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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 13, 2016
Passenger boats  (2 Answers)

Can anyone tell me , do passenger boats sail from Locarno to Ascona on Lake Maggiore in the month of March ? If so where do i find info and timetables . Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2015
One day in Locarno area, what shouid I give up?  (1 Answer)

I hope my whole Q will show.. Each time I write they are cut in the middle.
On a 2 weeks trip to North Italy we have a few nights in Verbania on maggiore lake.
I had in mind spending one day in Locarno area, I think my plan is too hectic; I need your suggestions what to give up…
Travel from Verbania to Locarno – continue to Verzassca valley, till Sonogno at the end and back – with some stops to tour the valley , but not long walks.
Then return lo Locarno, go to Madonna del Sasso by funicular or by car (is it possible? Is there a parking?) Continue to Cardada and maybe Cimeta stations, enjoy the view, maybe make short hikes, return to the Church and explore it, then descend to the city and take the Centovalley Train route but do it by car,,,up to Domodossola, and from there return to Verbania.,
The original plan was to take the train to Sta Maria Maggiore and back, but I read recommendations of doing it by car, easier to stop at any village and tour around without waiting for the train, and in the end returning directly to Verbania. No need to do the way back again to Locarno. The driver is a very good one.
This whole plan is more than 4 hours by google maps, it might be too much for one day so :
Shall I give up Verzasca ?
Give up the Madonna del Sasso or the Cardada (we'll have plenty of funicular and high mountains in Italy)
Centovalley road?
If I shall do it , by car or by train…if I choose train I certainly need to cut other places, it will take a cupple of hours.
Visit Ascona instead of some other place?

I'm not going to purchase the swiss permit for motorways, so take that in count. (it's not worth for a cupple of hours) I can't go on motorways – and I sure hope I didn't plan a road including them , I thought I didn't.
The area norther of Verbania Villa Taranto, Cannobio, Santa Ana canyon is for another's day plan.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2015
the Centovalli railway.(Swiss) car?  (8 Answers)

I'll be travelling the lakes area and Dolomites in Italy. From Verbania on maggiore lake we had in mind touring a day the Locarno area. Verzasca valley, Locarno - madonna del sasso, cardada, cimetta, and at last do the Centovalli road from Locarno To Sta Maria Maggiore, and then rerturn to Verbania. I thought I had to do it by train...and wait...and go back and forth. Then I read somewhere that it is possible to take that road by car too... .Is this correct? Is it the same view? Is it very hard to drive? or very dangerous? This way it's quicker to see the places on the way without waiting for the train on each stop, and we can travel back from Sta Maria de maggiore and not having to go back again to Locarno . I didn't find it in any book or article, but people wrote they have done this and that it's a good idea. What do you say about this option?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2014
Centovalli rail from domosolla to Lucern via Locarno  (3 Answers)

Can I buy FART ticket for Aug 6 2014 online now? When I checked it will only accept the month of MAy

Domossolla to Lucerne vis Locarno ( FART)

If I cannot buy ticket, my train from Milan comes in at 2:45 pm and there is a 4 mon walk to downstairs to buy ticket . I have only apprx half hour to walk, buy , and board the next avail train. Will this be enough time?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 03, 2014
snow around mid-April near Locarno  (1 Answer)

Where can we expect to find snow around mid-April near Locarno

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 03, 2014
Monte Costa or Monte Rasa or Monte Comino  (1 Answer)

Monte Costa or Monte Rasa or Monte Comino

which one is much better. or is it worth to see all of them in one day

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 09, 2012
Christmas in Locarno?  (6 Answers)


A friend and I would like to spend three or four days in Locarno over Christmas. I've been before, but a friend has told me that restaurants and bars will be closed over this period (24 - 31 December). Is this true? We don't need a huge variety of options but we will need to eat out and hopefully spend night or two in the bars as well as finding B&B within a couple of kilometres of the town.

Can anyone advise me? Would Lugano or Ascona be better options?

