Welcome to Ticino


The Alps are every bit as magnificent as elsewhere in Switzerland, but here you can admire them while sipping a full-bodied merlot at a pavement cafe, enjoying a hearty lunch at a chestnut-shaded grotto (rustic Ticino-style inn or restaurant), or floating in the mirror-like lakes of Lugano and Locarno. Ticino tempers its classic Alpine looks with Italian good living.

To the north, the stunning medieval fortress town of Bellinzona keeps watch over valleys speckled with homely hamlets and Romanesque chapels. Rearing above them are wild, forested peaks with endless hiking options past lakes and roaring mountain streams.


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$15.42 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Swissminiatur Entrance Ticket

Visit: SwissminiaturIn an area of 14,000 m2 visitors can admire more than 120 models at scale of 1:25 which represent the most important buildings, monuments and transportation means in Switzerland. A 3,560m long model railway with 18 trains runs through the park. It is fascinating to watch the variety of trains that run along the tracks, cross bridges and stop by at stations. Boats are also in motion on the lakes, cable cars and funiculars go up and down the mountains and cars move along the highway.For garden lovers, the whole park is beautifully decorated with a selection of 1,500 different plants and over 15,000 flowers. There are several coin operated rides for children.

$1017.54 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Ticino Gastronomy Explorer

Day 1: Arrival SwitzerlandLunchtime arrival in Lugano,  checking-in  to a centrally located 3-star hotel for 2 nights. Your included Ticino Ticket allows free public transportation in the entire Canton of Ticino, allowing your ample free time in the afternoon to explore Lugano and the surroundings. Later in the afternoon (15:00) you will meet your local guide in front of the Cultural Centre and enjoy a short 30-minute introduction to the city before crossing Lake Lugano by boat. Upon arrival at the  local restaurant, enjoy an aperitif before taking part in our fabulous Risotto Workshop Experience.Day 2: Locarno– AsconaToday we take your Ticinese gastronomic experience a step further, with our Lugano food and wine tour. Enjoy a guided tour around the historical city of Lugano, making several stops en route to sample several regional specialities, washed down with a Ticinese Merlot.Day 3: Locarno and SurroundingsYour morning is free to explore other parts of the region with your included Ticino Ticket. Connecting travel arrangements to and from Lugano can be tailored to suit your exact needs.

$74.82 Transfers & Ground Transport

Low Cost Private Transfer From Lugano Airport to Lugano City - One Way

Don’t exhaust yourself with delays and problems in public transport. Our driver will be waiting for you at the airport and will bring you to your location in Lugano quick and safe. Do not worry about finding your way to the taxi’s while carrying a big luggage as your private driver will be waiting for you in the arrival terminal holding  a sign with your name on it. The driver will monitor your flight in case of delay. Once you arrived he will assist with your luggage and lead you to the car. After you and the driver double-checked the destination you provided us with he will take you straight to your destination in Lugano. While driving you can enjoy the rural and urban areas of Lugano and might pass by the famous Monte San Salvatore or the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence. When you book, please provide us with your flight number and full address of your centrally located destination in Lugano. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to your private driver.

$642.97 Outdoor Activities

Racing Experience Test Drive Mix of Racing and Super Cars

The circuit is located at the area of the PO valley, not far from Milan. A beautiful sightseeing with great places to eat and relax. The river PO is part of the Ticino river that starts at Switzerland.After your arrival at the track, you will be welcomed and you will meet the team, followed by a theoretical lesson on how to drive correctly - that means a full understanding of the correct racing line, braking points, clipping points, turning points, acceleration and special notes needed for you to really feel the emotion of driving fast.After this you will get familiar with track regulations including flags colors and meaning, to understand the marshal’s signs, how to behave in the pit lane and so on. Now you will get to know your machine – driving positions, braking pedals and shifting methods... and this is it, you are ready for the real thing!Start the engine, you will get on the track with an instructor next to you and he will guide you to the whole way, implementing the things you have learned into a real racing action.Where applicable,it is possible to change type of cars according to the availability at that day. GOPro onboard camera is included. Time on the track premises will be about 2-3 hours.Typical,tentative day program:09.00: Welcome, registration and staff introduction09.15: Theoretical course and Briefing. 10.00: Entering the circuit with a professional instructor.11:00-12:00 End of the activity.

$1110.59 Day Trips & Excursions

Leonardo da Vinci and Renaissance Jewels around Milan

Start the day visiting an outstanding monument such as The Certosa of Pavia, nowadays still operating as a monastery. The Certosa, founded in the countryside between Milan and Pavia by the lord of Milan Gian Galeazzo Visconti at the end of the 14.th century, originally was designed to become the funeral chapel of the family.It is composed by a church, full of different jewels of art, and two marvelous cloisters, where the monks used to pass their whole life, praying and working the fields near their cells.At the end of this surprising visit we'll move to a "trattoria" set in the countryside around Pavia enjoying tasteful dishes of local tradition. In the afternoon we'll visit Vigevano, a beautiful small town near the Ticino river, where the lord of Milan Ludovico il Moro at the end of the 15.th century involved two outstanding artists, Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante in the building and the decoration of a part of the castle and the incredible central square, considered one of the most beautiful square in Italy. You won't find anything similar anywhere else!

$462.52 Day Trips & Excursions

Lugano Day Tour with Risotto Lunch

Meet your guide in your hotel lobby and take guided walk through the historic center of Lugano. Visit the the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli Church with magnificent frescoes, Nassa Street and its exclusive fashion stores, the Piazza della Riforma and its geranium cascaded buildings, and see how modern architecture can fit in to a historic context in Lugano's new conference center, and many more interesting sights. Continue your walk through the superbly landscaped park with magnificent trees from around the world before boarding a local bus to the starting point of the 1 hour walk on the paved historic “Olive Trail” along the lakeside. At the end of the trail you reach the picturesque  village of Gandria perched on the cliff-side next to Lake Lugano.From Gandria board a public boat and cruise to your lunch stop at a typical Ticino "grotto", a simple outdoor tavern in a quiet place shaded by trees, where everyone enjoys eating products of the local cuisine and drinking the local Merlot wine that is served in a special glass called a "boccalino".  Your grotto host will set you up with all the ingredients and tools for you to start stirring your own classic "Grotto Risotto" lunch with plenty of instructions and encouragement from the chef. Enjoy local Ticino red or white wine while you focus on making your risotto but don't forget to look up and admire the breathtaking views over Lake Lugano with its surrounding mountains and villages. In the mid-afternoon the public boat returns to collect you to take you back to Lugano.

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