What to Do in Ticino, Switzerland? Well, look no further. Jerry and I have visited this region many times so far and have now many cool tips for you. We've listed all the stunning places in this beautiful region below.
What to do in Ticino, Switzerland
Coming from the northern part of Switzerland, your first stop should be Bellinzona. It is known for its famous castles - Castlengrande, Montebello and Castello di Sasso Corbaro. Go for it!
Then there is Lugano. Yes, it is a famous city in Ticino but definitely worth it. We really like the vibe of it (Switzerland with palm trees!), especially in the summer months where the city hosts many music festivals. One of our favourites? The LongLife festival which lasts whole July. Go for it!
Wondering what camera we use to make these photos? Here's the link.
Monte Bre with its height of 915 m represents in our eyes one of the best viewpoints in Switzerland. There are two ways to reach this fantastic mountain peak. You can take the funicular (adults 16.00 chf single ride, 25.00 chf return) or hike to the top of the mountain, starting at Gandria (easy to medium difficulty, less than 2 hours).
Village Bre is a picturesque and romantic town which is perfectly located on the hiking trail from Gandria to the top of the mountain. Have a stop here and take some nice photos! The view is gorgeous!
Monte San Salvatore
Another great viewpoint in Ticino is at the lovely Monte San Salvatore. There is a funicular from the village called Paradiso to the top of the hill - it leaves every 30 minutes. You can also go for a hike - up and down it will take you about 2 hours.
Another city you should consider visiting while in the region of Ticino is Locarno. It is beautifully situated at the Lago Maggiore and you know what it has over 2300 hours per year! So if you're looking for nice weather, when in Switzerland, head to Locarno :)
Cardada - Cimetta
When in Locarno, make sure to take the cable car and reach the height of 1671 m. There is a spectacular viewpoint you should go for. After that take the lift to the Cimetta mountain. Check the operational hours here. Enjoy the views of the stunning Lago Maggiore, walk around, have a coffee at one of the restaurants' terrace. Then we suggest to walk all the way down to the Cardada cable car station. It's quite short - about 30 minutes.
Only a few minutes drive from Locarno, there is another romantic town in this region called Ascona. If you like narrow streets, small shops, lot of restaurants and cafes and colourful houses, this place is for you! Here is a drone photo of the lovely town!
Morcote is known as one of the prettiest towns in Ticino! It's located South of Lugano and is worth the trip due to its beautiful location between the lake and the mountains! It comes with a romantic touch with the church, the chapels, old houses, narrow streets, lots of boats...
Honestly, we stumbled upon this village by accident. We came to Tenero-Contra by bus from Locarno and continued on foot from here to the Verzasca dam. The surroundings were incredibly stunning - mountains, vineyards, palm trees, rivers... make sure to at least take a picture of this place!
Wanna go bungee jumping? You can do so at the Verzasca Dam. It is a dive of 220 metres, apparently THE bungee jump out there. And James Bond did it. Cool, right? But it really looks scary though :) We stopped there and watched the jumpers for a while...
Our favourite place in Ticino is definitely the Verzasca River! The colour of the water is soooo beautifully greenish, we simply love it! In summer you can plunge into it but don't expect too much of a warm water :) Additionally, make sure to drive to the picturesque bridge Ponte dei Salti - and jump from it!
When admiring the Verzasca valley with its river, don't skip the townlet called Corippo. It's really small but picture-perfect!
Between Locarno and the city of Brissago, there are the scenic Brissago islands - two small islands, worth your visit. The bigger one, called San Pancrazio owns a lovely botanical garden. You can visit those island by boat.
Check out this video and get inspired!
Where to Stay in Ticino
Gandria - Lugano
Here comes a hotel suggestion if you're looking for something cheap, want to visit Lugano, climb the Monte Bre and have a view over the Lugano Lake > then book your stay at Le Bucce die Gandria. This stay is so simple but cute so we already stayed here twice! :)
Wanna explore Locarno, Cardada and the Verzasca Valley? Then book your stay nearby, the best would be in Locarno at the lovely hotel called Garni Dolcevita. The view from the balcony is top! :)
Another wonderful place to stay, which blew our minds, is the Park Hotel Brenscino in Brissago. What's special? Each hotel room has a balcony with spectacular views over the Lake Maggiore and its surrounding hills. In addition to a heated pool, there is a funky decorated restaurant, a botanical garden with hammocks, a mini-golf course and a viewpoint terrace with a pink bench, as you see below. A lovely stay, indeed!
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How was your time in Ticino? Would you add a place to this list? Please leave a comment below! Thanks!