The mist-draped northern slopes of the Alps make way for warm rays of sunlight. The first glimpse of San Bernardino in the sunny valleys of Italian-speaking Switzerland – a memorable experience.
After soaking up 22,000 hours of sunlighta year, the ripe Merlot grapes set thepulse of wine lovers racing far beyond theSwiss borders.
In the traditional Grotti, local Merlot isserved to accompany culinary specialitiessuch as rabbit stew and polenta, orfreshly-caught fish from the lake.
With its ancient castles, stony Grotti and fascinating old towns, Ticino represents a journey back in time, following the traces of the local cultural and architectural history.
Take in a film at the film festival in the Piazza Grande in Locarno on a mild summer evening. Or experience the art of fine living and take pleasure in the simple things of life in the Monte Verità tradition – La vita è bella.
Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, Ticino boasts the longest summer in Switzerland – the ideal season for exploring the footpaths through the valleys or for sampling Ticino’s rich culinary pleasures on warm, balmy evenings.
A vast network of walking paths crisscrosses the region, leading through the valleys as far as the lake , over stony, ancient bridges and alongside rivers, in the midst of the rich flora and fauna of southern Switzerland.
The rolling waves of Lake Maggiore on theAscona promenade and views of thelush green hills and mountains culminatethe art of fine living.