Tips for three autumn days in Ascona-Locarno Culinary and sporting adventures

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Intro

The sun-drenched region of Ascona-Locarno has plenty of Mediterranean flair and boasts a wealth of hikes and regional specialities. The highest valley in Ticino is also a great choice for anyone who enjoys sports.

Day 1

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Lavertezzo: Revöira circular hike

Lavertezzo is famous for its stone arch bridge that spans the aqua waters of the Verzasca River. It’s hard to fathom that this valley with its abundance of water once suffered from a lack of water. This circular hike provides a glimpse of how villagers made use of an unusual water catchment system to deal with this problem. Basins were set up on the left side of the valley on the mountain pastures of Revöira and Ca d Dént to store water, which was very often in short supply.

This leisurely circular hike passes by reservoirs and takes hikers on a journey back in time to an era when the search for water was a true art.

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Day 2

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Locarno-Muralto: A guided cycling tour for gourmets 

A gourmet tour of the region: The tour starts in Locarno and follows the crystal clear waters of the Maggia River to Losone and Ascona. Along the way, you’ll visit three wine cellars and farms at which you can sample local specialities.

As well as getting the chance to taste various regional wines, you’ll be offered some delicious culinary treats. The trip also includes visits to bakeries, confectioners and a coffee roasting house, where the aroma of fresh coffee will greet you at the door. Having been wined and dined, you’ll then return to the tour’s starting point in Locarno. 

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Day 3

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Dirinella – Contone: Following the educational trail

The “Between Mountains and Lake” educational trail leads from the small fishing hamlet of Dirinella to the bustling village of Contone in the well-known Magadino Plain.

On this approximately 6.5 hour walk, you’ll get the chance to learn fascinating facts about the history, economy and flora and fauna of the region. The trail crosses meadows, passes by traditional Ticino villages and runs through vibrant orange beech and chestnut woods, with the glittering blue waters of Lake Maggiore on your left and the impressive Monte Gambarogno on your right.   

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Restaurant tip

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Brione sopra Minusio: Ca’ Nostra

At Ca’ Nostra, Claudia and Gianluca work hard to ensure their family restaurant is an authentic taste of Ticino. The welcoming restaurant makes guests feel completely at home while they enjoy a sophisticated menu.

Ca’ Nostra has long-standing relationships with its suppliers, enabling it to serve up creative dishes using local ingredients. Diners can enjoy a unique view of Lake Maggiore and the autumnal colours of the Gambarogno and Locarnese regions. When staying near Lake Maggiore a visit to a grotto – a simple tavern in the woods or near a mountain – is a must.

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Hotel tip

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Locarno-Muralto: Hotel & Lounge Lago Maggiore

The contemporary-styled rooms of this bike hotel feature furnished balconies, from which guests can sit back and enjoy the wonderful view over the glittering Lake Maggiore. The sleek rooms feature a natural colour palette and are equipped with the latest technology.

The Hotel & Lounge Lago Maggiore is primarily aimed at active and sporty guests looking to relax after a challenging day or continue training in the fitness room. The recently renovated hotel was reopened this spring and boasts its own bike workshop.

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