Things to do
If you fancy rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, visit Locarno on Lake Maggiore during its international film festival in August. Regular concerts and markets are held in the Piazza Grande. And the Renaissance Old Town, with its ornate 17th-century churches, highlights just how deeply Italy has influenced this part of the Alps.
FOOD & DRINK
From rustic home cooking and vine-clad trattorias to inventive culinary adventures, if you love Italian food you’ll be more than satisfied. And if you’ve an appetite for heights, take a chairlift up to Cimetta, where panoramic views from the restaurant terrace make for an unforgettable experience.
23,000 hours of sunshine a year means there’s plenty to enjoy in nearby Locarno. Dive into the Lido with its own palm tree-lined lake, beach and pools of every size, including an Olympic-sized one. There are also waterslides for the kids, a volleyball court and far-reaching views of the mountains where novice skiers will appreciate the gentle green and blue slopes of Mottarone.