Locarno

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See castles and historic buildings in this picturesque city. A remarkable church hides in the depths of a cliff overlooking a sparkling lake.

Locarno sits on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore, which is nestled in the Alps. Its intriguing history interweaves castles, churches and Roman occupation. Enjoy the city built around the main plaza in the historic center. Nearby suburbs are made up of agricultural land, forests, lakes and rivers.

Explore the antique buildings around Piazza Grande in the center of the city. The spacious square features events and festivals. Dine al fresco at one of the restaurants surrounding the plaza. Gaze up at the Civic Tower. You’ll find many shops around Piazza Grande, as it is the main commercial area of Locarno.

Visit the Madonna del Sasso, a majestic church sitting on the edge of a cliff overlooking the lake. Take a 20-minute walk through picturesque woodland with inspiring views of the lake to reach the holy site. You can also reach the church by chairlift. Look down on the city of Locarno below from the towering heights. Inside, admire the ornate interior and numerous artworks.

At the Astrovia Locarno walking and cycling track, see a model of the solar system created to a scale of 1:1 billion. The sun is 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) from the farthest part of the model, Pluto.

Find the Castello Visconteo, a 13th-century castle in the old town. Admire the ruins of the structure that have survived almost a millennium. The museum inside provides information about archeological sites in Locarno.

Take a boat out onto Lake Maggiore. It is 43 miles (69.2 kilometers) wide, making it the largest lake in the Ticino region.

The official language of the region is Italian. Like northern Italy, Locarno has warm, pleasant summers and cool winters with some snow.

The larger city of Lugano is about 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) south of Locarno, beyond Lake Maggiore. Make sure to visit these postcard-pretty Alpine cities in southern Switzerland.

Hotel dell'Angelo
Hotel dell'Angelo
3 out of 5
Piazza Grande, Locarno, TI
The price is AU$106 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Located in the heart of Locarno, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza Grande and Madonna del Sasso. Mount Cardada is 6.7 mi (10.9 km) away. Muralto ...
3.7/5Good! (688 reviews)
"Very close to the city centre and easily accessible. Luggage could be stored before checkin. Parking was easily accessible."

Reviewed on 14 Aug. 2021

Hotel dell'Angelo
Hotel City Locarno, Design & Hospitality
Hotel City Locarno, Design & Hospitality
3 out of 5
Via Giuseppe Cattori 4, Locarno
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$209 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
Located in the heart of Locarno, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Casino Locarno and Piazza Grande. Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca and Madonna del Sasso ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (331 reviews)
Our hotel of choice in Locarno, always satisfied
"Excellent location near city center and lake, friendly staff, clean and comfortable room, on-site parking. This has been our hotel of choice for several years when we visit Locarno, and we have never been disappointed."

Reviewed on 11 May 2021

Hotel City Locarno, Design & Hospitality
H4 Hotel Arcadia Locarno
H4 Hotel Arcadia Locarno
4 out of 5
Lungolago G. Motta, Locarno, TI
The price is AU$283 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
This family-friendly Locarno hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Casino Locarno and Piazza Grande. Falconeria Locarno and Pinacoteca ...
4.3/5Excellent! (505 reviews)
"The hotel was overpriced, even for Easter weekend. But we enjoyed the stay and the hotel. Great location and nice restaurant."

Reviewed on 13 Apr. 2021

H4 Hotel Arcadia Locarno
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Great2Stay
Great2Stay
3 out of 5
9 Via Cittadella, Locarno
Located in the heart of Locarno, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Grande and Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca. Casino Locarno and Madonna ...
4.3/5Excellent! (10 reviews)
"Gute zweckmässige Ausstattung. Preis / Leistung. Top. Coole Location. Würde ich jederzeit wieder buchen"

Reviewed on 18 Jun. 2021

Great2Stay
Art Apartment
Art Apartment
4 out of 5
Via Bernardino Luini 7, Locarno
Situated in Locarno, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Casino Locarno and Piazza Grande. Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca and Madonna del Sasso ...
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
average stay
"We had planned a short stay as we had to be in the area for a family happening, apartment was very complicated to find as there were so many explanations given (email details received from agency), apartment was clean on surface but in some places it must have been forgotten. No wifi available, no ..."

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2020

Art Apartment
Solemonte
Solemonte
Via del Tiglio 17D, Locarno, Locarno
Situated in Locarno, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Madonna del Sasso and Piazza Grande. Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca and Casino Locarno ...
Solemonte
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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