Just three kilometers from Ascona is the charming town of Locarno. An absolute highlight is the Festival del Film Locarno, held for over 60 years - one of the world's leading film festivals.

Over ten days, films from around the globe are showcased. During good weather, daily screenings and world premieres take place on the Piazza Grande, Locarno's central square. The festival draws guests worldwide in early August.

Another highlight is the Moon and Stars Festival in Locarno, featuring performances by renowned artists like Jovanotti, Joss Stone, Scorpions, Roxette, and R.E.M. The breathtaking stage on Piazza Grande is the festival's venue. Surrounding the square, expect typical restaurants, bars, and shopping opportunities.

A funicular runs from Locarno to Orselina, a small village above, known for the Madonna del Sasso monastery. The pilgrimage church offers a magnificent view over Lake Maggiore. Founded on the night of August 14 to 15, 1480, the monastery holds

Getting there: Best by boat ferry

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