Ticino, Switzerland's southern region and an independent canton with unique culture, has more than a little flavour of its Italian neighbour. Here the mild climate, beautiful valleys, and striking, historically important architecture draws the European crowd. You can go for a walk in the valleys right from the Casa, buy excellent locally-made wine (here we especially recommend Andrea & Michael Weingarther's winery), visit posh Lugano and Locarno, dine in Italy, and even do bargain shopping at the top brands' factory stores,- all within a short and convenient distance.
Sightseeing & Museums
There are many places worth visiting in Sessa and Ticino. In Sessa, make sure not to skip the baroque St. Martino Church with its famous carved wood altary. Also, it is a must to see a more than 600 years old wine press (ask locals for the torchio). We also recommend visiting the Piccolo Museo di Sessa. It is convenient to book a guided tour of Sessa at the Piccolo Museo site. There are many interesting museums all over Ticino and Malcantone. For sightseeing, we suggest going to Lugano, Bellinzona (especially its castles), Locarno, and Brissago Islands.
Among many attractions in Ticino, hiking is one of the most popular. This is due to the well-developed network of marked paths and trails. Whichever region you choose, you will be able to select among a wide variety of routes - all well signposted and maintained.
Ticino is also a cyclists' paradise with the wide range of opportunities for both beginners and experienced ones. Cycle paths are in good shape with numerous signs helping the cyclists to stay on track.
Thanks to its position at the southern side of the Alps, Ticino is a special place among the winegrowing regions of Switzerland. Ticino winemakers use a variety of grape blends, and the resulting wines are of excellent quality. Tasting a glass of good wine direct at the cellar door or at one of the numerous winemaking festivals is a popular – yet refined – pleasure in Ticino. Locally-made Merlot goes particularly well with typical products from the region, such as cheese from the alpine pastures and traditional salami. Wine tasting, viewing of wine cellar and more are offered by Andrea & Michael Weingartner in Astano. Their modern Ticino wine is created with a great amount of dedication and mastery and it is considered as one among the best.
Close to the Casa you will find several restaurants: the Unione with an excellent traditional cuisine, the Pace (with pizzeria), the Centrale and I Grappoli.
Ticino is a great place for shopping lovers too. Make sure to visit a wildly popular shopping center FoxTown! There, the most famous international companies offer their products at factory prices directly to the customer, with massive discounts from 30% to 70%. These stores are just what shoppers need: highest quality goods and friendly service at the tiny fraction of the original cost. How can one resist?
Another excellent shopping destination is Via Nassa, one of Lugano's historical streets. Here, you will find shops for most sophisticated tastes.
Finally, the proximity of Milan, the fashion capital of the world, creates outstanding shopping opportunities for fashionistas of all styles and ages. It takes approximately one and a half hour drive to get to Milan from the Casa.
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