Lavertezzo Village

The most beautiful villages in Ticino, Switzerland

The most beautiful villages in Ticino, Switzerland

From the peaks of its mountains to the shores of its lakes, the canton of Ticino is dotted with a large number of towns and villages, each with its fascinating past and unique personality. However, there are six that shine with even more splendor and make tourists who visit them immediately fall in love, making them want to come back for more.

Lavertezzo

A natural beauty formed entirely of stone, Lavertezzo is popular in Ticino – and also in Switzerland – for being a quaint riverside village with a beautiful parish church.

Lavertezzo village

But what makes this region famous is its double arch bridge crossing the crystal clear waters of the Verzasca River: built in the 17th century to promote trade. Today, it has become a gathering place for adventurers who dive into what can only be defined as icy water.

What makes it awesome?

  • Verzasca Valley
  • Cimetta
  • Ponte Dei Salti
  • Ponte Tibetan Carasc

Morcote

The village of Morcote is identified as the most charming village in Switzerland. The village is located about 10 kilometers from Lugano and also lies on the shores of Lake Lugano. You can also book Lugano tours for a wonderful tour of Lake Lugano and Brusino Arsizio e Varese (Italy) on the other side of the lake.

Morcote village

If you start from the promenade, you can take the stairs that go up to visit the Church of Santa Maria del Sasso. About 400 steps lead to the church. Inside it has magnificent frescoes. The scenery from above is also worth seeing.

What makes it awesome?

  • Scherr Park
  • Monte San Giorgio
  • Lugano lake
  • San Grato Park

Sonogno

Sonogno is a hamlet in the Verzasca Valley, in the Locarno region. It has well-preserved granite houses and alleys. The village also has a sheep wool workshop (Casa Della Lana), red geraniums and a museum. It is found at the edge of the valley.

Sonogno village

The large mountains that surround it make it the ideal starting point for memorable hikes. At the same time, the city streets offer plenty of opportunities for shopping or sitting down for regional products such as cheese, wine, honey and cold meats.

What makes it awesome?

  • Verzasca
  • Val Verzasca Museum
  • Monte Zucchero
  • The Froda

Bosco gurin

Bosco Gurin is established in the Vallemaggia region of the canton of Ticino. More precisely, it is in the Val di Bosco, 35 km northwest of Locarno. Its inhabitants are predominantly German-speaking (Gurinder Deutsch) although they are officially part of Swiss Italian heritage.

Bosco Gurin village

At an altitude of 1505 m, it is also the highest mountain hamlet in Ticino. Bosco Gurin is a unique cultural landscape in the heart of the Alps. Definitely worth a visit.

The village is unique because it is one of the few places in Switzerland where the city remains unchanged from what it was many years ago.

What makes it awesome?

  • Walserhaus Gurin
  • Bombonne Pizza
  • Lago Pero
  • Melo Lake

Corippo

Corippo is a perfect little hamlet in the district of Locarno, Ticino. Precisely, it is located on the westernmost slope of the Verzasca valley.

Corippo village

Today it is the least populated village in Switzerland and is home to just nine inhabitants and various stone houses with granite and slate roofs. The village is currently under national historic security by the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites.

What makes it awesome?

  • Verzasca Valley
  • Ponte Dei Salti
  • Vogorno Lake
  • Madonna

Foroglio

Foroglio in the Bavona Valley is home to one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Ticino. The Bavona valley (Val Bavona) is recognized as the wildest area of ​​the canton. The Bavona river, 19 km long, flows in this side valley of the Maggia valley.

Foroglio village

The village is beautiful, similar to other towns in the valley. But the old stone houses amidst the landscape of trees, waterfalls and the river make it incredibly special. Foroglio Waterfall, the 110m drop, is also worth a visit.

What makes it awesome?

  • Nufenen Pass
  • Ossola
  • Maggia Valley
  • Cascata del Toce

Verdasio

Verdasio is a small mountain hamlet of the Centovalli. Similar to Corippo, it does not have many permanent inhabitants. In fact, there are only 20 inhabitants listed here.

Verdasio village

The Cristoforo Church and Santi Giacomo Maggiore built in 1578 are worth a visit. In addition, another interesting site for traveling is the Madonna Della Segna Chapel. There are also fascinating historical houses such as Casa Cavalli, Casa Tosetti and Casa de Martini.

What makes it awesome?

  • Piazza Grande
  • Lugano lake
  • Three Castles of Bellinzona

Giornico

Giornico is a small, peaceful village on the edge of the Leventina Valley with around 850 inhabitants. Located near Bellinzona, this village has a surprisingly strong cultural heritage.

In the village, the Saint-Nicolas church is a romantic masterpiece. This church dedicated to Saint-Nicolas is today considered a national monument. You can also visit other incredible churches like San Michele, San Pellegrino and Santa Maria del Castello.

Giornico village

If you want to visit a cave, Grotto dei due Ponti rests on an island and is accessible by two bridges. They serve pure local Italian and Swiss cuisine from the region.

What makes it awesome?

  • Leventine Museum
  • Saint Nicolas
  • La Congiunta Museum
  • madom brut

Gandria

A former fishing hamlet, Gandria is one of the most popular places in Ticino for a day trip. It is easily accessible by ferry or by taking a pleasant and comfortable path from Lugano.

Gandria village

Its houses, built on the water’s edge, have all been designed in different colors to be easily seen from afar by fishermen when they return home in the dark.

Old ancestral fishing boats still rest on the shore, giving visitors the feeling of stepping back in time.

What makes it awesome?

  • Swiss Customs Museums
  • Wilhelm Schmid Museum
  • Sasso della Predescia

Conclusion

With this handy list of beautiful villages in Ticino, Switzerland, you can be sure to have a fun and active holiday in the villages. Each location listed above will add value to your visit and keep you entertained. So, without further ado, plan your vacation and begin your trip to the highlands.

Wanhua Qiao is Managing Director of Venez Discover Switzerland. Come Discover Switzerland by Tourismus Group offers some of the best private tours and multi-day trips in all of Switzerland and has established itself as one of the leading tour operators in Switzerland.

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