Between Culture, Lake and Mountain.
Located on the slopes of Monte Ceneri, the district of Locarno overlooks the northern side of Lake Maggiore and is the second largest district in the Canton in terms of size and population. Although small, the region icludes different types of territory, alternating between urban centres, such as Locarno and its adjoining municipalities, and lakeside holiday resorts, such as the ancient village of Ascona and Brissago with its islands, and mountain resorts such as Cardada Cimetta and, finally, transit valleys such as the Centovalli, the Maggia Valley and the Verzasca Valley.
Thanks to the morphology of the territory and its privileged position on the lake, the district of Locarno is renowned for its tranquillity and is chosen by thousands of tourists every year for relaxing holidays. The Locarno region also boasts a rich artistic and cultural heritage, characterised by historical centres and famous buildings (including Piazza Grande and Castello Visconteo) and by cultural events of international importance such as the Locarno Film Festival, the Moon & Stars Music Festival and the Ascona Jazz Festival.