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Culture of Locarno. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Locarno (Minusio) Locarno is an astonishing city with hot Italian temper. The first reference about the city dates back to the 8th century. The city has preserved the historical landmarks of different epochs. Locarno suburbs will unveil the ruins of ancient castles. One of the most stunning historical landmarks is considered to be the church Madonna del Sasso. It is set on the top of the high cliff dominating the city and enjoying the greatest panoramic view over its streets. The church was established in the 17th century and since that time its building has been preserved unchanged. Many unique artifacts including ancient icons are kept within the walls of that religious building.
Locarno is a good chance for active leisure enthusiasts. The city boasts scenic natural areas, a variety of entertainment centers and shops. Travelers eager to view the natural landmarks of … Open
Locarno has also preserved a fortifying building being the Visconti Castle. Nowadays a part of the halls of the castle are reequipped to the archeological museum which collection is regularly added with ever new artifacts. Among the presented objects the visitors can find the domestic items and antique firearms and weapon, jewelry and important historical documents. The connoisseurs of pictorial art should necessarily visit Art gallery in which the collection of artworks of local artists is exhibited.
Travelers can see many interesting architectural buildings scattered around the Piazza Grande. A unique historical building is placed there. It was built more than 300 years ago and today it hosts a renowned hotel. The main natural landmark is the Verzasca valley. Many touristic routes are crossing its territory. Hiking through the ancient reservation one can reach the ancient sea wall Verzasca Dam. This stroll will be of the greatest interest for extreme leisure enthusiasts as the wall opens a magnificent view over the suburbs. Copyright
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Travelers who will lack the local landmarks are recommended to visit the neighboring city of Askona. It also features a great variety of interesting historical landmarks, beautiful architectural buildings and ecclesiastical constructions. There are several museums which expositions give the visitors an insight into the life and culture of the city folks. There are few archeological areas in the suburbs of Locarno which attract tourists. All the visitors can hike though the historical areas and view the ruins of ancient buildings.
In the section below, you can get one of our excursion, activities or city discovery tours over Locarno and surroundings. Our website offers 10-30% lower ticket prices, when compared to the offline purchase on the spot.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Locarno and surroundings

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Public palaces near Locarno
♥   Palace 'Royal Villa of Monza' Monza, 74 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Castello Sforzesco' Milan, 83.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Locarno
♥   Cattedrale S. Lorenzo, Lugano, 21.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Vittore, Intra di Verbania, 30.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Santuario di Santa Maria del Monte, Carese, 34.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Santuario-Basilica di Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Morbio Inferiore, 39 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Vittore Martire, Varese, 39.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Giorgio, Como, 44.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta, Como, 45.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Locarno and near

Contra Dam

From the series “The Greatest Dams in the World”
An important tourist attraction is Contra Dam, located in Switzerland. Most tourists know it under the unofficial name - Verzasca dam. The unique architecture has long attracted curious tourists and active recreation enthusiasts. The dam construction took more than four years and ended in 1965. The dam, whose height is 220 meters, was chosen as the turning point of an episode of the film about James Bond in 1995. … Read further

Gotthard-Strassen tunnel

From the series “The Greatest Tunnels in the World”
One of the world’s longest tunnels is the Gotthard Road Tunnel. It is 17000 metres long. The underground motorway under the Lepontine Alps has specially been built to connect two major cantons – the northern Canton of Uri and the southern canton of Ticino. The construction began in 1969 and has been lasting for 11 years. Trips through the tunnel are easy and comfortable. The lighting system is carefully designed. … Read further
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Locarno

Culture guide to Locarno. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Locarno: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Locarno. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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