Canton of Ticino Landmarks

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  • GeneralShamu
    New York City, NY1,131 contributions
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    We visited late morning/midday during a sunny/cloudless break of an otherwise rainy day. With almost no one there it was really amazing to see. The funiculars run in two sections so you switch to a second one midway up/down. They run every half hour on the hour.

    At the top you have several viewpoints as well as a museum (15 minutes, 30 max). Restrooms located near where you get off the funicular at the top. There is also a nice restaurant at the top with views overlooking the lake.

    Parking available on site, no strollers allowed unless they are fully collapsible to go into the the funicular. Not really wheelchair/stroller friendly as steps are involved, including to use the restrooms at the top (shaking my head). Carrier a must if you have a small child.
    Written May 3, 2024
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  • Sandy D
    Mumbai, India912 contributions
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    The colour of the river water is a unique green one. And absolutely clear. Though I had gone prepared to swim, we reached early and were the only people, so didn’t take a chance.
    The drive to this place is a good one.
    Strongly recommended.
    Written September 8, 2023
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  • NomadicTraveller7
    Fuerteventura11,564 contributions
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    The church does not look special from the outside, however inside makes up for the bland exterior. Building of the church commenced in 1499, but the incredible frescos by Baernadino Luini of the Last Supper and Passion and Crucifixion date from 1529. The Passion and Crucifixion is said to be the most famous Renaissance fresco in Switzerland. It certainly is a spectacular masterpiece. The Last Supper fresco is said to have originally been in the refectory of the adjoining Franciscan monastery built in 1525. The Last Supper fresco seems perhaps to only contain 11 Apostles. On the right of Jesus with their head resting on Jesus’ shoulder the person appears just as likely to be Mary Magdalene than John. The face is quite similar to the face of the person next to Jesus, but leaning the other way, in Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece, “The Last Supper”, but the face seems to be even more feminine in appearance in Bernardino Luini’s fresco. The knife can clearly be seen in Peter’s hand.
    Written April 22, 2024
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  • Marc Oremiatzki
    Fort Garland, CO94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    While some bulk at the very expensive CF 27.00 round trip funicular ride, others can drive or take a bus from downtown.

    We walked one hour in the village and got spectacular views of Lake Lugano.

    Well worth it
    Written May 24, 2023
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  • Aimee C
    Lausanne, Switzerland77 contributions
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    During Winter, Castlegrande is the only castle of the three in the area that is open. It cost 8 chf with no discount unless you are buying the ‘pass’ to all three castles. There was approximately five people on the grounds and the admissions clerk said it was like this, quiet and calm, most of the time. There was a brief movie of the castle in English, German, French and Italian. There is no museum shop but a case where you can buy postcards, keychains and other ‘castle-items’. The museum is small yet interesting providing information about the origins of the castle, coins and pottery. There is also another section which had the recovered paintings of the castle. The grounds are well-maintained, easy to walk on and you can go up and around following the ‘murata’ signs. There are two towers in which you can climb up but the stairs are steep and narrow. You can also walk through the tunnel ( mentioned in the introductory movie) which, when followed, takes you to the city center. Beautiful, fine day!
    Written December 20, 2023
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  • Pete
    Fredericksburg, VA1,206 contributions
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    I would recommend doing some homework before visiting this historic site. I thought I had done my homework, but I mistakenly didn’t do enough studying.

    The main castle has gone through much ruin over the years which makes it problematic for the tourist. For example, the tourist will not know which structure is original nor will he/she know which structure is reconstructed. The exhibits were in 3 languages, none of which were in English.

    I had a particular interest in the engineering systems, such as heating through a possible fireplace to oven, and water recovery and distribution through a possible well. These systems can only be seen in the Montebello castle.

