From the Orselina funicular stop, a cable car rises every 30 minutes to 1332m Cardada, where a chair lift soars to Cimetta at 1672m....
Santuario della Madonna del Sasso
Overlooking the town, this sanctuary was built after the Virgin Mary supposedly appeared in a vision to a monk, Bartolomeo d’Ivrea, in...
For atmosphere, you can’t beat this slinky lounge bar, with white sofas gathered around the cobblestone, vine-draped courtyard of a...
Osteria del Centenario
Down by the lake, this is a top culinary address, turning out such clever dishes as suckling pig in peanut-curry crust and passionfruit...
From the Orselina funicular stop, a cable car goes to Cardada , and then a chairlift soars to Cimetta at 1672m. You can engage in some gentle hikes at Cardada and Cimetta. At the former, make for the promenade suspended above the trees, at the end of which is a lookout point with 180-degree views over the city, Lake Maggiore and the valleys beyond. The geological observation point at Cimetta goes one better, with 360-degree views. The mountain is sliced up by walking trails (paths are marked) that can have you stomping along from 1½ to four or so hours, depending on the trails you choose. Longer routes lead into the Valle Maggia and Val Verzasca. Cimetta is a popular launch spot for paragliders. If you want to have a go with an instructor in a tandem flight, contact Volo Libero Ticino . On the web page is a list of qualified instructors and details for contacting them. Locals get in a little ski practice up here in winter.