Switzerland

48 Hours: Ticino

We understand your dilemma: you've decided to add a couple of days to your next Italy trip and explore Switzerland just to the north, but aren't sure where to go. Zürich, the country's largest city, and its Old Town of pastel-hued buildings along the Limatt River? The postcard-perfect capital of Bern, with its steeply pitched rooftops and excellent pastry shops? Or perhaps the lakeside cities of Lausanne or Lucerne, both set against a backdrop of snowcapped mountain peaks.

ticino-cr-ciutravel(Photo by CIU Travel via Flickr)

We suggest dipping your toe in gradually, with a stop in the Canton of Ticino just across the border with Italy. The only Canton where Italian is recognized as the sole official language, Ticino has a unique landscape that blends dramatic Alpine peaks with the lush, palm-lined shores of Lake Lugano, and is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the picturesque cities of Lugano and Locarno. Here, you can discovery the beauty of Switzerland, tempered by the cultural and climatic influence of the country's warm southern neighbor.

lugano-cr-ciutravel(Photo by CIU Travel via Flickr)

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Coming Soon: Switzerland!

Our love affair with Italy began in the quiet (and, at the time, virtually unknown) region of Umbria. We had been visiting regularly since 2000, and by 2004 had become specialized in creating unique trips focused on the history, culture, and cuisine in our lovely corner of the Bel Paese. Soon, however, our custom travel itineraries expanded to include all of Italy, as we searched out the best destinations, accommodations, and experiences from Sicily to the Dolomites in order to craft unforgettable trips for our travelers.

switzerland-cr-maria-landers(Photo by Concierge in Umbria via Flickr)

After more than a decade spent perfecting our on-the-ground expertise in Italy, we've decided to widen our scope to include Switzerland! We've had many clients request that we add a visit to Switzerland to their Italian itinerary, so we've been using our Italian, German, and French language skills- Maria is perfecting her Römisch - and working hard on expanding our knowledge of all things Swiss.

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