Ticino. The Italian region. Walking Locarno.

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Switzerland – We arrive in Bellinzona in the Ticino region in the South of Switzerland where we spend two nights at Hotel and Spa Internationale. Overlooking the main train station and up towards the town square, there is a view across to a hill scattered with castles, a true Italian style restaurant below.

There’s a different atmosphere here, a more relaxed appeal, yet Swiss efficiency is not compromised. Have I happened upon the perfect world?

We take a full day to explore nearby Locarno on foot; cobblestoned roads, side streets with bicycles casually leaning against ancient walls, art and heritage centers, all gathered around the old square with Lake Maggiore nearby.

A funicular takes us to Sacro Monte Madonna del Sussa, which we explore at length before the next stretch by cable car to Cardada, and a ski lift to the very summit. We lunch outside at a traditional polenta restaurant, views towards the lake and fluffy cows bringing the song of cowbells to the easy wind. It is as idyllic as it sounds.

Heading back we get lost in the woods, somewhat intentionally taking the unbeaten path into the trees. Wanting to feel more of the magic before we return to the cable car, the village below and an afternoon of coffee drinking and casual chats next to Lake Maggiore in nearby Ascona.

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Walkways, arches, churches and gorgeous buildings.

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Lake Maggiore scenes.

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Dream team #SwitzerlandwithSWISS next to Lake Maggiore.

See here for more on my time in Ticino.

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