    My readings about Castles tell me that Castles can be classified along a continuum, with one end being classified as a Fortification and the other end being classified as a Palace. The fortification end tends to be more military in nature, while the palace end tends to be based upon a comfortable setting for royalty (kitchen, paintings, sophisticated furniture, complex water systems, etc ). For example, the Palatial Castle might not have crenelated walls for weapons nor would it have a defensive moat.
    Written May 18, 2023
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  • nigni2002
    Carimate, Italy2,997 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really wonderful. I live near Como but i habe to say this area is even better. Just my opinion of coarse. You can walk from the lake to the chuch through an ancient path, no cars. Just a little less than 6 km, 470 m slope more or less. Take your time it is not tough for me but it depends in you if you are fit enough to do it.Anyway you can drive there, no problem
    Wiev is wonderfuf from the top.
    Written April 4, 2022
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  • Thomas K
    Monte-Carlo, Monaco1,266 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The central square of Lugano with nice cafes to sit outside. The shopping streets all start from here and has a very relaxing atmodsphere.
    Written September 26, 2023
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  • rob48888
    England, UK39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just back from a fortnight in Switzerland - to Lucerne and Ascona. I’ve covered Lucerne on the Lucerne forum.
    Ascona makes me sick and feel very grumpy. I don’t like the people who live there, I mean it’s just not fair, how can some people live in such a beautiful amazing place? Walking through the shopping area and seeing so many lovely shops and alleyways I thought ok this is nice but let’s see what it’s like by the lakeside, maybe it’s like Blackpool with tacky arcades and nasty looking fast food establishments. Wrong! The lakeside Jesus Christ, it’s like Monte Carlo, beautiful buildings and hotels overlooking a magical lake with mountains. Fabulous atmosphere and they even have a open to all jazz festival. There are fabulous homes on the hillside overlooking Ascona, that really made me sick. Lucky so and so’s.
    The walk along the lakeside was really so nice. It cuts back inland past some beautiful hotels and houses, I thought I was walking in a fairy tale. Then you cut through some lovely alleys towards the lido. The Lido was so nice, everyone loving the water and playing games and happy. Then you can walk further past an incredible golf course with more beautiful views out on the lake.
    It was magical. I love it. I love Switzerland, it’s the best country in the whole wide world. Please let me win the lottery so I can move there!
    Written June 29, 2023
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  • CColumbus
    Jacksonville, FL1,094 contributions
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    Lovely old castle perched on top of a hillside. You can reach the castle by the road but there’s no parking. We walked from the city center and it’s a hard walk up a lot of cobbled stairs and not for the out of shape. But once you get there it’s quite beautiful. According to the tourist info the site has been inhabited for 12,000 years. The castle offers great views of the city and surrounding countryside. It’s worth the stop.
    Written May 30, 2023
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  • NomadicTraveller7
    Fuerteventura11,564 contributions
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    graze in Locarno. When we were in town there was an interesting street food van fair taking place, with the vans offering different foods from different countries. Prices were not cheap, starting at CHF 14. The Piazza itself is quite nice. There are a number of bars and cafes with outdoor seating for a coffee or a drink. We had a very pleasant drink at one. The Co-op supermarket on the square is very convenient. I cannot avoid saying, though, that I have seen many more attractive squares in Europe. You would not come to Locarno to admire the grandeur of this square. I can say the same about the old town. Now the lake side setting and views are a different story. They are stunning.
    Written May 5, 2024
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  • Oliver F
    167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    we hiked up the mountain to the Tibetan bridge, which was a strenuous 1.52h hike up. weather was great and while we took our time it was a pleasant hike. I would recommend the hike only for people who do regular sport otherwise use the ropeway.
    the bridge itself is stunning but nothing for people with fear of height. the bridge is moving slightly due to the wind and number of people. i enjoyed the experience.
    we hiked down which takes another 1-1.5h
    Written May 25, 2021
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  • NomadicTraveller7
    Fuerteventura11,564 contributions
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    There are spectacular views from the terrace, and the church itself is very attractive inside, as can be seen from the pictures. Stop in on the way down from the main railway station. Take the funicular back up.
    Written May 5, 2024
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  • Oana Vasiloiu
    Zurich, Switzerland16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice hike with turquise waters in the south part of Switzerland.
    However the place was not very crowded for end of august.
    Written September 17, 2021
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  • EVerm
    Bloemendaal, The Netherlands24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice church, not so big, but the view is breathtaking. Strategically build many years ago. A lot of stairs up, so not ideal for the less conditional person. There is not a straight way to the castle anymore.
    Written August 19, 2023
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