The church was founded to commemorate an apparition of the Virgin Mary. From this sacred mountain, visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of the whole valley with the lake and mountains behind. A small, venerable cog railway carries passengers to the pilgrimage site. The journey is an experience in itself. In addition to the ever-changing view, the jungle-like forest to the left and right is a fascinating sight. If you thought the ascent was beautiful, you’ll find the way down is just as impressive. The descent is definitely worth doing on foot: the cobblestone path of the Via Crucis with its stations and chapels awaits. The Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) leads directly to the old town of Locarno with its narrow, picturesque streets and local shops. All roads lead to the heart of Locarno, the Piazza Grande. This is where the open-air Locarno Film Festival takes place each summer. It is one of the most renowned film festivals and has made the city famous around the world.
The Camellia Park acts as the grand finale to the flower-lined promenade. The park has over 850 different camellia varieties in every imaginable colour. The flowering period of the various exemplars extends over nine months. However, the camellias are at their most impressive in spring. That’s when they bring the magnificent park to life. It is no exaggeration to say that the park is a little slice of paradise. It is waiting to be discovered with all the senses. Visitors can wend their way among the flowers, listen to birds singing or watch the waves on Lake Maggiore. The park is right by the lake. Beach, palm trees and views of the snow-covered mountains in spring. Hard to beat – la dolce vita at its finest.