10 Things to Do in Locarno That You Shouldn't Miss

July 21, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Locarno (Italian: [loˈkarno], German: [loˈkarno]; Ticinese: Locarn [loˈkɑːrn]; formerly in German: Luggárus [luˈɡaːrʊs]) is a southern Swiss town and municipality in the district Locarno (and its capital), located on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore at its northeastern tip in the canton of Ticino at the southern foot of the Swiss Alps. It has a population of about 16,000 (proper), and about 56,000 for the agglomeration of the same name including Ascona besides other municipalities.
Restaurants in Locarno

1. Falconeria Locarno

via delle Scuole 12, Locarno 6600, Switzerland +41 91 751 95 86
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 443 reviews

Falconeria Locarno

Reviewed By albinaepaolo - Milan, Italy

The place is very big and the environment is exciting.
The combination of free raptors and people taking care of them in a safe context, allows you to perceive the stateliness of such birds.
Why do those birds stay there, without going away, being free? Because there are professional people who take care of those big birds and giving them love and receiving love from them, in the mutual respect.
We were two adults and three children but, in front of such a situation, we were five (5) children guided by our imagination, while the big birds were flying close to us (one of them, about 9 kilograms of weight, flying above my head so near me that it gave me a caress with the feathers of one of its wings).
Intense and deep emotions for younger and older people.
Thank you to the whole staff, who provided us all the right and needed informations, for understanding those birds and the relationships between the staff, taking care of the raptors, and the birds themselves.

2. Verzasca Dam

Gordola, Locarno 6646, Switzerland +41 91 780 78 00
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 295 reviews

Verzasca Dam

Reviewed By M_a_r_a_964 - Zurich, Switzerland

We always stop here, when we are driving up the valley to go swim in the beautiful waters north of the Dam.
It is quite impressive, very high and beautiful view of the lake and the valey.
Funny thing is always to watch the bungee jumpers, but be aware they only start in the afternoon. One Jump is around CHF 250.-, at least it was this price when we asked mid of July 2017.
Would I drive up here only for the dam? No. But it s a nice stop if you are anyway driving up here.
However if you are a James Bond Fan this is of course a must see place ;-)

3. Lido Locarno

via Gioacchino Respini 11, Locarno 6600, Switzerland +41 91 759 90 00
Excellent
48%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 374 reviews

Lido Locarno

Lido Locarno is a unique oasis for recreation, sport and well-being.Its hot spring, swimming pool, water slides and play pools make it the best equipped stateof-the-art aquatic park in Ticino. Indoor and outdoor pools are open throughout the year and are located on one of the most beautiful Beaches of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by a dramatic alpine scenery on one side and the magnificent lake on the other. Visitors can swim, relax and have fun in the pool and lose themselves in the lake's tranquility.

Reviewed By lillypi1973 - Locarno, Switzerland

My child loved the slides! The Warm water pool is also amazing and the big garden fantastic even if with few trees where to rest in their shade.

4. Piazza Grande

Piazza Grande, Locarno 6600, Switzerland
Excellent
40%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 397 reviews

Piazza Grande

Reviewed By LastMinuteLarry

On our visit to Locarno we hoped to spend a little time in Piazza Grande but little did we know there was a summer music festival going on! Manage to grab a glimpse between all the staging and fencing, looks a nice square but not able to appreciate it this time.

5. Parco delle Camelie

via Gioacchino Respini 8, Locarno 6600, Switzerland +41 848 091 091
Excellent
54%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Parco delle Camelie

Reviewed By N K - Rishon Lezion, Israel

Parco delle Camelie is a small garden on the shores of Lake Maggiore. It has a few flowering trees and plants (not only camellias) and small pond. It's a great place to spend an hour enjoying the nature and then the lake's beach is just nearby.

6. Ghisla Art Collection

via Antonio Ciseri 3, Locarno 6600, Switzerland +41 91 751 01 52
Excellent
70%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Ghisla Art Collection

Reviewed By r0landbrunner - Zurich, Switzerland

If you do not like the big museums, where thousands of people stand iin your way to look one of the thousands pictures, then this is your place. With 8 rooms only, this little museum still offers some amazing stuff. I'm sure, also for your taste there will be two or three pieces that make it worth the entrance ticket and the time to look around. A nice escape frome the tourist mess, with precious pieces of art to admire.

7. Castello Visconteo

via al Castello 1, Locarno 6600, Switzerland +41 91 756 31 70
Excellent
26%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 56 reviews

Castello Visconteo

Reviewed By Randoman1 - Colchester, United Kingdom

I will confess that pottery and glass do not feature highly amongst items which attract me to visit a museum but I have to admit that I found these displays of interest.
The building even more so. I found exploring the passages and rooms great fun and the display featuring the costumes and historic pictures of the town were well worth a visit.

8. Chiesa di San Francesco

via Cittadella 20, Locarno 6600, Switzerland
Excellent
52%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Chiesa di San Francesco

Reviewed By shellReading - Reading

Unassuming exterior belies very interesting interior, from old frescoes to ultra-modern altar & lectern. Not at all what we expected from the outside of the building. Great place for quiet contemplation.

9. Piazza e Chiesa S. Antonio

Citta Vecchia, Locarno 6600, Switzerland
Excellent
27%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Piazza e Chiesa S. Antonio

This beautiful square in the heart of the Old Town of Locarno got its name from the church S. Antonio. The entrance to the town's Art Museum Casa Rusca is located on the left-hand side of the church.

Reviewed By bLiselotte - Palatine, Illinois

This church boasts some good statuary and paintings. It has one really nice altar in a side chapel, which is labeled in Italian. The church is a bit dark as most of the lighting comes from some plain glass windows high up in the church. Nice place to drop in if walking by. The plaza in front has a nice Fountain and a couple of restaurants.

10. Casino di Locarno

largo Franco Zorzi 1, Locarno 6600, Switzerland +41 91 751 15 35
Excellent
11%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
9%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 52 reviews

Casino di Locarno

Reviewed By ValeriaGLinCH - Zurich, Switzerland

It was not fun at all, the staff was not friendly and it was a tiny place, not much selection of games and the bar almost empty...

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