A botanical garden open in 1950 filled with lush imported plants, the Brissago islands are an oasis for those who love nature and tranquility: easily reachable with a ferry boat, they offer the chance to admire plants from all over the world. The atmosphere is relaxing, perfect to enjoy lunch at the restaurant overlooking Lake Maggiore.
All the alleys in town converge here: Ascona’s main square, Piazza G. Motta, is the place to go for a stroll, to window shop or to enjoy an aperitif at sunset. Those who want to visit Ascona in the easiest way possible can hop on the little touring train that leaves from Piazza G. Motta and showcases the most important local sights.
The Bagno Pubblico in Ascona, a much loved place by locals, offers free access to the lake and is the ideal place to spend a relaxing day by the water, to swim and sunbathe. The park is also popular with family thanks to its beautiful trees and to the presence of a playground in the sand. This place is perfect for those who enjoy early morning or sunset swims, when the summer light is just perfect and makes everything even more beautiful.
Lido Ascona is very popular with those seeking fun and entertainment and has a lot to offer to those who want to practice sports: here you can dive, swim, try stand up paddling, but also play beach volley and table tennis, while kids can enjoy the playground and the long sandy beach. The restaurant and the bars are ideal for having lunch or dinner, or for enjoying a drink in a relaxing Mediterranean atmosphere.
The Museo Comunale di Arte Moderna, opened since 1922, has collected incredible masterpieces throughout the years by artists from both Switzerland and the rest of the world. The museum is famous for being home to the most important collection by notorious artist Werefkin.
Located in a pretty little square in the historical center of Ascona, the Church of Saint Peter and Paul is a masterpiece built in the 1500s, painted a beautiful shade of yellow and with an imposing bell tower. The inside of the church is embellished with several amazing frescos, including the one above the altar, painted by Serodine, one of Caravaggio’s pupils.
An ancient ritual deeply rooted in the Far East: the tea ceremony is something unique and not to be missed, not only for tea lovers, but also for those who want to try something different. The incredible atmosphere of Monte Verità enriches the ceremony, giving it a touch that is even more mystical.
A sunny valley that offers lots of fun activities, Valle Maggia offers a wonderful landscape of waterfalls, rivers, small lakes, woods and imposing mountains. Hiking and biking paths are ideal for those who want to explore the valley while staying active, while the typical grottos are perfect for those who love good traditional food.