Ascona Locarno

Located in the Italian-speaking Ticino region on the shores of Lake Maggiore, the twin towns of Ascona and Locarno are blessed with a Mediterranean climate. Visitors come to Ascona Locarno to explore the stunning nearby valleys, pretty lakeside towns and villages and experience a taste of Italy in Switzerland

Close to the Italian border, Locarno is under two hours by car from Milan and less than three hours from Zurich.  The city is also serviced by an excellent rail network from both within Switzerland and neighbouring Italy.

Ascona Switzerland

Population: 15,000 (Locarno)

Canton: Ticino

Average high temperatures: January – 6.8C / 44F; April – 16C / 61F; July – 27C / 81F; October – 16C / 61F.

Christmas market dates: 8 December (More info here)