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Locarno – an older town, great to visit




Locarno which means “Lion’s Flesh” in Latin is located in the Swiss canton of Ticino. It is on the northern tip of Lake Maggiore and is the capital of Locarno district. The language majorly spoken here is Italian. Locarno is the third biggest populated city of canton Ticino (with the first and second being Lugano and Bellinzona).
To enjoy Locarno, one can walk or rent a bike. One can rent a bike from the train station of Locarno. Lacarno is otherwise a walk able city with all its visiting centres at few distances. This old town is having all sorts of locations, from castles to lakes to views of the mountains to a botanical garden. It is also famous for the Treaty of Locarno which was signed by the European powers to ensure peace after world war I. Locarno is now primarily a tourist spot.

There are many places to visit in Locarno, since you will find a combination of art, tourism and nature.
• Astrovia Locarno: It’s a 1: 1,000,000,000 scale model of the Solar System. Just like the solar system the Sun can be found at the end of Via Gioacchino Respini that runs along the river Maggia. 6 km away from this starting point in the village of Tegna, Pluto, the final planet is found.
• Madonna Del Sasso, Cardada and Cimetta: The sanctuary of Madonna Del Sasso is the pilgrimage in Orselina and is above the city. Its interior decoration is highly splendid and gives a perfect view of the city. A gondola runs to the top of Cardada from Orselina (1, 340 m (4,396 ft)). There is a rare chair lift that goes further to the top of Cimetta (1,671 m (5,482 ft)).
• Castello Visconteo: Castello Visconteo is a 12th century built. It was the residence of a Captain Orelli, a true faithful to the Emperor. After changing hands like Ghibellines and Visconti in a war, only a fifth of the original structure remains today. It is a castle. This is now a Municipal and an Archeological Museum. It’s also known as The Castle of Locarno. It has the historical monuments in the city and depicts Italian architectural styles.
• Cimetta, Locarno: This place is for the trek enthusiasts. Cimetta is situated at a height of 1672m and the alpine mountains. It is covered with snow during winters, which is a magnificent view to look at. Hence it is a desired spot for skiing and other winter sports.
• Ascona, Locarno: If one wants to explore the small villages near Locarno, then Ascona village is one of them. This village is filled with natural beauty and art. There is an old museum in Ascona, which depicts devotion to art.
• Morcote, Locarno: Morcote is a scenic village in Locarno which is filled with nature. It has a park with a wide collection of plant species and the reproduction projects from all around the world.
• Funicular ride: The funicular railway up to the old monastery and cable car station is worth a ride.
• Piazza Grande: This is a park that has a wide collection of plant species like gardens of palms, camellias, bougainvillea, cypress, oleanders and magnolias etc., from all over the world. It is also a major shopping area and is in the heart of the centre.
• One can also walk to the Lake Maggiore promenade or take boat trips on Lake Maggiore.

Festivals in Locarno:
• Moon and Stars Music Festival; is held in July that attracts international acts.
• Locarno International Film Festival (Festival Del Film internazionale): is held in the first two weeks of August on Piazza Grande. It has one of the biggest open air screens in Europe.

How to get there:

• By car: Take highway A2 Baselto Chiasso from the east, exit at Bellinzona South, direction Locarno. After the Magadino airport, take the A13 highway,direction Loscarno. After the tunnel, the first exit will bring you in the center of Locarno.
Take the road coasting the Lake Maggiore, from Verbania trough Cannobio and the Brissago customs from the west. Then take the A13 highway, direction Locarno. An alternative, from Simplon and Domodossola, is the Valle Vigezzo and Centovalli road, direction Locarno.
• By train: Locarno is directly linked with Zurich, Basel, Lucerne, Milan and Bellinzona by regular trains. The Centovallina train line connects Locarno and the Simplon line (from Geneva or Bern).
• By flight: Take a flight from any major city to Lugano airport and take the bus to Locarno. One can take train also instead of bus to Locarno.

Best time to visit / climate:

The best time to visit Locarno is all round the climate. In summer, biking, hiking, mountain viewing etc., are available. For persons interested in skiing, snow surfing etc., winter is the best time.
It’s best to go in a time that is matching with the festivals held in Lacarno, i.e., July-August, to fully enjoy the area activities.

Location on Google Maps:


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Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Travelpod (list of hotels with reviews)
TripAdvisor
Booking.com
• http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/booking/hotels-list.shtml
• http://www.hotelclub.co.uk/SearchResults.asp?id=10941
• http://www.holidaycityeurope.com/locarnohotels/

Blogs / Sites about Locarno:

• http://www.travelpod.com/hotels/Locarno.html
• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locarno
• http://www.lonelyplanet.com/switzerland/ticino/locarno/travelblogs
• http://www.travelblog.org/Europe/blog-512743.html
• http://www.fest21.com/blog/locarno
• http://www.travbuddy.com/Locarno-travel-guide-1191324
• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locarno_Treaties

Images and photos of Locarno:

Google Search
TripAdvisor
Picsearch
• http://www.weather-forecast.com/locations/Locarno/gallery
• http://www.fotosearch.com/photos-images/locarno.html

Videos of Locarno (link)




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