4-day Itinerary Ascona-Locarno, Ticino – E-BOOK




25 pages (in pdf format) of detailed information on where the area is, what to see, where to stay, and where to eat. All tips and advice are based on our own experiences.

Detailed activity plan for each day including accommodation tips, maps and travel times, and details of hiking routes and attractions.

Description of these places: the towns of Bellinzona, Ascona, and Locarno, a trip to the peaks of Cardada and Cimetta, a visit to the pilgrimage site of Madonna del Sasso, a hike in the Maggia and Verzasca valleys.

In the spring of 2017, we visited the Swiss canton of Ticino for the first time. We were immediately charmed and we love coming back. And we are not the only ones enchanted by the Canton of Ticino and want to explore it. The articles about our trips and adventures in Canton Ticino are among the most read on my blog. No wonder: Ticino beckons for its novel charm and Mediterranean flair while retaining a sense of Swiss order and organization.

That’s why I decided to take the best of my blog and create a detailed four-day itinerary for the popular Ascona-Locarno area on the shores of Lake Maggiore, which will be a helpful tool for first-timers who literally “don’t know where to jump first”. The itinerary is designed to satisfy both active tourists and those who like to sit on the terrace of a restaurant with a glass of Aperol and watch the bustle around. The itinerary includes a day-by-day itinerary, tips on accommodation and restaurants, as well as details on tourist attractions.

This itinerary will save you 4 – 10 hours of your precious time.


The Italian-speaking canton of Ticino in the south of Switzerland is beautiful for its diversity: here you will find densely wooded hills, ancient Romanesque churches, medieval castles listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, magical valleys and crystal-clear rivers and lakes. Here you will find the smallest village in Switzerland with only thirteen permanent inhabitants or a botanical garden on islands in the lake.

The canton of Ticino is also called the “Sonnenstube der Schweiz”, the sun terrace of Switzerland. No wonder – Locarno gets 2300 hours of sunshine a year, making it the warmest city in Switzerland! Locarno is also a great base for day trips to this part of Switzerland. And Lago Maggiore is like the sea in the middle of the mountains. And that’s a good reason to come here.

So Ticino offers plenty of opportunities to mix up an exciting program of family fun and relaxation.

25 pages of valuable advice and tips based on your own experience.

All detailed information about what to visit, where to stay, where to eat.

Description of these places: the towns of Bellinzona, Ascona, and Locarno, a trip to the peaks of Cardada and Cimetta, a visit to the pilgrimage site of Madonna del Sasso, hikes in the Maggia and Verzasca valleys.


The itinerary includes

Accommodation tips.

Detailed day-by-day schedule on 25 pages.

Maps of transfers and routes for each day.

The itinerary does not include

Booking accommodation.

Booking of paid tours (castles, towns, etc.).

Counting travel from your place or other areas of Switzerland.



The itinerary starts in Bellinzona, the capital of the canton of Ticino. It ends in the Verzasca Valley.

Transfers take a maximum of 45 minutes (the longest transfer is 43 minutes by bus, and 40 minutes by car).

Yes, but more so the older ones that don’t need to be in a stroller anymore and can walk a few miles. The hikes listed (Cimetta – Cardada, Valle Maggia, Valle Verzasca) are not suitable for a stroller.


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