Ascona: the pearl of Lake Maggiore. Today it is an exclusive tourist destination, a lakeside paradise; its extraordinary history is however filled with art and culture.

Lake promenade of Ascona

As soon as you catch a glimpse of the Ascona lakefront, the fishing landscape and the colorful lakeside houses, which imbue the scenery with a Mediterranean character, will impress you. It is the ideal location for relaxation, taking walks and enjoying the splendid sunset on the lake.

Ascona is an ancient village, rich with memories of its medieval and Renaissance history. The traces left by the many artists who lived in the village are tangible in the narrow alleys that lead to piazza G. Motta on the lakefront. But not only! Its cultural tradition also leads us away from the historical center, up the Ascona hill, into the heart of nature. Monte Verità: this is the name that was given to this magical place settled by people who, in search of tranquility, created a veritable spiritual refuge. A settlement that later attracted internationally renowned revolutionaries, philosophers, writers, poets and artists.

The village’s privileged position and mild climate make it the perfect setting for the successful cultural events that take place, mainly, in the summer season. JazzAscona, one of the most renowned international jazz festivals, annually attracts thousands of fans, making it Ascona’s highlight event. Local markets, shopping, gastronomy, and street artists are great alternatives for both children and adults.

Key Facts:

Population: 4'500
Area: 4.97 km²
Average temperature (january):  4 °C
Average temperature (june): 20 °C

Information desk

Ascona-Locarno Turismo
Viale Papio 5
6612 Ascona

Opening hours 14.03. - 23.10.2016
Monday - Friday: 09.00-18.00
Saturday and holidays: 10.00-18.00
Sunday: 10.00-14.00


Opening hours 24.10.2016 - 19.03.2017
Monday - Friday: 09.30-12.00 / 13.30-17.00
Saturday: 10.00-14.00
Sunday and holidays: closed


The opening hours during public holidays are subject to change without notice.

See also

Comune di Ascona