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ASCONA

ON LAKE MAGGIORE IN ITALIAN-SPEAKING SWITZERLAND

ALTITUDE: 643'  •  POPULATION: 4,500

CANTON TICINO • SOUTHERN SWITZERLAND

ASCONA LAKEFRONT & HARBOR ON LAGO MAGGIORE
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

The Chic Italian Style of Car-Free Ascona
ASCONA PROVES THAT LA DOLCE VITA EXISTS IN SWITZERLAND, TOO.
THE CARE-FREE ELEGANCE OF ASCONA'S CAR-FREE Borgo OLD TOWN SAYS THAT HERE, where
old world charm flirts with the latest fashions, SUBSTANCE can also be style.
BUT DON'T BE PUT OFF BY THE HIGH-END LIFESTYLES OF the asconese. there is much
more to do here than sailing and golf — some of Switzerland's most delightful
touring and walking are to be discovered in the valleys leading north and
west from lake maggiore into the lepontine alps of italian switzerland.

WHERE WE STAY IN ASCONA — APARTMENTS & LOCATIONS

BALCONY OVERLOOKING LAKE MAGGIORE

Balcony view from Home At First apartment along the Lake Maggiore waterfront in Ascona, Switzerland. The view looks down the lake towards Italy. The snowcapped mountains on the right are still inside Switzerland. Passenger boats cruise the lake on a regular schedule, some going all the way to Stresa, Italy, a roundtrip taking a half-day by high-speed hydrofoil boat, or full day taking conventional boat plus a rail journey via the scenic Centovalli rail line back from Italy to Locarno and Ascona. Either way, at the journey's end a bottle of wine or a delightful supper on the balcony awaits you.

NOTE: Apartment photos on this page are taken from more than one apartment in the same building in Ascona.

— HOME AT FIRST LODGINGS IN ASCONA —

         HOME AT FIRST offers vacation apartments along the picturesque lakefront of Ascona's car-free Borgo old town. The clean, well-equipped apartments offer traditional Italian-Swiss ambience, and ease and security of entry — all this with a balcony overlooking Lago Maggiore and Ascona's lakeside promenade. Importantly, the apartment comes with caring, English-speaking hosting, nearby and reachable 24/7.

AMBIENCE: Our Ascona apartments are homey, comfortable, quality lodgings. Each is unique. They are traditionally decorated and furnished. Some are eclectic. All come with private balconies overlooking the lakefront promenade and Lake Maggiore. NOTE: balconies are suspended over the car-free, cafι-lined, lakefront promenade which can be busy until midnight with strollers and people socializing at the cafιs over late meals, desserts, and drinks.

FLOORS & ENTRIES: The apartments are on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Reaching them requires 

 

 

Dining table of a Home At First Ascona apartment with
balcony doors open. Note: the apartments are not air
conditioned, and Italian Switzerland can be hot during
summer months. Open balcony doors permit cooling
from mountain breezes crossing the lake to Ascona.

climbing a flight or two of stairs. All

 

our Ascona apartments are well-located, safe, and very livable. Building and apartment entries are secure.

CARE AND CLEANLINESS. The apartments have been thoroughly cleaned prior to your arrival, but are not maid-serviced during your stay. Apartments are non-smoking and do not permit pets. Basic starter kitchen and bathroom supplies are provided.

OPEN-PLAN LIVING & DINING ROOM

Open-plan living room/dining room of a Home At First Ascona apartment. Personal touches, including antiques and
original artwork, are found in these Ascona apartments, giving them a distinctively Italian-Swiss regional character.

WELL-EQUIPPED: HOME AT FIRST's Ascona apartments have, as a minimum, 1 double bedroom, 1 single bedroom, 1 bathroom with a shower, living/dining room, and well-equipped kitchens. Bed, bath, and kitchen linens and towels are provided. Flat-screen TV and WiFi are included.

DOUBLE BEDROOM WITH BALCONY

Double bedroom at a Home At First Ascona apartment. Note that the apartments are not air conditioned — few vacation apartments in Switzerland have air conditioning. Ascona can be quite warm during summer months. Leaving the balcony doors open at night should help keep you cool, but remember that the restaurants and cafιs along the lake promenade below your balcony are open until midnight, ensuring there will be some noise coming in through the open balcony doors.

 

 

Detail of an Ascona apartment kitchen.

HOSTING: Importantly, all our Ascona apartments come with the welcoming, enthusiastic attention of your hostess, who is committed to making your stay in their accommodation delightful and problem-free. Your English-speaking hostess meets you upon your apartment arrival and introduces you to your apartment and its operation. Your hostess is available throughout your stay for any questions, problems, emergencies, and to advise you when you wish to organize activities (golf, touring, dining, walking, cruising, etc.).

 

 

 

ASCONA LAKEFRONT SHOWING APARTMENT LOCATION

Home At First Ascona apartments are located along Ascona's famous lakefront, close to the boat landing.
The traffic-free promenade is lined with restaurants and can be quite busy on weekends and evenings.

ASCONA'S APARTMENT LOCATIONS & PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

          HOME AT FIRST's Ascona vacation apartments are located along the town's famed Lake Maggiore promenade, just yards from the boat quay. From here, conventional boats and high-speed hydrofoils carry passengers up and down the lake. Buses to Locarno and beyond are reached at the Post Office (Posta) stop, a ten-minute walk through Ascona's traffic-free Borgo old town. The Borgo is attractive pedestrian zone of one principal street (Via Borgo) and a warren of medieval alleyways, all lined with stores, restaurants, galleries, grottoes (taverns). Two larger grocery stores, the post office, and a bank are close to the bus stop just past the old town.

          Buses between Ascona and Locarno operate approximately every 15 minutes Monday through Saturday, and approximately every 30 minutes on Sundays & holidays. Journey time from Ascona's principal Posta bus stop to the Locarno bus and rail station complex is 15 minutes.

 

Window Shopping in Ascona's Borgo
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          Boats depart Ascona frequently. Some

 

 

simply serve the Swiss portion of

 

Buses for Locarno line up at Ascona's Posta bus stop.
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

Lago Maggiore — the upper one-sixth of the lake — while others connect Ascona to ports from Tenero in Switzerland at the northeastern end of the lake all the way to Stresa, Italy, on the southwestern end of the lake. Unlike the regular rhythms of bus and train schedules, boat services to Locarno happen sporadically, averaging about hourly throughout the day. Some journeys between Ascona and Locarno take only 10 minutes, others require nearly 45 minutes. Boats are fun, breezy, and scenic. But, if you are in a hurry to get to Locarno, your best transport option is usually the bus

 

from Ascona Posta.

NOTE: The public transportation pass you will have is valid for almost all rail and bus transportation in Italian Switzerland, but is not valid on the boats of Lago Maggiore.

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