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Lake Maggiore to Lake Lugano

Ticino – a slice of Italy in Switzerland
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This holiday combines well with our leisurely walk from Lake Orta to Lake Maggiore. Please contact us for details.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • sub-tropical lakeside towns & gardens 
  • ancient paths through chestnut-forested hills
  • ride the famous Centovalli railway
  • visit Locarno's Piazza Grande & Madonna del Sasso

From the high mountain peaks of its north to the forested foothills and palm-fringed lakes farther south, Ticino is a region of immense natural diversity. Located on the sunny, southern side of the Alps, just within the Swiss border, this is Italy in all but name, with graceful, pastel-coloured buildings, tiny Romanesque churches, Italian-speaking locals and copious helpings of gelato.
The summer air is rich and hot in Ticino. Vespas scoot along palm-fringed promenades. A baroque campanile chimes. Italian weather. Italian style. And that’s not to mention the Italian gelato, Italian architecture, Italian language.
     
Lonely Planet
There is no better way to explore this diverse region than on foot, and Ticino has an excellent network of ancient footpaths which help you to do just that. Beginning on the shores of Lake Maggiore, in the picturesque lakeside town of Locarno, this holiday leads you through the heart of the region, passing through the wooded hills and tranquil river valleys of the Malcantone to reach the hill-village of Carona, set just above the emerald waters of Lake Lugano.

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