Top Choice Museum in Locarno

Castello Visconteo

Named after the Visconti clan that long ruled Milan, this stout 15th-century castle’s nucleus was raised around the 10th century. It now houses a museum with Roman and Bronze Age exhibits and also hosts a small disp…
Top Choice Church in Locarno

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 1480. There’s a highly adorned church and several rather rough, near-life-size s…
Top Choice Gardens in Locarno

Giardini Pubblici

Locarno’s climate is perfect for lolling about the lake. Bristling with palms and banana trees, these botanic gardens are a scenic spot for a picnic or swim, and tots can let off steam in the adventure playground.
Gallery in Locarno

Pinacoteca Casa Rusca

This gallery occupies a beautifully restored 18th-century townhouse, Casa Rusca. Recent exhibitions include one dedicated to the abstract work of Swiss painter Hans Erni (1909–2014).
Wildlife Reserve in Locarno

Falconeria Locarno

Kids will love the displays of falconry here.
Gardens in Locarno

Parco delle Camelie

Wander among fragrant camellia blooms and ponds at these pretty lakefront gardens.
Area in Locarno

Città Vecchia

Locarno’s Italianate Old Town fans out from Piazza Grande, a photogenic ensemble of arcades and Lombard-style houses. A craft and fresh produce market takes over the square every Thursday.
Religious Site in Locarno

Chiesa di San Francesco

The 16th-century Chiesa di San Francesco has frescos by Baldassare Orelli.
Church in Locarno

Chiesa Nuova

Guarded by a giant bas-relief St Christopher, the baroque-gone-mad Chiesa Nuova has cherubs and stucco smothering its pastel-painted interior.
Historic Site in Locarno

Old Town

Stride out and about the Italianate piazzas and arcades, and admire the Lombard houses. There are some interesting churches. Built in the 17th century, the Chiesa Nuova has a dizzyingly ornate baroque ceiling. Outsi…