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…
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…
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.
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).
Kids will love the displays of falconry here.
Wander among fragrant camellia blooms and ponds at these pretty lakefront gardens.
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.
The 16th-century Chiesa di San Francesco has frescos by Baldassare Orelli.
Guarded by a giant bas-relief St Christopher, the baroque-gone-mad Chiesa Nuova has cherubs and stucco smothering its pastel-painted interior.
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…