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 27, 2012
Vacation Rental in Locarno  (3 Answers)

We are looking for a vacation rental in Locarno, Switzerland close to the center as we use public transportation to explore the area. Does anyone have any recommendations for a vacation flat or condo? If not in Switzerland is there a town in Italy close to the border that would have access to the train line to Locarno. It would wonderful to have a view of the lake.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2010
Recommended travel from Locarno to Verona  (3 Answers)

What is the best way to get from Locarno to Verona during end of September? We are traveling without a car.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2010
Hiring bike in Camedo and returning at Ponte Brolla  (1 Answer)

Does anyone know if there are bikes available for kids at the camedo station ? is it a technical ride going to Ponte Brolla ? is the ride on a naroow or eide trail or is it on the road ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 18, 2010
Getting to Locarno  (3 Answers)

I am flying to Europe to go to Locarno for a conference.

Is it easier to get to Locarno from Milan or Zurich? I am interested in train service or other convenient quick method.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2009
Ferry day passes  (4 Answers)

My wife and I plan on staying in Locarno in early September, 2010. I can find a lot of general information about ferries, but not much specific about fares, passes, areas. My questions are:

1- Are there ferry passes available that are good for several of the lakes i.e. Maggiore, Como, etc. ?

2- Are there passes that are good for the ferries portions of travel both in Italy and Switzerland?

3-Where can I find info on number of days and costs of the passes?

4-Any recommendations for traveling to the most scenic spots on the lakes and minimizing car driving time??

Thanks in advance for info and your time to respond.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2009
Centovalli railway  (6 Answers)

anybody knows the price for the scenic ride from Locarno to Domodossola (hope i got the spelling right). i would like to know the price of a return ticket and the frequency of the trains back and forth. want to do a day trip and be back in Lucarno to explore another little village Ascora (something like that). is it doable? thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2009
Name that Statue

On an all too brief visit to Locarno a month ago, I photographed a large statue near to or in the gardens adjoining the lake shore - and within walking distance of the railway station - and would like to know what it is about and to whom dedicated. It is in grey granite (?) with a Toscanini-like figure apparently reading from a scroll and surmounting a deep plinth, on which are a succession of human figures. I hope this brief description will serve to identify it. My photograph is good and clear but the inscriptions do not seem readable. Thank you.I liked Locarno and my train journey through CentoValli but I doubt I shall much longer be able to travel in Switzerland/Italy

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2008
Madonna del Sasso  (2 Answers)

I would like to visit Madonna del Sasso in Locarno on my way from Bellinzonna to Val Maggia. Does anybody know if we can get there by car? Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 23, 2007
Film Festival  (1 Answer)

I'd like to attend the film festival in Locarno in August. Can anyone help me to fins very cheap accomodation? I'll only use the place for sleeping since I'll be busy on following the film festival. I ama film critic and I'll be out all days during the fest:) Thanks in adavnce!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2007
Accomodations in Locarno--July  (1 Answer)

Can anyone recommend a good budget B&B or pension in Locarno for July?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 31, 2006
bicycling around lago maggiore

I want to bicycle anound lago maggiore in june.
how are the roads ? is there a lot of traffic? is it dangerous? are places to stay easy to find? where can i find a good map of the lake? any info would be very helpful
Thanks, tony

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2006
Who knows mountainbikeroutes and walkingroutes near Lago Maggiore?  (2 Answers)


We want to do some short (not heavy, we are starters!) mountainbike-routes in the neighbourhood of Cannobio/ Locarno (maximum of 40 kilometers). Does anybody know one? Please let me know how to find them (signs) or send me a roadmap/discription from the tour.

The same for a walkingtour; we like to do a walking tour to a mountainlake (ice-lake) or on higher mountains to the top. Please let us know if you have tips.

THANKS; greetings Karin.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2006
Which of the two would be better for a November holiday - Lugano or Locarno?  (5 Answers)

LUGANO or LOCARNO - which of these two is a better choice for holidaying in November ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2004
Campeggio Piccolo Paradiso

I've just found out that our climbing club will hold its annual summercamp on Campeggio Piccolo Paradiso near Avegna in the Ticono region of Switzerland. Is there anyone who has been there and has comments on this campground? I've found a site about it on the net but personal insights are always more valuable, I think.

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