Ascona is Locarno’s smaller twin on the opposite side of the delta of the Maggiore. It’s often called the "Pearl of Lake Maggiore". Ascona is worth a day trip! It is situated near the delta of the Maggia river, on the shores of a splendid and sunny bay. Ascona has grown a large pedestrian zone - traffic free - in its historical center. The village is known as a center for arts, and the backstreets are filled with art galleries and craft shops.
How to get there: Just about 10 minutes by bus from Locarno.
Tourist information at Piazza S. Pietro, Casa Serodine (0914 791 00 91).
Stay overnight in Locarno.
The Brissago Islands. A visit to the botanical gardens on the Islands of Brissago is a must for anyone staying in the region. A beautiful one or half-day trip! A boat brings you from every destination around Lake Maggiore to this beautiful island, home to fantastic flowers only seen in subtropical areas.