View of Ascona

Ascona is a small town next to Locarno at the Lake Maggiore in Ticino.


Ascona was able to maintain its charm as a colony of artists and drop-out even as the touristy Locarno developed into a big tourist destination. Strict limitations for cars ensure that the main center of the town is car free. Its tranquil people make this town a calming and refreshing visit. The old buildings have been beautifully kept restored. Ascona is popular for day trips and boat tours to the Isolas Brissago. The Lago Maggiore cools the town in summer and ensures a Mediterranean feeling in winter.

Get in

Several bus lines connect Ascona to Locarno which are run by the public transport system FART. There is no train station and the streets to Locarno are quite busy. It's possible to rent a bike in Locarno and ride over to Ascona but bus and car are the easiest was to get into the town.

Get around

The town is best discovered on foot as small lanes are in general pedestrian only






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