10 things to do in Locarno in spring

springtitleonly a few more days an it’s officially spring! Wohooooo!!! And like nature, our town is also slowly starting to wake up. I’m not saying there is nothing to do in winter, but spring is when the tourists start to arrive, the weather gets nicer, you can start to sit outside in the many pretty cafés and there is an event after the other. But what are the things you shouldn’t miss? Here’s my top ten. Continue reading

let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

nevetitleThis winter we didn’t see much snow here in Ticino, but then last weekend, surprise surprise, there it was! And not just a few snowflakes, it was the real deal! And people panicked, they weren’t ready for snow in March, streets were closed, the trains delayed or cancelled, and so on… But after a few hours everything was back to normal, but because of the warm temperatures the snow won’t last very long. So yesterday morning I just had to go out and take a few snapshots of the pretty landscape, of the snow on palm trees, along the lake walk, on Piazza Grande and next to the cafés in Ascona. It all looks so peaceful when covered in white, don’t you think? Continue reading

10 things to do in and around Locarno in winter

titlewinterI had in mind this blog entry for a long time, actually since I started the blog back in August, I was just waiting for the right time to write it, and the right time must be now, before the winter is over. Well, actually, to tell you the truth, although winter has technically started a few days ago, if I look out of the window I just see blue skies, the sun and not a lot of snow. But what can you do in and around Locarno once it gets really cold and wintery (no worry, I’m sure that time will come even this year)? Here are a few tips… Continue reading

Locarno to Tenero Sunday afternoon walk

titlelungoThis post is a no brainer, probably the easiest article I will ever write for this blog as it is simply an easy walk I take about once a month, often on a sunny Sunday afternoon, usually with my niece and nephew, sometimes with friends and occasionally alone. When I was younger I used to live near the “red path”, as we affectionately call it, and I cycled part of it to go to school or to the swimming pool in summer. It is tied to a lot of memories, but even for tourists traveling to this part of Switzerland it’s a wonderful way to spend a few hours walking next to the Lago Maggiore. Continue reading

10 things to eat in Ticino

titletifoodSitting together around a granite table and sipping local red wine out of a boccalino is still something we highly enjoy here in the area. Even better if it’s during a hot summer night in a cool grotto or in the wineyard. And if somebody gets out some cheese from the alp and a salametto, then you can be sure that nobody will leave the table for hours. Continue reading

Film Festival Locarno, a beginner’s guide

My biggest memory of Locarno is love. It’s a really beautiful place to screen a film and a wonderful place to watch a film. (Aamir Khan)

titlefestival-01It’s that time of the year again, when everything in Locarno becomes black and yellow and leopards pop up everywhere, it’s time for the film festival! If you have something to do with the industry you will most likely know about the festival, if not you’ve probably never heard of it. But if you like movies, and I’m not talking about the huge Hollywood productions, then you should definitely come to Locarno and experience the biggest of the small film festivals and follow the frenzy around the run for the golden leopard. Continue reading