About Ascona-Locarno



Nestled in a suggestive sunny bay, the village of Ascona is considered the “Pearl of Lake Maggiore” and one of the most refined and elegant resorts in Switzerland. Five-star hotels, classy restaurants and the 18-hole golf course, embedded in magnificent surroundings, stand for exclusive holidays. You will be fascinated by the old part of town with an intertwined network of alleys, squares and cobblestone streets which lead to the Piazza, the promenade along the lake, which hosts a series of events, markets and festivals, the most world-famous being the New Orleans Jazz Festival.



Brissago is a small village close to the Italian border perched between the shores of Lake Maggiore and the steep mountains rising behind the village centre. There are several characteristic hamlets, scattered along the mountainsides, from where you enjoy a breathtaking 180° view. The name Brissago is also often connected with two structures of major importance: first, the islands, of which one hosts the cantonal botanic garden and secondly the Tobacco Factory, renowned for the production of high quality cigars. Ronco s/Ascona is a picturesque village on the hillside. The architectural and artistic beauties of the village centre go back to the Middle Ages.



Recognised worldwide for its Film Festival, Locarno has also a strong relationship with flowers, the beautiful Camellias in particular attract many visitors. The Piazza Grande, with the typical arcades, is one of the most famous squares in Switzerland. This is the meeting place as well as the heart of the town and the main commercial and cultural activities take place here; the weekly market on Thursdays, the Moon & Stars concerts and the open air film projections during the Film Festival. Going back to the Roman times, this square has been a strategically and commercially important place. There are various witnesses of the past, as for example the sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso, the Visconteo Castle with the “Rivellino”, a bulwark, attested as a Leonardo da Vinci work and the picturesque old town.

Valle Onsernone


The Valle Onsernone is one of the most impressive and mysterious valleys in Ticino. Characteristic are the thick forests, spectacular gorges and white water; this rather isolated place can be reached by a winding road. Along this road, which leads up to the village Spruga, there are some fantastic villages, built on sunny terraces with an interesting traditional architectural style. Numerous internationally renowned writers and artists of the past and present found and still find the Valle Onsernone the ideal place for inspiration, thanks to the extraordinary and up to this day intact natural and human surroundings.



The Centovalli is named a hundred valleys because of the countless side valleys leaving the main valley to the left and right. It is an important transit route between Switzerland and Italy. Its natural scenery, of outstanding beauty, offers nature- and hiking friends a wide range of recreational activities. The many villages, which you pass by, while travelling through the Centovalli, allow you to discover many characteristic corners, where traditions of the past are still lived. Verdasio, Rasa and Palagnedra are only a few of the small villages, enchanting in their simple and authentically beautiful way.

Settimane Musicali di Ascona

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