Ascona is located on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore and, at 196 meters above sea level, is the lowest town in Switzerland. The town is known for its charming old town, the picturesque southern lakeside promenade with its inviting street cafés and its pleasantly mild climate.
In the historic center, called Borgo, is the impressive church of San Pietro e Paolo, a 16th century columned basilica. Its tall bell tower is the landmark of the vacation resort. The winding alleyways of the old town lead to the car-free lakeside promenade, which is lined with charming street cafés.
Above Ascona lies Monte Verità, the mountain of truth. At the beginning of the 20th century, lateral thinkers founded a colony here that attracted celebrities from all over the world. Today, the mountain serves as a seminar site for the universities of Lucerne and Zurich. A museum tells the story of this alternative colony and its founders.
In close proximity to Locarno, the vacation resort of Ascona offers a wide range of activities and amenities. These include a beautiful 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, elegant boutiques for relaxed shopping, a spacious lido, upscale hotels and an abundance of excellent restaurants.
There are also picturesque walks in the countryside, while water sports enthusiasts have the opportunity to practise surfing, sailing and other water sports. Those who want to explore the beauty of Lake Maggiore can also go on boat trips.
The nearby side valleys of Ticino, such as the Maggia Valley and Centovalli, inspire with their wonderfully wild nature and offer numerous opportunities for excursions, hikes and mountain bike tours.
Video Ascona in Ticino
Ascona is a municipality in the neighborhood of Locarno in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland and is located on the shores of Lago Maggiore.
The city is a popular tourist destination because of its Mediterranean architecture and cozy locality under palm trees on the lake promenade. In the beautiful month of June we took a small hotel and visited the beautiful place in the south of Switzerland.