Ticino is home to an exceptional variety of landscapes. In the north you will find towering mountains and deep valleys carved by glaciers and rivers, whose waters flow into Lake Maggiore in the south.
The central-southern region is the land of the lakes, with clear skies and a mild climate, hotels, piazzas and gardens, villages stretched along lake shores or perched on hillsides, and campaniles basking in the sunshine.
In the south, you are already in the Mediterranean region. The southernmost point of the triangle, the Mendrisiotto, is notable for its serene tranquillity, its expansive landscapes, its gentle hills scattered with houses and fields, and its glowing sunsets on mild October evenings.
The towns and cities also have plenty of pleasures to offer – from sipping a cappuccino on the celebrated Piazza Grande of Locarno to sampling the cultural attractions in Bellinzona and shopping among the historic alleyways of Lugano. Characteristic of all of Ticino’s towns is the agreeable atmosphere that surrounds you as you stroll among the historic buildings, across bustling piazzas and through gardens in bloom.
Bellinzona and Upper Ticino
The city of Bellinzona, capital of the Canton, and the valleys of nothern Ticino, are small treasures of beauty that contain a world of unspoiled nature, art and gastronomy.
Lake Maggiore and Valleys
Are you looking for a piece of paradise with a mild climate, exotic vegetation and great mountains? The Region of Lake Maggiore is the queen of the contrasts in one of the most varied areas of Ticino.
Lake Lugano Region
If you are looking for a city with characteristics of a classy metropolis, but also want some peace and quiet, the region of Lake Lugano is the right place for you.
The town of Mendrisio and the surrounding area, located in the far south of Ticino, is now called “magnifico borgo” (magnificent village). Thanks to picturesque lanes, traditional houses with courtyards and roof made in tile, medieval and baroque churches, the Mendrisiotto region is one of the jewels of Ticino.