Leben im Tessin: Aktivitäten und Sehenswürdigkeiten im Tessin, Schweiz

Ticino – Swiss Mediterranean Lifestyle, Switzerland

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Bordering Italy, Ticino is the southernmost canton of Switzerland. In this surprisingly temperate region, Italian is the official language and the waters of the Mediterranean Sea are within easy reach, as are the world-famous ski resorts of the Swiss Alps. In contrast with Switzerland’s popular image as a wintry paradise, this magical landscape is flooded with sunshine around 300 days out of the year, and the southern region of Sottoceneri is most heavily influenced by Italian culture. The terrain is varied, ranging from breathtaking peaks to valleys rich with natural-growing palm trees and bamboo. Enhancing the lush beauty of this unparalleled setting are gardens overflowing with bougainvillea, rhododendrons, magnolias, and citrus fruit. The delightful climate encourages enjoyment of the outdoors and watersports on Ticino’s gorgeous bodies of water—Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano—as well as Lake Como, just across the border in Italy. Adventurers also indulge in canyon exploration, paragliding, parachuting, mountain biking, and many other activities.

The picturesque community of Lugano rims Lake Lugano and thrives on a lively atmosphere with festivals, markets, and unspoiled charm. While this marvelous city is known to attract tourists and luminaries, it is also Switzerland’s third largest banking center, with an active industry in the financial sector. Even so, Lugano enjoys a special tranquillity. The smaller town of Ascona is a gorgeous holiday destination, where restaurants and bars line a well-known lakefront promenade. Ascona is also home to three of Switzerland’s most recognized five-star hotels. A yearly jazz festival creates excitement in this hamlet on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Sheltered from extreme weather by the northern mountains, Locarno offers prime vistas of Lake Maggiore and examples of spectacular architecture that include Castello Visconteo. A unique Swiss-Italian flavor infuses this village, whose Piazza Grande hosts the momentous Locarno International Film Festival each summer. World-famous music artists grace the stage during the Moon and Stars festival.

The international metropolitan center of Milan is less than an hour away from Ticino. Also nearby is the city of Zurich. Lugano features an active economy, business centers, an international school, and a regional airport. A secure atmosphere and comparatively low crime rate give the canton further appeal for visitors and those in search of either a permanent residence or a home away from home.

How Many People Live in Ticino?

Population: 335,270

What Languages Are Spoken in Ticino?

Language: Italian primarily, also German; English is widely spoken.

What is the Currency in Ticino?

Currency: Swiss Francs (CHF), but Euros are accepted.

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