Ticino region

Switzerland's sunniest corner

As soon as travellers reach the southern end of the Gotthard Tunnel, they are in for a surprise. On the north side of the Alps, the sky may have been full of dark clouds, but on the southern side of the mountains the sun shines from a sky that is mostly blue, the climate is mild, palm trees line the roads and, in short, the Mediterranean influence is unmistakable.

In Switzerland’s sunniest corner, with over 2300 hours of sunshine a year, everything is just a bit different from anywhere else in Switzerland. If you are looking for typical Swiss dishes here, you'll be unlucky. Instead of "rösti", there is fine risotto, and when it comes to drinks, in the south of Switzerland the local red wine "Merlot del Ticino" is always at the top of the menu.

Allow yourself to be seduced by the whole experience of Ticino, the contrasts between the mountain and the plain, nature and culture, the past and the present …