Jawlensky, Renoir, and Degas. Ticino and especially Lugano have become an important region for architecture in the last 50 years.
Bellinzona is the southernmost capital of Switzerland. The skyline of the capital of Ticino is defined by the powerful fortifications, comprising three of the best-preserved medieval castles in Switzerland, which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bellinzona is strategically positioned where the valley narrows on the way to the Alpine passes of St. Gotthard, San Bernardino and Lucomagno (Lukmanier). The town acts as a gateway to Italy for those travelling from the North, and the keyhole to the Alps for those coming from the South.