Ticino  is an Italian-speaking region in Switzerland. It is in the south of the country bordering Valais, Uri, Graubunden and the north of Italy.
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- 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
- Lugano- is the only real city in the canton, with a pleasant waterfront, stunning lake views and steep hillsides.
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.
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.
Ticino has a full range of accommodations including hotels, holiday houses, hostels, huts, campsites and agritourism stays.
- Ticino Turismo, Via Lugano 12, Bellinzona, tel. +41 (0)91 825 70 56, fax: +41 (0)91 825 36 14, [email protected], .