Travel Guide

General Information About Locarno

Southern plants such as palm trees or lemon trees flourish in Locarno and give the city its special charm. The heart of the city is the Piazza Grande, well-known for its annual film festival. The narrow lanes of the Old Town all lead to the Piazza. Castello Visconteo, a castle dating back to the 12th century, lies at the edge of the Old Town. About a fifth of the castle has been preserved in its original state.

The pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso is located above Locarno, in Orselina. The church is said to have been established as a result of an appearance of the Virgin Mary. It is the most notable sight in Locarno, and boasts an extraordinary view of the city, the lake and the mountains.

    • Pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso – a holy place above Locarno with fantastic views over the town, lake and mountains.
    • Locarno's nearest mountain, the Cardada-Cimetta – the cable-car designed by leading architect Mario Botta takes visitors up to the hiking, skiing and sledging paradise above Locarno.
    • Old Town with Castello Visconteo – wander through the picturesque Old Town behind the Piazza Grande to the medieval castle with its archae

Cardada Cimetta

"Funicular rail or by bus, then the Design-Cableway and scenic chairlifts transport guests 1450 meters above the Lago Maggiore lake to Cimetta. Panorama boards shed light on the mountains near and far and geological facts. And by the mid Cardada station, an attractive architectonic viewing platform elegantly reigns above the tree tops.

Reflexology path, Nordic walking trail, playful walks for children, and signposted mountain-bike routes complete the scenic Cardada/Cimetta offer. Diverse restaurants with Ticino specialities and possible accommodation from simple to stylish and romantic.

Altitude: 1671m 
Accessibility: 
From the Locarno center by funicular rail or bus to Orselina, cable car to Cardada and with the chairlift (sitting sideways) to Cimetta 
View: Over the town of Locarno and Lago Maggiore lake with Brissago Island; and through the Centovalli as far as the Valais Alps looking west
Attractions: Hiking, mountain biking, orientation walks, paragliding, Nordic walking right above the town of Locarno "