Top things to do in Ascona

Top Choice Fusion in Ascona

Ecco

Super-chic Ecco flaunts two Michelin stars and dining here is an event. Chef Rolf Fliegauf runs the stove and works wonders with carefully selected seasonal ingredients to create dishes that are richly aromatic, edi…
Museum in Ascona

Museo Comunale d’Arte Moderna

Housed in the late-16th-century Palazzo Pancaldi, this museum showcases paintings by artists connected with the town, among them Paul Klee, Ben Nicholson, Alexej von Jawlensky and Hans Arp. But its pride and joy is …
Island in Ascona

Isole di Brissago

Marooned in the glimmering waters of Lake Maggiore, this tiny pair of islands is famous for its botanic gardens designed in the 19th century. Magnolias, orchids, yuccas and agaves are among the 1700 species that flo…
Ticinese in Ascona

Antica Osteria Vacchini

Sizzling and stirring since 1685, this restaurant stays true to the best of Ticinese traditions, with a rustic, vaulted interior and a large terrace for warm-weather dining. The house special is piodadella della Val…
Swiss in Ascona

Grottino Ticinese

If you're craving the rustic warmth and simplicity of a Ticinese grotto, this is your place. There's an attractive garden for summer day dining and a menu jam-packed with local faves like polenta, brasato (beef brai…
Lounge in Ascona

Seven Sea Lounge

DJ beats and cocktails make this lounge bar in Ascona's old port perfect for a sundowner with romantic views out across the lake to the Brissago Islands.
Music in Ascona

Settimane Musicali

Settimane Musicali is an international classical music festival that has been held annually in Ascona since 1946 from early September to mid-October.
Music in Ascona

Jazz Ascona

With the weather warming up in the second half of June, Ascona grooves into summer with local and international jazz acts.
Museum in Ascona

Museo Casa Anatta

The late 19th century saw the arrival of ‘back to nature’ utopians, anarchists and sexual libertarians from northern Europe in Ascona. Their aspirations and eccentricities are the subject of the Museo Casa Anatta on…
Historic Building in Ascona

Collegio Papio

The Collegio Papio, now a high school, boasts a fine Lombard courtyard and includes the 15th-century Chiesa Santa Maria della Misericordia, with medieval frescoes. You can only admire the main premises from the outs…