Two beautiful towns on Lake Maggiore. Locarno is home to the Locarno International Film Festival and Ascona is a favorite location for summer travelers in the region. These are hubs when traveling to Minusio, Muralto, Orselina and the Castello Visconteo.
Val Verzasca is possibly the most famous valley in Ticino and one visit will show you why. From the dam James Bond bungee jumped off of in Goldeneye, to the Romanesque Lavertezzo bridges, to the smallest town in Switzerland (Corippo, Population: 14) to the Sonogno waterfalls at the top of the valley, you will have plenty to see when visiting this area; especially since you will want to stop along the river and bask in the sun on the glacial rocks, surrounded by the stunning beauty of Italian Switzerland.
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