Ticino - Sightseeing & hiking suggestions

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Impressive view from Cimetta, overlooking Italy, Switzerland and the northern part of the Lago Maggiore. The island is Isola di Brissago.

Activities in the Ticino

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SIGHTSEEING TIPS FOR THIS REGION

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Bernina Express

Wonderful scenic train ride from the old town of Chur across the Bernina Pass via Italy to Lugano.

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Gotthard Panorama Express

An impressive train and boat journey across the famous Gotthard route.

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Boat trip Lake Lugano

Enjoy southern Switzerland from the water. A boat trip is a relaxed way to see the green mountains and picturesque villages in the Lake Lugano region.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, lake;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lugano (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Boat trip Lake Maggiore

Explore southern Switzerland and northern Italy by boat. Enjoy the green mountains, palm trees, wonderful villages and pleasant Mediterranean climate.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, lake;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Centovalli railway

The Centovalli railway offers a unique train journey across remote valleys in northern Italy and southern Switzerland.

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Monte San Salvatore

Monte San Salvatore is one of the two easy to reach panoramic viewing points in Lugano. It offers views of the city, most of the lake, and mountains such as Monte Brè and Monte Generoso.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by funicular
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lugano (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Monte Brè

Monte Brè is one of the two easy to reach panoramic viewing points in Lugano. It offers views of most of the city and the lake, almost as far as Porto Ceresio in Italy, at the south-most tip of the lake.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by funicular
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lugano (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Castles of Bellinzona

Explore the three castles of Bellinzona, a UNESCO World Heritage site from the Middle Ages.

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  • Attraction type: culture, museum;
    culture, monument;
    city tour
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Bellinzona (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Swissminiatur

The miniature version of Switzerland. You can see many of the highlights in a few hours.

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  • Attraction type: culture, museum
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lugano (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

The Ticino region in one day

Don't have much time, or looking for an introduction to the Ticino region? This one day trip to Lugano and Locarno makes sure you won't miss the best spots.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by funicular;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    natural site, lake;
    culture, monument;
    city tour;
    scenic trip, by train;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino), Lake Lugano (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

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Castagnola - Gandria

An easy short hike along Lake Lugano via the Olive Tree Path to the picturesque town of Gandria.

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  • Hiking time: 0h45
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 275 - 342 m
  • Distance: 2.6 km
  • Terrain: town, along lake
  • Region: Lake Lugano (Ticino)

City walk Lugano

This city walk is a very nice way to get to know beautiful Lugano. Easy to combine with a boat trip or funicular ride.

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  • Hiking time: 1h20
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 271 - 356 m
  • Distance: 5.1 km
  • Terrain: town, along lake
  • Region: Lake Lugano (Ticino)

Town walk Ascona

The town center of Ascona is tiny but stunningly beautiful. This self-guided walk leads you through all the pretty streets and to the lakefront.

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  • Hiking time: 0h35
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 197 - 235 m
  • Distance: 2.5 km
  • Terrain: along lake, town
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino)

Town walk Bellinzona with one castle

Explore the best streets of Bellinzona and the castle in the center of town.

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  • Hiking time: 0h40
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 223 - 278 m
  • Distance: 2.3 km
  • Terrain: town
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino)

City walk Locarno

A pleasant walk along the lakefront and the historical town center of Locarno, including the pretty Piazza Grande.

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  • Hiking time: 1h00
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 192 - 225 m
  • Distance: 4.1 km
  • Terrain: along lake, town
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino)

Lavertezzo - Ganne

A pleasant hike along the Verzasca river, starting at the famous Ponte dei Salti, a 17th century stone bridge over crystal clear water.

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  • Hiking time: 1h45
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 535 - 685 m
  • Distance: 4.7 km
  • Terrain: forest, along river
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino)

Lugano - Gandria

A pleasant hike across Lugano, along Lake Lugano via the Olive Tree Path to the picturesque town of Gandria.

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  • Hiking time: 1h40
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 272 - 361 m
  • Distance: 5.5 km
  • Terrain: town, along lake
  • Region: Lake Lugano (Ticino)

Town walk Bellinzona with three castles

Get to know the small town of Bellinzona and it's three famous castles.

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  • Hiking time: 2h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 223 - 464 m
  • Distance: 5.6 km
  • Terrain: town
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino)

Brissago - Madonna del Sacro Monte - Brissago

A walk in the lakeside town of Brissago, and to the Madonna del Sacro Monte church on the slopes of Mount Gridone.

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  • Hiking time: 1h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 193 - 327 m
  • Distance: 2.5 km
  • Terrain: forest, town, along lake
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino)

City walk Locarno and Camellia Park

A pleasant walk along the lakefront, the historical town center of Locarno, and the Camellia Park.

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  • Hiking time: 1h30
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 192 - 225 m
  • Distance: 6.1 km
  • Terrain: town, along lake
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino)
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