The end of summer is the perfect period to enjoy one’s holidays. The mild climate, the golden leaves, the woods and mountains all contribute to making the Lake Maggiore region even more fascinating. The chestnut – the local autumn fruit par excellence – reigns on many dining tables and is the star of highly appreciated food fairs and village festivals. Autumn, however, is not only a synonym of good food. Hiking can be enjoyed in its full splendor; electric bike and mountain bike tours, wellness centers and cultural activities can furthermore be appreciated in this period.
In Ticino, autumn means breathtakingly beautiful landscapes and centuries-old culinary traditions. Braised meats, stews and game are all on the menu of the canton's grottoes, not to mention polenta, cooked the old fashioned way over an open fire, a comforting treat for the palate and soul.
It's the season of chestnuts, game and goat meat, mushrooms, farina bóna (maize meal from the Onsernone Valley) and, of course, the grape harvest and wine. The taste of autumn is rich and varied: discover typical local ingredients re-interpreted with flair by the region's chefs, or immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of festivals offering an authentic slice of the canton's culinary heritage.
The end of the summer is also the perfect time for exploring the region's trail-running paths, official MTB tracks and 1400 km of hiking trails. With vibrant colours, pristine nature, and summery but not stifling temperatures, you'll see that it doesn't take much to feel relaxed and carefree. All set against a stunning backdrop of mountain peaks and crystal-clear horizons...