Redolent of a more peaceful bygone age, Rasa is an utterly charming stone village, clinging to high slopes, combed through with neatly tended vegetable gardens and topped off with a campanile. There's little to detain you in the way of actual attractions, but linger for a snapshot into local life and stirring views of the mountains that crumple the horizon. Walking trails fan out in all directions.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Ticino attractions

1. Intragna

2.44 MILES

Perching on a rocky ledge at the confluence of the Melezzo and Isorno rivers and looking into a valley bounded by mountain beyond mountain, Intragna has a…

2. Isole di Brissago

3.85 MILES

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,…

3. Museo Casa Anatta

4.84 MILES

The late 19th century saw the arrival of ‘back to nature’ utopians, anarchists and sexual libertarians from northern Europe in Ascona. Their aspirations…

4. Museo Comunale d’Arte Moderna

5.02 MILES

Housed in the late-16th-century Palazzo Pancaldi, this museum showcases paintings by artists connected with the town, among them Paul Klee, Ben Nicholson,…

5. Collegio Papio

5.15 MILES

The Collegio Papio, now a high school, boasts a fine Lombard courtyard and includes the 15th-century Chiesa Santa Maria della Misericordia, with medieval…

6. Gresso

5.26 MILES

Dwarfed by the scale of the mountains and forests rising above it, the close-knit hamlet of Gresso, with a population of just 30, is scenically perched at…

7. Re

5.51 MILES

Re, on the Italian side, sees a procession of pilgrims on 30 April each year, a tradition that originated when a painting of the Madonna was reported to…

8. Chiesa di Sant'Antonio

6.23 MILES

Standing proud on a fountain-dotted square, this church is best known for its altar to the Cristo Morto (Dead Christ).