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

Vista sul Lago di Dènero Lugano is the capital and the largest city of Ticino. That’s the incredibly beautiful and charming southern city with an abundance of interesting attractions. There is a unique monument of the Renaissance, the picturesque Cathedral of Saint Lawrence, which became the main symbol of the city. Another interesting religious site is the Church of St. Anthony, the facade of which is made in the best traditions of the Baroque style.
The mild climate makes Ticino attractive for recreation literally all year round. Fans of water sports, which have long chosen local lakes, arrive to this canton in summer months. It is a … Open
Among the architectural sights of the capital, Villa Favorita and Villa Ciani situated in extensive parkland deserve special attention. Fans of tourism would like Villa Castagnola that is home to the Museum of Art boasting a rich collection of paintings. The museum is one of the most interesting and ambitious in Europe. Lugano is often called ‘Little Naples;’ it is really very beautiful and interesting city to explore.
Travelers who want to get acquainted with the way of life of indigenous peoples are recommended to take a stroll around the neighborhood of the capital. There are several charming fishing villages that have managed to retain their unique charm. A major tourist center is the city of Locarno that is a permanent venue for major cultural events. Locarno is famous for its natural attractions, but there are still some important architectural sites too. One of the most interesting activities for tourists is climbing to Madonna del Sasso Hill. Its top is equipped with a spacious observation deck offering an unforgettable view of the city and its surroundings. Copyright
1. Those who expect to travel through the territory of the canton by car have to consider that there are pedestrian areas in many towns. Be careful while moving around mountain areas, as … Open
Some important sights of the region are located in Ascona, the beautiful old town with the busy embankment. It is fully available to the pedestrians; here there is always a unique atmosphere of harmony and tranquility. You can see a lot of beautiful buildings next to the waterfront; they house interesting shops and restaurants. Unique climate, rich nature and abundance of interesting attractions have made Ticino one of the most attractive places for cognitive and active recreation.
In the section below, you can get one of our excursion, activities or city discovery tours over Ticino 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 Ticino and surroundings

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Cathedrals and basilicas near Ticino
♥   Cattedrale S. Lorenzo, Lugano, 38.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Vittore, Intra di Verbania, 47.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Santuario di Santa Maria del Monte, Carese, 52.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Santuario-Basilica di Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Morbio Inferiore, 55.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Vittore Martire, Varese, 57.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Giorgio, Como, 61.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta, Como, 61.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Ticino and near

Gotthard-Strassen tunnel

From the series “The Greatest Tunnels in the World”
Those motorists who wish to go for a ride through the longest tunnel in Switzerland should definitely pay attention to the observance of the speed mode. The maximum tunnel’s speed limit is 80 km/h. Besides, a distance of 150 metres between the vehicles is advised. Fright transport is the major hazard in the tunnel, as traffic flows are very intense. The last major accident, which led to the death of 11 people, occurred in 2001 due to a collision of two trucks. Considering that the tunnel allocate only one lane in each direction, the above mentioned limitations of speed and distance does not seem to be a formality. … Read further

Contra Dam

From the series “The Greatest Dams in the World”
'The role' of the dam in the film was quite impressive. The agent 007 jumped from Contra Dam, when hundreds of thousands of fans came to this area. Since then, thousands of people strive to repeat the leap of the agent. The dam serves as a place for Bunjee Jumping. Contra Dam is also known among the fans of the other film - Dhoom 3. This was one of the most exciting moments of culminating. The tourists, who are not ready for such breathtaking entertainments, have a wide range of excursions. During the hike through the most beautiful places, you can learn about the history of the dam building and its peculiarities. … Read further
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Landmarks of culture on Ticino map: art-galleries, monuments, palaces, etc

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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Ticino

Culture guide to Ticino. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Ticino: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Ticino. 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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