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Piazza Grande

Piazza Grande, 6600 Locarno, Switzerland

Iconic Buildings

About Piazza Grande

The historic core of Locarno extends from the slopes of the Cimetta to the ancient bank of the Verbano towards which the front of porticoed buildings on the north-west side of today's Piazza Grande opened. The alleys leading up to the old town, characterized by several ancient buildings, depart from the Piazza Grande. The front of arcaded buildings at the foot of the hill, once located near the shore of the lake, is dominated by the civic tower referable to the fortifications commissioned by the



Attractions near Piazza Grande

Visconteo Castle0.28km from Piazza Grande

The Castello Visconteo, now an archaeological museum, is located on the edge of the old town and was built in the 12th century, probably as the residence of a Captain Orelli, who remained true to the Emperor. In 1260, it fell into the hands of the Ghibellines. In 1342 the Visconti of Milan, for whom it is now named, attacked the castle from both the land and the lake side and took it. It first came into the hands of the Eidgenossen in 1503.

Locarno–Madonna del Sasso funicular0.33km from Piazza Grande

The Locarno–Madonna del Sasso funicular, is a funicular railway near the city of Locarno in the Swiss canton of Ticino. The line links a lower station in the city center with the pilgrimage site of the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso and the municipality of Orselina. It forms part of the route to the summit of nearby Cimetta mountains.

Madonna del Sasso0.64km from Piazza Grande

The Madonna del Sasso in Orselina above Locarno is the most important sanctuary in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. For centuries, pilgrims would walk to the Sacred Mountain where, according to the tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared. Two routes are possible: the steep Via Crucis or the trails in the natural valley where a few chapels are located.  Numerous works of art preserved in the sanctuary - stuccoes, frescoes, ex-votos , Bramantino and Ciseri canvases - were revitalized by the r

Monte Verità2.82km from Piazza Grande

Monte Verità is a place of beauty and peace, where you can rediscover the flavour of history and the energy of nature. The park is considered one of the energetic places of the Canton Ticino. The great wooded park of more than 72’000 square metres, which tells the story of a century in an uncontaminated area, was created by the founders of the vegetarian colony and later purchased by the baron Eduard von der Heydt. One of the main attractions of this area.

Cimetta4.36km from Piazza Grande

Cimetta is a mountain in the Lepontine Alps, it is located above Locarno and Lake Maggiore.  The Locarno–Madonna del Sasso funicular links Locarno city center with Orselina. From there a cable car connects to Cardada, from which a chair lift runs to the summit. It was one of the picturesque locations and a  nice trekking destination in this area and you can enjoy each and every moment here.

Verzasca Dam5.07km from Piazza Grande

The Contra Dam, commonly known as the Verzasca Dam is an arch dam on the Verzasca River in the Val Verzasca, Ticino Switzerland. The dam became a popular bungee jumping venue after a James Bond stuntman jumped off it in the opening scene of the 1995 film GoldenEye; a stunt voted as the best movie stunt of all time in a 2002 Sky Movies poll.

Where is Piazza Grande

Discover more attractions in Ticino, where Piazza Grande is located

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The canton is named after the river Ticino, it is the only canton where Italian is the sole official language and represents the bulk of the Italian-speaking area of Switzerland. Ticino hosts two World Heritage sites: the Three Castles of Bellinzona and Monte San Giorgio.