Monday, February 20, 2012

Locarno, Switzerland

This past weekend I traveled to Locarno, Switzerland from Rome. On our journey we stopped for a few hours in Milan and saw the sites and then carried on to Lugano where we switched trains. Locarno is a picture perfect Swiss village at the foot of Mount Cimetta along the shores of Lake Maggiore. Our hotel was situated in the heart of the city in Piazza Grande and from there it was an easy walk to the shores of the Lake or to the tram that heads up the mountain.

Cimetta, which stands at 5,482 ft, has incredible panoramic views of the surrounding lakes and mountains. However, despite its elevation, it was surprisingly easy to get to. We took a mountain train to a tram from the village of Orselina to Cardada and then took a chairlift to the summit. From there, it was only a short hike to the observation deck. The views were incredible and the photos hardly do it justice.

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