TRAVEL & LEISURE MAY 2020 – Perfect for Adventurous Types

Perfect for Adventurous Types

“ASCONA and LOCARNO aren’t as well known asLake Como in Italy, but these neighboring Swiss towns on Lake Maggioreare just as quaint,” says Bob Preston (, a Switzerland expert. A good way to get out on the water in this Italian-speaking region is with a day cruise to the Brissago Islands botanical park. “There are rare plant species, a terrace overlooking the lake, and Roman baths and ponds,” Preston says.

In May, the International Center of Sculpture will open in Peccia, a small village about 45 minutes by car north of Locarno, with a show of Mexican artist Jose Dávila’s site-specific installations carved from local stone. The Michelin two-starred Ecco Ascona,Led by executive chef Rolf Fliegauf, does multicourse menus of Mediterranean meets-Swiss cuisine, leaning heavily on Alpine ingredients such as salmon and game. 

The top places to stay are the grande dame Hotel Splendide Royal, which debuted a new spa and pool deck with lake views last year, and the Hotel & Lounge Lago Maggiore, which opens in May.