Five things you must do...
if you’re not watching a film

 

The region of Ascona Locarno makes for a huge natural and cultural playground, offering some unforgettable experiences that you, and your family, will cherish forever. Here are just five of our favourite things to do while you’re not watching a film. To discover more atractions please visit www.ascona-locarno.ch

1. The Isole di Brissago

They are easily accessible by boat and transform natural scenery into something beautiful. Thanks to their view, attractions and botanical garden, the Brissago islands are the two jewels which emerge from Lago Maggiore. 

Le Isole di Brissago are the Canton Ticino’s botanical park.

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In the garden, around 1'700 plant species are cultivated. They originate in regions of Mediterranean climate (the Mediterranean Basin, Chile, South Africa, Southwest Australia and California) and of humid subtropical climate (in particular from Asia, but also from North and South America and Oceania).

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The Isole di Brissago Hotel is located on the wonderful Brissago Islands in Lake Maggiore and it is surrounded by a lush garden. It was established in the historical palace that was built in the 1920s by the Baron Max Emden.

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2. The “Grotto” and its typical dishes

Eating at the shadow of tradition is an unforgettable experience. For the genuineness of the local kitchen’s typical dishes, but also for the beauty and the conviviality guaranteed by the only places where it is possible to do it: the “grotti”.

A typical “grotto”, the perfect place to chill out.

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Food and good wine from the region.

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3. The Madonna del Sasso and its view

A pilgrimage site and place of reflection since centuries, the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso is the most important one in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Thanks to its courtyard and frescos, it represents an architectural patrimony with an incomparable view.

The magnificent view from the Santuario della Madonna del Sasso, only a few minutes from the Piazza Grande.

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From the center of Locarno you reach the beginning of the old access road. From here the crossway starts, a path surrounded by a charming natural scenery, rich in artistic and picturesque chapels that climbs up to the top of the rock outcrop where you can find the beautiful Sanctuary; recently restored.

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A secret known only by a few. The library of the Santuario with circa 14’000 books (from 1400 to 1900).

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The Madonna del Sasso is also reachable by cable car.

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4. A water paradise

Lake, swimming pools or the valley rivers. There is an embarrassing wealth of options, in a region where the places where having a bath are so many. The opportunity to dive in very different ways, according to your taste. 

Fun, relaxation, nature and water. Lots of water.

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The Lido Locarno, a complete water experience.

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Esplora the many rivers in our valleys: Valle Verzasca, Vallemaggia, Val Onsernone and the Centovalli.

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5. Art cubed

From pop art to Arte Informale, from abstract art to New Dada. Set up in a modern, red cube-shaped building, the Ghisla Art Collection is an invitation to join a great collection of contemporary art masterpieces.

Only a few steps from Piazza Grande a little jewell: the modern art collection Ghisla Art Foundation.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fernando Botero, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, Manolo Miralles, James Rosenquist and Frank Stella, only a few artists represented in Ghisla Art Foundation.

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