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Locarno
Travel Guide

See castles and historic buildings in this picturesque city. A remarkable church hides in the depths of a cliff overlooking a sparkling lake.

Locarno sits on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore, which is nestled in the Alps. Its intriguing history interweaves castles, churches and Roman occupation. Enjoy the city built around the main plaza in the historic center. Nearby suburbs are made up of agricultural land, forests, lakes and rivers.

Explore the antique buildings around Piazza Grande in the center of the city. The spacious square features events and festivals. Dine al fresco at one of the restaurants surrounding the plaza. Gaze up at the Civic Tower. You’ll find many shops around Piazza Grande, as it is the main commercial area of Locarno.

Visit the Madonna del Sasso, a majestic church sitting on the edge of a cliff overlooking the lake. Take a 20-minute walk through picturesque woodland with inspiring views of the lake to reach the holy site. You can also reach the church by chairlift. Look down on the city of Locarno below from the towering heights. Inside, admire the ornate interior and numerous artworks.

At the Astrovia Locarno walking and cycling track, see a model of the solar system created to a scale of 1:1 billion. The sun is 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) from the farthest part of the model, Pluto.

Find the Castello Visconteo, a 13th-century castle in the old town. Admire the ruins of the structure that have survived almost a millennium. The museum inside provides information about archeological sites in Locarno.

Take a boat out onto Lake Maggiore. It is 43 miles (69.2 kilometers) wide, making it the largest lake in the Ticino region.

The official language of the region is Italian. Like northern Italy, Locarno has warm, pleasant summers and cool winters with some snow.

The larger city of Lugano is about 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) south of Locarno, beyond Lake Maggiore. Make sure to visit these postcard-pretty Alpine cities in southern Switzerland.

Hotel Belvedere Locarno
Hotel Belvedere Locarno
4.5 out of 5
Via ai Monti della Trinita 44, Locarno, TI
The price is £264 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar

This family-friendly Locarno hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Grande and Madonna del Sasso. Verzasca Dam and Casa ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (247 reviews)
Nice place

"Nice place"…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2020

Hotel Belvedere Locarno
Hotel Millennium
Hotel Millennium
3 out of 5
Via Dogana Nuova 2, Locarno, TI
The price is £113 per night from 23 Mar to 24 Mar

Located in the heart of Locarno, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casino Locarno and Piazza Grande. Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca and Madonna ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (189 reviews)
Lovely spot for a couple

"Lovely olace in a lovely spot.. very friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jun 2020

Hotel Millennium
Hotel dell'Angelo
Hotel dell'Angelo
3 out of 5
Piazza Grande, Locarno, TI
The price is £45 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Located in the heart of Locarno, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza Grande and Madonna del Sasso. Mount Cardada is 6.7 mi (10.8 km) away. Muralto ...

3.8/5Good! (657 reviews)
Great Locarno Stay

"Very easy from the check in to the check out. Very friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020

Hotel dell'Angelo
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Great2Stay
Great2Stay
3 out of 5
9 Via Cittadella, Locarno

Located in the heart of Locarno, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca and Piazza Grande. Casino Locarno and Madonna ...

4.1/5Very Good! (8 reviews)

"Schöne Räume, gute Ausstattung, super Lage. Immer wieder"…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2020

Great2Stay
Large Lake View Apartment With Garden and Condominium Pool - Solemonte
Large Lake View Apartment With Garden and Condominium Pool - Solemonte
Via del Tiglio 17D, 6605 Locarno, Locarno, Ticino

Situated in Locarno, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Madonna del Sasso and Piazza Grande. Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca and Casino Locarno are also ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Our vacation in Locarno, Aug.2020

"Excellent properety and ambience. Check in process could be improved."…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2020

Large Lake View Apartment With Garden and Condominium Pool - Solemonte
Solemonte
Solemonte
Via del Tiglio 17D, Locarno, Locarno

Situated in Locarno, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Madonna del Sasso and Piazza Grande. Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca and Casino Locarno ...

Solemonte
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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