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Over the mountains north of the fog-bound Po river, there lies a land of kinder temperatures and bluer skies. You’ll find some of Europe’s most elegant towns in this Swiss canton, with Renaissance and Baroque buildings clustered around Italianate piazzas or lining the shores of lakes Maggiore and Lugano.
The belle époque grandeur of Locarno rivals laid-back Lugano, a city that seduces the fussiest with its ancient churches, alleys, and Villa Favorita, home to one of the world’s greatest private art collections
Getting There and Around
Ticino is accessible from main cities such as Zurich, Geneva, and Milan. Transportation options in Ticino include post- buses, cable cars, funiculars, trains, and ferries. Avoid taking cars as parking is a problem.
When to Go
April and October are ideal times to visit.