Locarno

Visit Locarno, the city of film on Lake Maggiore, and explore its characteristic corners and surroundings. With culture, lake and mountains you run no chance of getting bored: it is the perfect destination for your holidays, whether you plan on relaxing or you are in search of entertainment.

Piazza Grande in Locarno

Known to many as the place where the “Locarno Treaties” were signed, the city on the Verbano is characterized by its picturesque atmosphere and rich history. The old part of town, known as Città Vecchia, is full of interesting surprises: do not miss the palaces, churches, the Visconti Castle and the narrow alleys in which you breathe peace and tranquility. 

From the Città Vecchia, look up towards the hill above Locarno where your eyes will meet the Sacred Mount of the Madonna del Sasso. Perched on a spur, the picturesque Sanctuary and the annexed Capuchin Friars convent are visited by many pilgrims and are currently seeking the UNESCO World Heritage recognition. From up here the view is simply breathtaking: the idea place for a souvenir photo for your holiday album!

The rich artistic patrimony of the region comes especially alive in the Piazza Grande, Locarno’s pulsating heart, home to most of the cultural and recreational activities in the region. From the renowned Festival del film to the concerts of Moon and Stars, from the captivating Locarno on Ice to the popular festivities and the local market: the Piazza offers unique experiences that reflect both the rich tradition and innovative creativity of the city of Locarno, which has become one of the mundane destinations in the Lake Maggiore region.

In Locarno both lake and mountains dominate the landscape. Only a few steps away from Lake Maggiore, you can take the funicular from Locarno to Orselina and then the Orselina-Cardada cable car, which connects to the Cardada-Cimetta chair lift – both of which have been completely redone by architect Mario Botta. In little time you will find yourself at an altitude of 1,340 meters: the view is guaranteed to be breathtaking, come and see!

Key Facts:

Population: 16'287
Area: 19.27 km²
Average temperature (january): 4 °C
Average temperature (june): 20 °C

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Information desk

Ascona-Locarno Turismo
Piazza Stazione / SBB Railway Station
6600 Locarno
info@ascona-locarno.com

 

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

 

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