Switch mode

La Dolce Vita

How to enjoy the sweet life in Switzerland’s south.

Swiss Deluxe Hotels Stories Summer 2020 La Dolce Vita 01 ST0017434 Bearb C

In the charming towns and soothing nature of Ticino, a Mediterranean lifestyle meets Swiss quality and orderliness. Think yachts floating on turquoise lakes, hikes through chestnut forests, or a series of unmissable events.

During summer months, when it can be cold and wet north of the Alps, Ticino is basking in the sun. With more than 2000 hours of sunshine annually, you can often find us hanging out in Switzerland’s sun room. It boasts conditions for a variety of exciting outdoor activities, be it up in the hills or down in the valleys, up in the air or in the water.

As a base for your explorations, use one of the three Swiss Deluxe Hotels properties. We simply could not pick a favorite, all of these prestigious hotels have their own distinct character. Check into the Eden Roc or the Castello del Sole in Ascona, or the Splendide Royal in Lugano, and you can be assured that these houses remain at your disposal while you are out there enjoying the sweet life.

Whether you are into nighttime photography or outdoor sports, you will quickly find that Ticino has a playground for almost everyone.

In Bellinzona, at the foot of the Alps, medieval castles offer a backdrop for striking portrait pictures. Or take your wide-angle lens up to the Carasc Tibetan bridge for some adrenaline inducing photographs. Further south, in Ascona-Locarno, it is all about the valleys and their distinct characters. There are waterfalls, historic bridges, or villages that appear stuck in time. You could relive the bungee jump from the opening scene of James Bond 007 – GoldenEye. Or you could try something more gentle by trekking with llamas in Malcantone.

To end the day, head to Lugano, its bay area and characteristic mountains. Be it on the top of Monte Brè or at the Parco Tassino, you will find the perfect backdrop for stunning sunset photographs.

Swiss Deluxe Hotels Stories Summer 2020 La Dolce Vita 02 Hotel Splendide Royal P6080084 Bearb Ecirgb
Swiss Deluxe Hotels Stories Summer 2020 La Dolce Vita 04 4 Ascona Eden Roc Ecirgb
Swiss Deluxe Hotels Stories Summer 2020 La Dolce Vita 03 Hotel Eden Roc P6030413 Ecirgb

A guide by Dimitri &  Mamiko Burkhard
© Landscape Ticino, swiss-image.ch
© [Lev Radin] / Shutterstock.com

Related Stories

A colourful evening with fondue, fun and friends in the company of a colour-blind Labrador: despite this apparent contradiction, we spend a delightful time at the ultra-stylish Carlton Hotel in St. Moritz.

Discover more

A welcome refuge from Zurich’s hustle and bustle and the arctic chill voutside, I didn’t exactly expect a female DJ when I first checked into the cool, calm and collected La Réserve Eden Au Lac. No big logos or signs announce the imaginary yacht club entirely designed by Philippe Starck. In the designer’s own words, ‘This hotel is like rock ‘n’ rolling with the Queen of England; everything is traditional yet resolutely unconventional.’ I was immediately intrigued to find out more.

Discover more

The perfect destination for an urban art safari à pied, Switzerland’s largest city and cultural epicentre beckons art enthusiasts from near and far with its miscellany of world-renowned galleries, public art installations, pop-ups and the country’s largest art museum.

Discover more

Time-honoured traditions embrace modern sophistication amidst the serene waters of Lake Zurich and the enchanting cobblestone alleys of the Old Town. Zurich is a dynamic city pulsating with world-class culture, art, and gastronomy—a captivating symphony of contrasts waiting to be explored.

Discover more

‘A delicious breakfast bowl is the best way to start your day,’ says Janina Brucker. Her smile reaffirming her words as she sits at Kasa Kaisin with her sister Gioia. Both have demanding jobs; Janina manages the hip eatery Lumière, while Gioia works as a creative at one of the city’s leading communication agencies. Making the most of their free time, they take us on a typical day off through the streets of Zurich.

Discover more

A trip to a thermal spa with a water-loving Labrador – what could go wrong?

Discover more

Offering a plenitude of options for families in a paradisiac setting, guests of Ascona’s elegant Hotel Eden Roc enjoy culinary delights, lakefront entertainment and the highest level of five-star hospitality. Earthly pleasures abound await guests both big and small.

Discover more