Sights in the surrounding area of Locarno include: Alpe Cardad (skiing) and Monte Bré (mountain village). There are also several worthwhile driving tours which depart from Locarno.
From the Madonna del Sasso a cableway 2km/1mi long ascends in 10minutes to the Alpe Cardada (1,350 m/4,429ft; hotel), with magnificent views. Chairlift (869 m/2,851ft, six minutes) to Cimetta (1,676 m/5,499ft; good skiing with several skilifts.
Monte Bré (San Bernardo)
From Monti a road (6km/4mi) runs steeply uphill through the forest, with many bends, to the little mountain village of Mont Bré (1,004 m/ 3,294ft). 1km/ 0.6mi beyond this along the mountainside is San Bernardo (1,096 m/3,596ft), with a 16th C. chapel. From both villages there are splendid views.
Driving tour to Mergoscia
This driving tour is 13km/8mi with a narrow and winding road, but well worth it. The road runs northeast from the Madonna del Sasso along the hillside, with far-ranging views, via Orselina and Brione sopra Minusio (433 m/1,421ft). 8km/5mi: Contra (486 m/1,595ft), high above the mouth of the Val Verzasca. The road continues, through galleries and over bridges, along the west side of the valley. It is 5km/3mi to Mergoscia.
Mergoscia (735 m/2,412ft) is a beautifully situated village with a view of the Verzasca dam and Pizzo di Vogorno (2,446 m/8,025ft). The church has 15th C. wall-paintings.
Highlights of this driving tour include the village of Lavertezzo, Italian style homes and churches.
This driving tour from Locarno to Fusio leads through a wooded valley, passing the church of Santa Maria della Grazie di Campagna.
This 19 km driving tour offers scenery featuring steep hills, small villages, and views over the River Maggia.
Centovalli Railroad (Domodóssola-Locarno)
Route: Domodóssola-Locarno.Length: 52km/32mi; duration two hours. Highlights: This railroad links the great European lines of the Simplon and the Gotthard on narrow gauge. It traverses the wildly romantic Centovalli past idyllic gorges and over numerous bridges with a maximum gradient of 17%.Special features: Visitors who have a complete day at their disposal should combine the Centovalli railroad with a return trip (Zurich-St Gotthard-Centovalli-Simplon-Lötschberg-Brig-Zurich).
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