15 April 2009


From the vintage poster above you will note that the Locarno Camelia Festival has been going for quite some time now. This year's festival has just been brought to a close - but if you visit any time during the spring months, you'll see these stunning blooms prominently in almost every garden.

08 April 2009

lago maggiore

This time a view of the Brissago Islands from above, and the passenger boat on its way back to the port of Ascona.

02 April 2009

lago di lugano

Lugano, Gandria.

always ticino

Always was, always will be. Beautiful Ticino.


Famous for its many vineyards and blessed with the perfect climate, Ticino boasts a wide and sophisticated selection of Merlots. Pictured above are Giovanni Caverzasio's bottles of the delectable 'Tre Terre'. To find out more click here or visit Vini Chiodi.

01 April 2009

so easy

From London, there are daily flights to Milan Malpensa - and then it's a stunning drive to Ticino - via Como (hi, George), over the border into Chiasso, then Lugano and then onto Locarno and Ascona. All in an hour and a half maximum 2 hours. If you are not flying from London, just let us know and we'll direct you here the quickest and easiest way.

locarno, not miami

a good place to start

View over Menzonio, Val Lavizzara/Vallemaggia and room with a view.

Citrus fruit on the Isole di Brissago, Lago Maggiore.

Villa Emden, Isole di Brissago, Lago Maggiore.

A cool pool - Prato, Val Lavizzara/Vallemaggia.

Isole di Brissago, Lago Maggiore.

White blooms, Isole di Brissago, Lago Maggiore.

A bay, Isole di Brissago, Lago Maggiore.

Arriving in Ascona, by boat.
Lago Maggiore, view from the Isole di Brissago towards Ascona/Locarno.