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Visitors a bit weak on their geography might hear the names Lugano, Ascona, Locarno, and Bellinzona and assume—quite naturally—that they're in Italy. Color photographs of the region might not even set them straight: nearly every publicity shot shows palm trees and mimosas, azure waters, and indigo skies. Surely this is the Italian Mediterranean or the coast of the Adriatic. But behind the waving date palms are telltale signs: fresh paint, manicured gardens, punctual trains. There's no mistake about it: it's a little bit of Italy, but the canton Ticino is decidedly Swiss.

Hotels

Ticino Hotels

The hotel industry of this Mediterranean region of Switzerland capitalizes on its natural assets, with lakeside views of... read more

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Ticino Restaurants

From rib-sticking local specialties like pizzoccheri to refined fare such as expertly grilled seafood and delicate homemade... read more

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Ticino Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Ticino

    Luscious Lugano: Nowhere in Ticino do Italian chic and Swiss quality mingle so perfectly. But there is more going on here than... Read more

  • Eating Well in Ticino

    Ticinese food has strong ties to northern Italian cooking—logically enough, since Lombardy and Piedmont in Italy segue right into... Read more

  • Ticino Lakes

    They say, "When in Rome … " but there's no need to travel so far south for a taste of the good life. Do as the ancient Romans did (and... Read more

  • Ticino's Fossil Trove

    Rooted firmly on the southern shores of Lago di Lugano, the 3,595-foot Monte San Giorgio has been an irresistible draw for paleontologists... Read more

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