Holidays in Ticino

Sunny skies, Italian style and irresistible cuisine

Your choice of resorts in Ticino

The Italian speaking canton of Ticino occupies the balmy lakelands of the southern foothills of the Alps. You will find stunning natural beauty here - subtropical gardens and sparkling blue lakes ringed by lush green mountains. There are a choice of lakeside resorts, all offering cruises, mountain visits, walking opportunities, history, shopping and excellent cuisine. Bellinzona lies further inland and boasts three medieval castles and excellent connections to the Alps.

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Your choice of Ticino hotels

We'll find a hotel to suit you, whether you are looking for a traditional Swiss chalet-style hotel or a modern hotel with plenty of facilities. We can also recommend hotels throughout the region which offer a spa and pool, fine dining or stunning lakes and mountains views. 

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Your time in Ticino - things to see and do

This beautiful region offers so much. There are a choice of cruises on Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano, transporting you to idyllic lakeside villages. you can also visit the subtropical gardens of the Brissago Islands or take a dip in the water at one of the lidos. The local mountains are easily accessible via trains and funiculars and when you reach the summits you will find glorious views, walking trails and mountain restaurants. In the resorts you can visit old churches and sip a cold drink on one of the picturesque piazzas. Take a rail trip to Bellinzona for the famous castles.   

Your hotel will give you the Ticino Ticket, with free or discounted travel around the region and discounts for cruises and mountain travel. You can also use the Half Fare Card included with your holiday price, which gives a 50% discount. If you are planning to travel around on most days, please scroll down to discover more.

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Scenic rail holidays - a wonderful way to see Switzerland

Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts. We highly recommend the Gotthard Panorama Express to Lucerne or the Bernina Express to St. Moritz. The picturesque Centovalli Line also travels through the region to Brig.

If you prefer to base yourself in one resort, there are many scenic journeys to be enjoyed locally such as day trips. We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200.

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Walking in the region

This region lends itself to some very picturesque walks. Those who prefer gentle strolls will enjoy a leisurely 'passeggiata' along the promenades of Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano, maybe stopping for an ice cream or a cool drink in a waterside café. From Locarno and Ascona you can take the Centovalli Line train and hop off at one of the countryside stations for pleasant walks in scenic landscape. If you head up into the mountains from any of our resorts, you will find marked trails with glorious views. There are gentle walks, plenty of more challenging ones and experienced walkers could even try the five hour Traversata hike, which leads along the mountain ridge between Monte Tamaro and Monte Lema. 

 

 
Explore Ticino with our great value Travel Passes

With so much to visit in the region, we are pleased to advise you about the selection of Travel Passes. As well as saving you a great deal of money they also help you avoid the queues at the ticket office!

We will be delighted to help you choose the Pass that's right for you, depending on where you are staying, when you are travelling and how you plan to spend your time. Please call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice on the most cost effective option for your holiday.

Cost - Included with your holiday

Validity - Valid for the duration of your holiday. 50% discount on most rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.

Best value for visitors ...who are staying in one resort, and who plan to enjoy a handful of excursions as and when the mood takes them.

Cost - From £42 for 3 days. 4, 8 & 15 days also available

Validity - Available to buy year round. Includes unlimited travel on main rail routes (including scenic rail journeys), PostBus routes, most lake cruises, plus museum entry. 50% discount available on mountain rail and cable cars.

Best value for visitors ...who are booked on a two or multi centre holiday, or those planning to make several longer rail journeys.

Cost - Free

Validity - Valid for the duration of your stay. Free travel on trains and buses across the whole region. Discounts on lake cruises, mountain travel and entry to local attractions.

Best value for visitors ... who are staying in any of the Ticono resorts

 

 

Map of Ticino

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Planning your holiday

Call 0800 619 1200
  • Decide which resorts you would like to visit
  • Choose your scenic journeys
  • 1st or 2nd class rail travel in Switzerland
  • How many nights in each resort
  • Decide on bed & breakfast or half board
  • 3, 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation
  • Choose where to visit with your Half Fare Card
Holiday quotation