Locarno Switzerland


Mar 6th, 2010, 06:32 PM
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Locarno Switzerland

I am planning a trip to Switzerland in June and planning on staying in Locarno for two nights. I am interested in taking the Centravalli Railroad into Stresa then a ferry to the different towns and islands. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions??
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Mar 7th, 2010, 01:22 AM
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Yes, I do have a tip. Actually more than one. First, the Centovalli (notice spelling!) train runs to Domodossola in Italy from where you need to catch another train to Stresa. There's no direct train Locarno - Stresa.

Second, start the day early because island hopping in Lake Maggiore takes time. You'll hardly have enough time to see more than one island (if you allow yourself some time to wander around and actually enjoy the beauty of the islands).

Third, take a boat back to Locarno.

Info on timetables here:

The last boat back to Locarno leaves Isola Bella 4.20 pm / Isola Madre 4.26 pm.

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Mar 7th, 2010, 06:03 AM
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Thank you for tips. The timetable is especially helpful. Now I will have to decide which Island to see!!
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Mar 8th, 2010, 05:03 AM
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Ascona is a beautiful little town just 10 min. by bus from Locarno. Go there in the evening and enjoy the promanade and atmosphere. There's a nice walk to the harbour as well.

I could also tell you where the nudist beach is but am not sure if you're interested.
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Mar 8th, 2010, 06:33 AM
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There's a nice excursion out of central Locarno. You take a funicular up to the Madonna del Sasso church, then switch to a gondola and finally a chairlift up to the Cardada ski area. Magnificent views of Lago Maggiore and the Alps all the way up.

There are boats directly to the Isole Belle from Locarno.
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Mar 8th, 2010, 08:19 AM
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One tip: sit on the left-hand side of the train. A few years ago, I took the Centrovalli train from Locarno to Domodossola. For no particular reason, I sat on the right-hand side of the train. Shortly after leaving Locarno, I discovered that most of the dramatic scenery could be seen only by people sitting on the left-hand side. By that time, that side of the train was full, and so I missed the best views.
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May 4th, 2012, 06:21 PM
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I would like to take a Ferry from Locarno to Stresa on June 5,2012. Is there a way for me to purchase tickets in advance and secure a reservation?
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