Ticino is a very special Swiss Canton. Located entirely on the Southern side of the Alps, it benefits from a glorious Mediterranean climate. This favourable condition greatly enhances the pleasure of visiting the territory in every season. Ticino is known as a sunny and welcoming canton that offers various activities in all its regions. Starting from Lugano, the largest city in the canton, cycling along the lakeshore and mountain biking are certainly among the favourite activities. Along Lake Maggiore or in the valleys near Ascona and Locarno you will find wonderful places to relax, hike or have a delicious meal in one of ours typical grotto. Eventually, in the regions of Bellinzonese and Mendrisiotto, UNESCO World Heritage Sites await to be visited, such as the castles of Bellinzona and the Monte San Giorgio.
The territory is quite vast but it is possible to get around efficiently and sustainably. The construction of the New Railway Link through the Alps has created a fast and efficient rail connection between Ticino and the rest of Switzerland. A milestone was the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in 2016, the longest railway tunnel in the world (57 kilometres). The Alpine Transversal was completed with the opening of the Ceneri Base Tunnel in December 2020. Since then, a train journey from Zurich to Lugano takes less than two hours, bringing Italian-speaking Switzerland closer to the north.
The Ceneri Base Tunnel even shortens the distances in the regional transport system and brings the different areas of Ticino closer. For instance, you can sleep in a hotel in Lugano and freely move around the entire canton. Speaking of hotels in Lugano, take a look at Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola and Resort Collina d’Oro. On one hand, Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola, set on the shores of Lake Lugano, is a magnificent 5-star resort of immense charm, nestled within a private, subtropical park. On the other, Resort Collina d’Oro is an elegant location, only a few minutes away from Lugano city centre, that offers privacy and quality, surrounded by an enchanting landscape with panoramic views over the Alps and the lake.
Furthermore, in Ticino you can travel for free! With the “Ticino Ticket”, tourists can use public transport freely throughout Ticino during their stay. Find out more at ticino.ch/getaway