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At dawn a hatch opens onto the deck of a sailboat. The light from the sun’s first rays and the clean, cool air lift his spirits. His first thought is the same every morning as he ponders the waters of the lake, his Lake Maggiore: “Blue is the colour of peace”.
There are few places where outdoor activities are available year-round – Ticino is one of them. Known as the “Sonnenstube”, or sunshine capital, of Switzerland, Ascona draws visitors from spring to early autumn to bathe in Lake Maggiore or to venture up for a mountain hike in shorts, when at a mere 200 km away, it’s still freezing!