Ticino is famous for its mild and Mediterranean climate, perfect for a relaxing summer holiday with sunshine and blue skies. You can really feel the Italian influence as you wander the narrow lanes and alleyways leading to the piazzas and churches of the many picturesque villages.

Bellinzona, Ticino’s capital city, has a beautiful medieval town centre surrounded by three castles, whilst Ascona and Locarno located on the shores of Lago Maggiore, are notably more Italian in style. Lugano is the ‘business centre’ of the region and situated on the shores of Lake Lugano with easy access to Milan and a multitude of local excursions and experiences.

Highlights Ticino

  • Visit the beautiful lakeside promenade at Ascona
  • Discover the history of Bellinzona’s three castles, all UNESCO protected
  • Enjoy the colourful parks and gardens of this region from Parco Ciani to Parco Scherrer
  • Take a dip in the crystal clear waters running through the Verzasca valley
  • Use your complimentary Ticino Ticket (for overnight guests) providing free public transport and discounts on cable cars, boats and many attractions in the region.

Ticino offers

Cardada Cimetta

Ticino Outdoor – Back to nature

Discover the charm of this region on foot, by bike and on a stand-up paddle. Nothing too strenuous but with a delicious ‘Grotto Dinner’ included.

Ascona Switzerland in winter


Centred around its three UNESCO castles with beautiful views, this town has a very local vibe and quaint old town.

Lugano Monte Boglia


The cultural centre of the Ticino region and well worth a visit. Take an excursion into the surrounding area.

Locarno, winter


Famous for its climate, the mildest in Switzerland, with around 2,300 hours of sunshine per year, and for its International Film Festival.

Ascona Switzerland in winter


Nestled in a picturesque bay on Lago Maggiore. Take a stroll in the famous lakeside promenade.


There is so much to see and do in all areas of Ticino, from visiting one of the many colourful gardens to journeying up mountains for beautiful panoramas, soak up the region’s natural beauty.

Our top 5:

For more excursion ideas and further details, please see our individual resort pages.

Good to know

How to get there

By plane – Fly to either Zürich, 1hr 45mins by train from Ticino, or Milan Malpensa airport where you can take a shuttle bus to Lugano and Bellinzona.

By scenic rail – Travel from St. Moritz/Chur to Lugano on the Bernina Express train and bus (8hr) or take the Gotthard Panorama Express from Lucerne (5hr).


Ticino Ticket

New for 2017, the Ticino Ticket is complimentary for anyone staying overnight in the region. This is given to guests on arrival at their hotel and provides free public transport and discounts on cable cars, boats and many attractions in the region. Holidaying in Ticino couldn’t be easier!


Main events

March Camellia Festival, Locarno
March/April Streetfood Festival, Lugano
May Open Wine Cellars, Ticino
June/July JazzAscona, Ascona
June-August LongLake Festival 2018, Lugano
August Locarno Festival, Locarno
September City of Taste 2018, Lugano
October Chestnut and Autumn Festival, Ascona
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