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Type of Location
Hill Station
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Lugano airport. Then take the bus to Lugano and the train to Locarno.

By Train

Regular trains link Locarno directly with Zurich, Basel, Lucerne, Milan and Bellinzona. The Centovallina train line connects Locarno and the Simplon line

By Car

From the east, take highway A2 Basel to Chiasso, exit at Bellinzona South, direction Locarno. After the Magadino airport, take the A13 highway,direction Locarno. After the tunnel, the first exit will bring you in the center of Locarno. Parking available in the new Piazza Castello parking.

Key places to visit
Maggia Valley, Maggia, Lavertezzo, Val Verzasca, Piazza Grande


Places to Visit

Maggia Valley

This driving tour is 45km/28mi from Locarno to Fusio: a good road, almost level as far as Bignasco.
Leave on the Centovalli road and in 4km/2mi, at Ponte Brolla (260 m/953ft, turn off to the right into a road which ascends the left bank of the Maggia, in a wide valley enclosed between steep wooded crags. 7.5km/5mi: church of Santa Maria della Grazie di Campagna, with a wooden ceiling and 16th C. frescoes. From this point it is 0.5km/less than 0.5mi to Maggia.


Maggia (347 m/1,139ft) is situated among extensive vineyards. In the village are charming old houses with arcades, picturesque courtyards and wooden balconies. Above the village the Baroque Parish church of San Maurizio, the oldest in the valley, has fine stucco work and 17th C. statues inside. It is a short walk to a beautiful waterfall. From here it is 5km/3mi to Giumaglio.


Lavertezzo (548 m/1,798ft), at the mouth of the wide Val Lavertezzo, is a charming village with a two-arched bridge and a quarry of excellent granite. The road then climbs through the villages of Aquino (574 m/1,883ft), Motta (623 m/2,044ft) and Chiosetto (645 m/2,116ft) and crosses to the other bank of the river. From there it is 8km/5mi to Brione-Verzasca.

Val Verzasca

From Gorbola the road winds its way uphill to the left and continues along the left bank of the river high up on the slopes of the deeply slashed Val Verzasca, an inhospitable valley which has been considerably changed by the construction of a dam. It has few inhabitants except in summer. 3km/2mi farther on is the Verzasca dam.

Piazza Grande

Locarno's main square is the broad Piazza Grande, which extends westwards from the landing-stage for some 400 m/1,312ft, with arcades containing shops on its north side.

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