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Design & Lifestyle

Enjoy an unforgettable taste of Italian lifestyle with special activities that reflect the essence of the city of Locarno and the Ticino region: a unique mix of history, art, culture and design.

Locarno historic town centre and lakefront

After breakfast at the Belvedere, start your day by heading down to the lakefront for a coffee at Café Porto. Enjoy the views over the lake and continue on towards Piazza Grande, the perfect place to stop for an aperitif and admire the beautiful belle époque palazzos around the square. This is an excellent starting point for a stroll among the narrow roads of the old town with their boutiques and shops.


The historic town centre of Locarno and the nearby village of Ascona are famous for their boutiques and art galleries. Further south, in Lugano, visitors will find all the big fashion houses in Via Nassa and Piazza della Riforma. Even further south in Mendrisio is the Fox Town Factory Stores, with 160 international brands.

Bar & Nightlife

A wide variety of music and entertainment can be found at the Locarno Casino, local clubs such as Vanilla Club at Riazzino, music bars in central Locarno such as Fashion 2Shé, Casa Borgo or Caffé Paolino.

Mario Botta

Architect Mario Botta, whose studio is located in Mendrisio, just 60 km south of Locarno, is one of the most important figures in global contemporary architecture. Just a short distance from Locarno are ‘his’ Mogno church in Valle Maggia, the Cardada outlook platform and Santa Maria degli Angeli Church on Monte Tamaro.

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