"Gelati", "grotto" and "lago" are just a few Italian buzzwords that those living in Switzerland’s north know by heart.
That’s because ice cream, charming pubs and glittering lakes are exactly what we need during the unpredictable months of spring. During April, the north can easily go through all four seasons within 24 hours. Meanwhile, Ticino in the south is getting most of the sun. Did you know that they grow palm trees in Switzerland? They are in Ticino.
Recently, we have soaked in the best that Ticino has to offer.
Here is the best of Ticino in spring:
Madonna del Sasso is a pilgrimage church high above Locarno. It can be reached by funicular, and the views are absolutely breathtaking...
Ronco sopra Ascona is oozing with charm! Down below in the lake is the tropical Brissago island:
To make a point, here is the view we encountered when we first approached this hillside village:
The camellia trees love Ticino's southern climate, here in Locarno:
And when it comes to "palm trees per capita", Ticino beats them all!
Meet the Mediterranean town of Ascona with its centuries old church tower:
We stumbled upon this secret passageway with a million dollar views!
The five-star Villa Orselina with its heated outdoor pool is one of our favorite spots to spend a weekend: