Beyond the Alps begins the south: A mild climate, subtropical gardens, romantic landscapes, wild valleys, Romanesque churches and picturesque alleys that open onto busy squares.

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 heart of the city is the Piazza Grande, well-known for its annual film festival. The narrow lanes of the Old Town all lead to the Piazza. Castello Visconteo, a castle dating back to the 12th century, lies at the edge of the Old Town. About a fifth of the castle has been preserved in its original state.

The pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso is located above Locarno, in Orselina. The church is said to have been established as a result of an appearance of the Virgin Mary. It is the most notable sight in Locarno, and boasts an extraordinary view of the city, the lake and the mountains.


The Piazza Grande is Locarno’s heart, an enchanting backdrop for the International Film Festival and the “Moon and Stars” festival. Discover the lake Maggiore by boat. 


Cardada cimetta, castle of Locarno, lake Maggiore, Lido Locarno, sacred mount Madonna del Sasso, Verzasca valley, piazza grande, lake promenade Locarno


Locarno Film Festival, open air festival Moon & Stars

Sommer Aktivitäten 

Top-Events, wie das Locarno Film Festival oder das Open Air Moon and Stars finden mit spektakulärer Kulisse auf der Piazza Grande statt. Den Lago Maggiore gilt es vom Umland oder dem Schiff aus zu entdecken. 


Cardada Cimetta, Schloss von Locarno, Lago Maggiore, Lido Locarno, Wallfahrtskirche Madonna del Sasso, Verzascatal, Piazza Grande, Seepromenade Locarno


Locarno Film Festival, Open Air Moon and Stars