The St. Peter and Paul church (Santi Pietro e Paolo) dominates the view of the shoreline of Ascona. Therefore you cannot miss it. It is set back one block from the promenade.The church was first mentioned in 1264. It consists of a long hall with a wooden ceiling and two side naves which have its own altars dedicated to the mother of god of the...more
The church goes back to the 16. century back and became around the middle of the 18. and 19. Century extensively restored.The church has three ships and has a completely colored and decorated polygonal choir, the marble-altar of 1786 and the altarpiece, which is displayed since 1633.more
Yes!! You definitely need some shopping when you are travelling. Hmm.....I'm not suggesting souvenir shops. In fact, a lot of shops in Ascona are antiques, art galleries and jewellery shops. These shops are situated at the back of the small alleys behind the chain of restaurants and hotels.more
I was very lucky to be travelling around Ascona during the New Orleans Jazz Festival. This is a yearly event and is called JazzAscona. There were many invited guests from New Orleans jazzing up Ascona. You can pick up 1 of the brochure in a hotel and flip through the daily highlights. It was so fun especially someone like me who love music and...more
In the nearby Valle Verzasca you find a very big dam, on of many in Switzerland, built to produce electrical energy.Height: 220 meterCrest length: 380 meterYou can walk over the crown of the dam and enjoy the spectacular view down to the valley ground.You think the dam looks familiar, you’ve seen it already???Yes, maybe, James Bond, alias Pierce...more
The small town is lovely for a walk or stroll.Discover the little narrow alleys in the pedastrian area.Also the promenade along the lake front is (allmost) car free, and one of the hot spots in town.Allmost daily activities are held here, the local market, street artists, musicians, etc.more
Ascona is a beautiful part of the world and the Riposo Hotel matches it perfectly. It is not flash...more
Via Segnale 10, Ascona, Lake Maggiore, 6612, Switzerland
Good for: Solo
Via Muraccio 142, Ascona, Lake Maggiore, 6612, Switzerland
Good for: Business
This is my favourite place in Ascona to have a take-away ice cream. Two scoops in a waffer cone or a little container cost CHF 6.00 (May 2009). I had mocca and fiore di latte which was delicious. They make their ice cream themselves.The place itself looks very popular as it was full and there was a relaxed atmosphere.Each time I go to Ascona I have...more
The main reason for dinning at Hotel Tamaro was because I wanted to catch a live jazz band playing over brunch. Personally I find it was very expensive given it was a buffet but the spread was very limited. For the price you pay, it wasn't value for money. But the band was good hence I took it as paying "extra" for the live music. No special dish...more
We came to Ascona by public bus no. 1 from Locarno railway station. The bus takes close to 20 minutes to reach Ascona post office which is the end of the line. Buy your ticket from the vending machine at the bus stop or from the driver. If you travel on some sort of Swiss pass ask whether it's included.The bus line no. 1 starts in Tenero, then...more
I actually wondered whether to put this tip under transportation or rather under things to do. I guess it is something that one should do in nice weather and when one has enough time.I once took a ship to the Brissago islands from Ascona which makes a real nice outing. There are various types of ships depending on your destination. If you intend to...more
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I happen to chance upon this shop that sells only things related to music like magnets of treble, base clefs, notes. Even notepads with musical scores writen on it. Interesting shop if you like things with a dash of music touch.
What to buy: The things range from notepads to magnets, composers small statue, muscial scores, glasswares. All musically designed.
What to pay: Definitely not very cheap. I paid CHF3 for 1 postcard. And a mousepad costs around CHF25
Many visitors are surprised, but yes, we have poisonous snakes in Switzerland.Meanwhile because of limitations in their habitats they are very rare, but still watch out for them if you sit on rocks or grab onto stones on the ground.If you are biten, stay calm and see a doctor. The venom is not very dangerous, there was no deadly incident reported...more
If you are a tough guy why not ride into the Valle Verzasca and visit the village at the end of the valley - Sonogno.
You climb from Ascona at at 193 meter to Sonogno at 918 meter.
The distance is approx. 30km.
Try to avoid weekends and local holidays, there is a lot of car traffic on those days.
Equipment: Bicycle, either MTB or road
The promenade along the lakeside is my favourite spot here in Ascona. So, each time I come here on a day trip I have to walk up and down and have my ice cream (gelato). Note the trees along the lake before they get their leaves. They do look rather funny.Also, when you hang around the promenade you will quite likely see some really fancy sports...more