Mediterranean atmosphere south of the Alps, in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Blue lakes and wild hinterland climbing up the alpine valleys... For Swiss people, Ticino means holidays!

Situated in the Upper Leventina Valley of Ticino, on the southern slope of St. Gotthard Pass, Airolo is an ideal starting point for fantastic treks on mountain paths during summer, and a place where one can practice a large number of winter sports.
Bellinzona, capital of Ticino, is famous for its 3 castles (UNESCO World Heritage Sites). It lies east of the Ticino River, at the foot of the Alps, with its impressive castles and battlements locking the valleys stretching down from Gotthard and Graubünden.
On the Western shore of Lake Maggiore, just a few miles from Italy and at the foot of the Alps, Brissago is a perfect example of how paradoxical Ticino is: here, the climate is rather sub-tropical and you feel like you're far far away from the snowy peaks of Switzerland!
At 2108 m above sea level, this famous high mountain pass between Airolo (Ticino) and Göschenen (Uri) connects Central Switzerland with Ticino, on the route leading from Germany to Italy across Switzerland and the Alps. A beautiful journey through Alpine landscapes.
Locarno, sunny city on the shores of Lake Maggiore, is host every year to the International Film Festival, one of the top events of Switzerland, which transforms its Piazza Grande into one of the most beautiful open-air movie theatres in the world. It's one of the main holiday destinations of Switzerland with its ambience of Italian Riviera and its magnificent setting.
Biggest town of Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton South of the Alps, Lugano is located on the shores of Lake Lugano (Ceresio), and its warm summers and trendy fame make it some kind of Swiss Monte Carlo.
Highest mountain pass with paved road in Switzerland, 2,478 m (8,130 ft) above the sea. It connects Ulrichen (Wallis/Valais) to Airolo (Ticino/Tessin). Open June-October.
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