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 Castle in Bellinzona


Rising dramatically above the Old Town, this medieval stronghold is Bellinzona’s most visible icon. Head up Salita San Michele from Piazza Collegiata, or take the lift, buried deep in the rocky hill in an extraordin…
Top Choice Castle in Bellinzona

Castello di Montebello

On cloudless days, you can see Lago Maggiore from this 13th-century hilltop fortification. The fortress is one of Bellinzona’s most impressive with its drawbridges, ramparts and small museum catapulting you back to …
Top Choice Church in Lugano

Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli

This simple Romanesque church contains two frescos by Bernardino Luini dating from 1529. Covering the entire wall that divides the church in two is a grand didactic illustration of the crucifixion of Christ. The pow…
Top Choice Cathedral in Lugano

Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

Lugano’s early-16th-century cathedral conceals some fine frescoes and ornate baroque statues behind its Renaissance facade. Out front are far-reaching views over the Old Town’s jumble of terracotta rooftops to the l…
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 Castle in Bellinzona

Castello di Sasso Corbaro

From central Bellinzona it’s a 3.5km hike south to the Castello di Sasso Corbaro. Perched high on a wooded hillside, the castle is an austere beauty with its impenetrable walls and sturdy towers.
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.
Casino in Campione d'Italia

Campione d’Italia Casino

The 12-storey casino, converted by Lugano’s favourite architect, Mario Botta, into Europe’s biggest in 2005, does a brisk business. Smart dress is required.
Gallery in Lugano

Museo Cantonale d’Arte

This regional art gallery celebrates the work of modern artists (mostly 19th- and 20th-century masters) from the region.