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Ticino [1] is an Italian-speaking region in Switzerland. It is in the south of the country bordering Valais, Uri, Graubunden and the north of Italy.


Ticino is generally divided by the Monte Ceneri pass:

  • Sopraceneri ("above the Ceneri") - Alpine, rural. Encompasses the cities of Bellinzona, the seat of the cantonal Grand Council, and Locarno.
  • Sottoceneri ("below the Ceneri") - Highlands and flat valleys, still not exactly urban but much less rural. Encompasses the city of Lugano and large towns Mendrisio and Chiasso.


Locarno International film festival
  • Ascona- known sometimes as the Swiss Riviera.
  • Bellinzona - the capital of the canton.
  • Chiasso -the last town in Switzerland, is surrounded on three sides by Italy
  • Locarno
  • Lugano- is the only real city in the canton, with a pleasant waterfront, stunning lake views and steep hillsides.
  • Mendrisio
  • Tenero

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Ticino is well connected by train and road. The Gotthard Base Tunnel has shortened the travel times from Zurich, and it only takes a few hours from Zurich to Locarno. The Ceneri Base Tunnel, due to open in 2020, will shorten journey times to Lugano even more. The A2 motorway provides a link to the rest of the country through the Gotthard road tunnel.

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Rural houses

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The legal age to purchase any type of alcoholic beverage in Ticino is 18.

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Bus in Morcote
  • Ticino Turismo, Via Lugano 12, Bellinzona, tel. +41 (0)91 825 70 56, fax: +41 (0)91 825 36 14, [email protected], [2].

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