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Locarno has a very pleasant climate and a lush subtropical vegetation. It turns enchanting at night when the arcades and portici, During the night, when soft tunes ooze out of city bars and restaurants and when city lights reflects upon the beautiful lake, the city takes on a surrealistic quality.


Locarno Tourist Attractions
  » Piazza Grande

The focus of town is Piazza Grande, an attractive arcaded square just off the lakefront that is lined with pavement cafés and serves as the town's meeting point, social club and public catwalk. Warm summer nights serve up some great people-watching, as exquisitely groomed locals parade to and fro beneath the street lights neck high in nonchalance, all the cafés a-buzz and fragrant breezes bringing in the scent of flowers from the lakeside gardens. The palm-fringed lakefront promenade runs south from the east edge of the Piazza to the Bosco Isolino park,five minutes away, but most interest lies in the narrow streets of Locarno's Old Town, ranged on gently rising ground behind the piazza: spending an afternoon wandering through the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century alleys with an ice cream is the best way to blend in with Locarno life.

From the west end of Piazza Grande, lanes run up to Via Cittadella and the richly Baroque Chiesa Nuova , decorated with a huge statue of St Christopher outside. Its sumptuously stuccoed ceiling is crawling with detail, featuring gilded scallops and scrollwork, and hosts of fleshy cherubs. The tiny arcaded courtyard, reached through a side door, is a charming, tranquil spot entirely removed from the bustle of the alleys.


  » Chiesa di Sant'Antonio

Following the atmospheric Via di Sant'Antonio brings you to the huge and rather sombre Chiesa di Sant'Antonio, dating from the seventeenth century but rebuilt following a fatal roof collapse in 1863.

  » Casa Rusca

Beside the church is Casa Rusca (Tues-Sun 10am-noon & 2-5pm; Fr.5; SMP), a worthwhile art museum housed in a grand white eighteenth-century building with an internal open-air atrium surrounded by arcades on three levels; the exhibitions are temporary, drawn from the museum's mainly modernist collections, principally a donation by the twentieth-century Swiss artist Jean Arp of a wealth of his paintings and sculptures.

  » Chiesa diSan Francesco

Alleys lead south downhill to the tall Chiesa diSan Francesco, consecrated as part of a monastery in the fourteenth century over an earlier church that had been founded by wandering Franciscans either during St Francis of Assisi's lifetime or shortly after his death in 1226. In 1480, a member of the order established a hermitage on the hillside above Locarno, which is now the Madonna del Sasso pilgrimage site. Renovation of the church in the sixteenth century included frescoes, most of which are now fading badly.

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