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Ticino Highlights

Make the most of your stay in the south of Switzerland! With the opening of the Ceneri Tunnel, not only is Ticino even closer to the major cities of Switzerland, but also the train connections from Lugano to the rest of the Ticino have been shortened, making the region of Lugano the ideal place from which leave to discover the whole of Ticino.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy a day of unforgettable experiences around Ticino: from Mendrisiotto to Bellinzonese Alto Ticino, passing through Locarno and its valleys, let yourself be surprised by the beauty and richness of our varied territory, by the history and culture it preserves and by its wine and food tradition.

Get around comfortably on public transport throughout the territory and take advantage of the numerous benefits offered by the Ticino Ticket. For instance, tourists will be able to get around for free in the whole region by using public transport during their stay. The Ticino Ticket offers additional advantages such as discounts on cable cars and shipping companies as well as on a selection of the main tourist attractions. The offer is proposed to guests who stay in hotels, youth hostels and camping site only. Everyone will receive the Ticino Ticket at the arrival upon check in and it can be used until the end of the departure’s day.

Blenio

Animal Trekking

Experience the wild and romantic nature of the Blenio Valley in a special way. Sensitive, friendly and well-trained four-legged friends will accompany you at their own pace on exciting treks.

Locarno

Ascona

Ascona: the pearl of Lake Maggiore. Today it is an exclusive tourist destination, a lakeside paradise; its extraordinary history is however filled with art and culture.

Brissago

Brissago Islands

The Brissago Islands are the Canton Ticino's botanical park. The little island (Isola Piccola or St. Apollinaire) is covered with spontaneous vegetation, mostly from the Insubrica region, kept in its natural state.

Morbio Inferiore

Casa del Vino Ticino

In Morbio Inferiore, the Casa del vino Ticino is a small jewel inside the old Ghitello mill at the foot of a natural park of extraordinary beauty, where you can experience the emotion of discovering a territory through its wines.

Locarno

Centovallina

Sit back and relax as you discover a region packed with surprises on this slow journey. A 52-km route spanning 2 countries, 83 bridges and 31 galleries in just under two hours. Climbing aboard our trains means enjoying a unique experience, coming into contact with a diverse landscape that features a succession of deep gorges, wild mountains, rivers and waterfalls.

Capolago

Cogwheel railway Monte Generoso

For over 130 years, the cogwheel railway has been running along a 9 km stretch of the picturesque mountain scenery of the Monte Generoso Natural Park, from Capolago on Lake Lugano to the peak at an altitude of 1704 m. Enjoy some spectacular views! Monte Generoso is the main panoramic summit in Ticino and is one of the most fascinating areas of Switzerland.

Meride

Fossil Museum of the Monte San Giorgio

Remodeled and expanded by the Ticinese architect Mario Botta, the Fossil Museum in Meride exhibits a selection of fossilized animals and plants from the unique UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monte San Giorgio.

Locarno

Locarno Film Festival

Locarno Film Festival is the most significant cinematographic event in Switzerland and among the most important in Europe. Numerous are the movies presented in four different sections: Concorso internazionale, Concorso Cineasti del presente and the sections Pardi di domani (national and international).

Morbio Inferiore

Park of the Breggia Gorges

Take a real journey back in time with a trip to the Parco delle Gole della Breggia. The natural landscape is exceptionally interesting, especially for its geological and paleontological patrimony: the rocks that appear on the surface are hundreds of millions of years old.

Biasca

Santa Petronilla Waterfall

High over Biasca on an Alp you will find the source of the Ri della Froda. This small and seemingly insignificant stream flows over a stony landscape shaped by the water over centuries, before becoming on of the largest waterfall in Ticino: Santa Petronilla.

Bellinzona

The Castles of Bellinzona

Discover Bellinzona’s three medieval castles, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbaro will allow you to journey back into the past, to a time when dukes and confederates fought in shining armour.

Bellinzona

The Market of Bellinzona

The Saturday market is an unmissable appointment, a popular event that has carved out a space for itself in the habits of local people and not only. In the old town of Bellinzona, colourful stalls offer visitors the best local products.

Airolo

The Tremola Road

The Tremola is the longest road monument in Switzerland. It snakes up as a light-coloured ribbon from Airolo to the Gotthardpass. Enjoy impressive views of the road on the mule track from the pass into the Upper Leventina.

Tremona

Tremona Archaeological Park

Imagine a medieval village teeming with life. Walking through its streets, it’s almost as if you can hear the noise of the blacksmith’s workshop. Rent a pair of 3D glasses to watch with your own eyes the reconstructed medieval village and experience the thrill of an augmented reality experience. You will see things you’ll never forget!

Locarno

Valle Verzasca – the Ticino’s green heart

Idyllically nestled in an imposing mountainscape, the Valle Verzasca (Verzasca valley) is ideal for hiking, mountain biking and relaxing in nature. Forming the heart of the valley is the emerald-green Verzasca river with its polished gorges and deep pools made for summer bathing. Not for nothing are some of the bathing places here called the “Maldives of Switzerland”.