Other popular pastimes
Other popular pastimes in Ticino are scala 40, a card game similar to rummy: the winner is the first player to get rid of all his cards. Not forgetting morra, a traditional hand game that's not unlike rock–paper–scissors: instead of symbols, numbers are displayed with the fingers and shouted out loud at the same time. (Incidentally, that's where the Swiss-German expression Tschinggeli comes from: it was the term used in the post-war period for Italian migrant workers, and was derived from the dialect term for five (cinque) that was shouted out in morra: "cinque a la morra".)
Ascona-Locarno outdoor paradise
Anyone looking for an active alternative to the aforementioned traditional Ticino pastimes will find a wide range of activities in the Ascona-Locarno region: 1400 km of groomed footpaths, running trails, three official MTB routes, cycle paths, water sports, golf, climbing – or paragliding for those who prefer a bird's eye view. The stunning mountains, the Mediterranean climate, the fragrance of exotic plants and the lake create just the right atmosphere, no matter which activity you choose.