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Bellinzona, capital of Ticino, is famous for its 3 castles (UNESCO World Heritage Sites). It lies east of the Ticino River, at the foot of the Alps, with its impressive castles and battlements locking the valleys stretching down from Gotthard and Graubünden.
Bosco/Gurin is the highest inhabited village in Ticino, at an altitude of 1503 m, and the only non-Italian speaking place in the canton. Some of the inhabitants still speak Gurijnartitsch, a Walser (Germanic) dialect. A village still very authentic, at the end of a narrow road with impressive twists and turns.
Campione d´Italia
A tiny piece of Italy landlocked in the canton of Ticino, on the banks of the Ceresio (Lake Lugano). Closely linked to Switzerland, this tiny territory is best known for its casino and its exemption from European VAT.
This beautiful waterfall is just a few minutes walk from the hamlet of Chiggiogna, near Faido. To get there, find the chapel Oratorio di San Giuseppe and then continue along the path, trusting your instincts, the waterfall is close and easy to reach...
The Gotthard Tunnel is notorious for traffic jams that last for hours, so take the pass road instead! Here's what you'll see at the top if you get away from the crowded tourist areas.
Apart from the famous Piazza Grande, the big star of Locarno is Lake Maggiore, although only a very small part of the lake is in Switzerland. The rest is in Italy, and the lake forms the border between two large Cisalpine regions, Piedmont on its western shore and Lombardy on its eastern shore. This proximity to Italy gives Locarno a Riviera feel and a seaside holiday atmosphere.
The Lukmanier Pass (Passo del Lucomagno in Italian, Cuolm Lucmagn in Romansh) connects Biasca (Ticino) with Disentis/Mustér (Graubünden) at an altitude of 1973 metres. Here we are at the top of the pass, facing the Santga Maria reservoir, on a path that offers superb panoramic views.
Biggest town of Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton South of the Alps, Lugano is located on the shores of Lake Lugano (Ceresio), and its warm summers and trendy fame make it some kind of Swiss Monaco.
Maggia is one of the villages in Vallemaggia, where the river of the same name flows. One of the places where you can go for a walk is the Cascata del Salto, an impressive waterfall. To get there, go to the foot of the stairs that lead up to the church of San Maurizio, then turn right.
Surrounded by vineyards, Meride is located above Mendrisio, on the first slopes of Monte San Giorgio. Near a free public car park, the Moroni path climbs directly to the centre of the village.
Switzerland's highest motorable pass, at 2478m, connects Ulrichen in the Upper Valais to Airolo in Ticino. It is open from June to October, and in August 2021 we shot 16 panoramas here at the top of the pass, as well as two series further down, 10 on the Valais side and 12 on the Ticino side.
Sonogno is the last village in the Verzasca Valley that can be reached by car. If you are looking for authenticity and want to escape the crowds, it is an ideal destination. It is a starting point for beautiful hikes. To the west lies the Val Redòrta, where the river of the same name flows. A stream flows into the valley at the foot of the beautiful La Froda waterfall, a half-hour walk from the village.
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