As soon as you catch a glimpse of the Ascona lakefront, the fishing landscape and the colorful lakeside houses, which imbue the scenery with a Mediterranean character, will impress you. It is the ideal location for relaxation, taking walks and enjoying the splendid sunset on the lake. Ascona is an ancient village, rich with memories of its medieval and Renaissance history. The village’s privileged position and mild climate make it the perfect setting for the successful cultural events that take place, mainly, in the summer season. The traces left by the many artists who lived in the village are tangible in the narrow alleys that lead to piazza G. Motta on the lakefront. But not only! Its cultural tradition also leads us away from the historical center, up the Ascona hill, into the heart of nature. Monte Verità: this is the name that was given to this magical place settled by people who, in search of tranquility, created a veritable spiritual refuge. A settlement that later attracted internationally renowned revolutionaries, philosophers, writers, poets and artists. JazzAscona, one of the most renowned international jazz festivals, annually attracts thousands of fans, making it Ascona’s highlight event. Local markets, shopping, gastronomy, and street artists are great alternatives for both children and adults.
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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.
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).
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”.