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Blink and you'll almost certainly miss this pint-sized hamlet, which looks as though it would topple down the terraced hillside with the slightest puff of wind. With a population of just 13, Switzerland's smallest village is something else: a ludicrously photogenic cluster of granite-built, slate-roofed houses seemingly pasted on to the steep, forested mountain flank. Lore has it that in past times locals tied fabric bags to their chickens' tails to stop the eggs rolling down the sheer slope.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

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1. Lavertezzo


While the church-topped village is as pretty as can be, it plays second fiddle to the grandiose backdrop of thickly forested mountains and the jade-green…

2. Santuario della Madonna del Sasso

4.74 MILES

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…

3. Parco Muralto

4.81 MILES

Locarno’s climate is perfect for lolling about the lake. Bristling with palms and ablaze with flowers in spring and summer, these gardens are a scenic…

4. Old Town

5.02 MILES

You can feel just how close you are to Italy when exploring Locarno's hilly Città Vecchia (Old Town), an appealing jumble of piazzas, arcades, churches…

5. Piazza Grande

5.04 MILES

Locarno’s Italianate Città Vecchia (Old Town) fans out from Piazza Grande, a photogenic ensemble of arcades and Lombard-style houses. A craft and fresh…

6. Chiesa Nuova

5.09 MILES

Guarded by a giant bas-relief St Christopher with disproportionately tiny feet, the baroque-gone-mad, 17th-century Chiesa Nuova has cherubs and stucco…

7. Chiesa di Sant'Antonio

5.14 MILES

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

8. Pinacoteca Casa Rusca

5.15 MILES

This gallery occupies a beautifully restored 18th-century townhouse, Casa Rusca. The permanent collection zooms in on 20th century paintings, sculpture…