Ascona-Locarno region distinguishes itself by its intriguing mix of lake and mountains: the Mediterranean atmosphere, exclusive and lively on Lake Maggiore gives way, through the valleys, to a wilder landscape, distinguished by typical villages and an idyllic countryside.
Known to many as the city on the Verbano where the “Locarno Treaties” were signed. But Locarno has also much else to offer. The old part of town, known as Città Vecchia, is full of surprises and interesting discoveries with its boutiques, cafés, palaces, churches and the Visconti Castle. Characteristic is the picturesque, historical atmosphere in the narrow alleys that all lead to the famous Piazza Grande.
If you are in Locarno, you should take the time to make a trip to the local mountain Cardada Cimetta. In less than ten minutes you are in the middle of nature, high above the town and enjoy a fabulous view over Locarno, Lake Maggiore with the Maggia delta, the valleys and Italy Furthermore, you can see the lowest (Lago Maggiore, 193 m above sea level) and the highest (Dufour Peak, 4634 m above sea level) point of Switzerland at the same time.
Events and culture
Locarno is the city of film on Lake Maggiore and the ideal starting point for excursions into the surrounding valleys. Between culture, lake and mountains, it is the perfect holiday destination to relax or enjoy the best entertainment. From the renowned Locarno Film Festival, the most important film festival in Switzerland, to the concerts of Moon&Stars, where international music stars perform in a unique atmosphere, from the captivating Locarno on Ice, the ice rink with the fairytale bar igloos in the middle of the city, to the popular festivities and the local market. The Piazza offers unique experiences that reflect both the rich tradition and innovative creativity.
But there are also numerous museums, art galleries and tours to get to know the city and its special features better. Various gardens and parks also adorn the city. Like the Camellia Park, which is home to around 9oo species of camellia and is in full bloom, especially in March, when the annual Locarno Camellia exhibition takes place.
The valleys – outdoor paradise
Leaving the lake and the palm trees, one encounters lush green vegetation and pristine nature surrounded by majestic peaks: with its enchanting atmosphere, typical Ticino villages, history and culture, the valleys are magical places and all-season destinations for excursions. The valleys offer countless possibilities in terms of recreational activities. A true paradise for outdoor lovers. Hiking amid the amazing alpine mountain scenery or along the river, challenging and easy cycling tours, climbing high above the valley floor and swimming in the emerald rivers.
Gastronomy and accommodations
Anyone who has ever been to Ticino knows that good food and local products are very important for the Ticinese. The numerous sunny days, the warm climate and the fertile soils contribute to the fact that on Lake Maggiore a huge variety of natural products can be found and are made into “km 0” dishes in the restaurants. So, a visit to a grotto or restaurant on the lake promenade is essential.
The numerous accommodations and campsites offer tempting offers for every taste. Romantics, sports enthusiasts, bon vivants and families all feel at home on Lake Maggiore. Ascona-Locarno is also the only destination in Ticino with the “Family Welcome” seal of quality.
Discover the Ascona-Locarno region and spend unforgettable days in a Mediterranean atmosphere in Switzerland’s sunniest region.
Visitors are advised to travel by public transport to Locarno train station. The event area is located at Piazza Grande.
Location of the event area
All details about the event area at the start and finish location can be found here.