Ticino is both a canton and a republic. People speak in TicinoItalianas the official language. It is located in the southernmost part of Switzerland and is a member of the Swiss Confederation.
The capital of the canton of Ticino is Bellinzona. Ticino was named after the Ticino river, which has its course here.
Ticino and tourism
The canton of Ticino is a very popular tourist center. Accordingly, the entire area has to the tourism adapted and is also heavily dependent on it in this respect. Especially the Mediterranean flair with its pleasant climate and the Italian influenced people make Ticino a wonderful place for visitors. Many vacationers come here for this reason. There is a piece of Italian vacation right on the doorstep. The combination of fiery Italy and Swiss serenity make Ticino so special. The Italian-looking landscape and the Mediterranean atmosphere allow travel in Ticino both in summer and in winter.
The tourist strongholds include the cities of Bellinzona, Locarno, Ascona and Lugano. Those who prefer it more rural should visit one of the surrounding villages choose for his vacation. Here you usually have more peace and quiet, as these are not in the immediate vicinity of tourist centers. Here you also have the opportunity to get a small holiday home from private landlords. The more rural holiday in Ticino has a very special charm.
The history of Ticino
The dukes of Milan were the rulers of today’s Ticino in the Middle Ages. Later, from 1403 to 1422, parts of Ticino were placed under the rule of Uri. But this did not last long, because a little later Uri had to relinquish the rule again.
In 1440 Uri became of Leventina taken over and controlled. In a second attempt at conquest, Uri succeeded in taking Schwyz and Nidwalden, in 1500 Bellinzona and the Riviera.
In the third attempt at conquest, all the cantons and their troops competed. Around 1512, Locarno, Maggia Valley, Lugano and Mendrisio were incorporated. Uri ruled here.
Ticino was released from subject status after the French troops had entered in 1798. As early as 1803, Ticino received the full status of a canton.
Particularly worth seeing
Water sports, fishing and boating are varied attractions in Ticino. The great lakes of Lake Lugano and Lake Maggiore are big crowd pullers for vacationers, day trippers and athletes.
Also hikers in Ticino have the opportunity to fully enjoy their sport. The 3,402 m high Rheinwaldhorn is the highest mountain in Ticino.
The International Film Festival in Ticino is a great event and annual highlight. The Golden Leopard is awarded here and many celebrities meet at this event. The “ New Orleans Jazz Festival” makes the hearts of music fans beat faster and is also a well-attended event in Ticino.
The pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso is beautifully designed and should definitely be on the program when visiting Ticino. There are a large number of theater and drama groups in the city of Lugano. The city is known for its impressive performances. The Via Nassa promenade and the Piazza Riforma in the old town are a must for every visitor to Ticino.