Ascona is nestled in a picturesque bay on Lago Maggiore, renowned for its mild climate. The old town was built around the sixteenth-century church of SS. Pietro e Paolo; an intricate web of lanes leads to the piazza, which lies directly on the lake. The panorama opens out over the lake – here is the famous lakeside promenade with its cafés and outdoor seating to soak up the sunshine. You can also reach the Brissago Islands from here. Ascona offers evening shows, markets, and open-air festivals with traditional food and drink.
Discover the towns' charming alleys
Pamper yourself at the beautiful promenade
Key facts Ascona
- Language: Italian
- Transfer time from Zürich: 2h45
- Beautiful location on the shores of Lago Maggiore
- Historic Town Centre
- Ticino Ticket for free use of public buses and trains of Canton Ticino
3* Albergo Carcani
The Albergo Carcani enjoys a beautiful location on the Piazza of Ascona overlooking Lago Maggiore. With its large sun terrace, the Ristorante Carcani is always a firm favourite offering culinary variety and a convivial atmosphere. The lunch and dinner menus include Italian and Swiss dishes which can be enjoyed both à la carte or as part of the half-board offering. There are different room categories ranging from resort view to direct lake view with or without balcony.
5*+ Hotel Eden Roc
The hotel is located on the shores of Lake Maggiore and within walking distance of Ascona’s main piazza. It boasts four restaurants, all with terraces: Eden Roc, La Brezza and Marina serve gourmet award winning cuisine whilst La Casetta offers fish and seafood dishes. The Eden Bar is famous for its cocktails and live entertainment. Relax in the garden or the spa with two pools, saunas, whirlpool, fitness centre, treatment rooms and a hairdresser. The hotel also has a nursery, water skiing school and bicycles for guests to use.