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LOCARNO

ON LAKE MAGGIORE IN ITALIAN-SPEAKING SWITZERLAND

ALTITUDE: 656'  •  POPULATION: 16,287

CANTON TICINO • SOUTHERN SWITZERLAND

PIAZZA SANT' ANTONIO IN LOCARNO'S TRAFFIC-FREE OLD CITY
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Locarno: Crossroads of Culture & Geography

          LOCARNO: WHERE THE MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE REACHES INTO THE ALPS; WHERE ITALIAN CULTURE, FOOD, AND FASHION INTERSECT SWISS ORDER, PRECISION, AND RELIABILITY; WHERE CASUAL ELEGANCE MEETS ALPINE COOL; WHERE PRE-HISTORY, CELTIC HISTORY, ROMAN HISTORY, ITALIAN HISTORY, FRENCH HISTORY, SWISS HISTORY, AND MODERN WORLD HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE. LOCARNO: SWISS CITY OF PEACE SECOND ONLY TO GENEVA. LOCARNO: INVITING SWISS CITY OF SURPRISING VARIETY, SECOND TO NONE.

WHERE WE STAY IN LOCARNO — APARTMENTS & LOCATIONS

STANDARD APARTMENT BALCONY VIEW
OF LOCARNO AND LAKE MAGGIORE

          Balcony view from Home At First apartment along the Lake Maggiore waterfront in Locarno, Switzerland. The view looks northeast across the Swiss portion of the lake. The mountains visible are only the foothills of the Alps of Ticino, Italian Switzerland. Both the boat landing and the rail station are within 5-10 minutes walk from the elevator of this apartment building. 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. 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
and more than one building in the same lakeside section of Locarno.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

— HOME AT FIRST LODGINGS IN LOCARNO —

         HOME AT FIRST offers several vacation apartments in high-rise (6 to 8 story) buildings along the picturesque lakefront of Locarno's modern new town. The clean, spacious, well-equipped apartments offer modern dιcor throughout, and elevator ease and security of entry — all this with balcony views of Lago Maggiore and/or the cityscape of Locarno. Importantly, the apartments come with caring, English-speaking hosting, nearby and reachable 24/7.

PREMIUM APARTMENT BALCONY VIEW
OF LOCARNO AND LAKE MAGGIORE

          Balcony view of Lake Maggiore from a Home At First superior Locarno apartment. Note the larger space, the closer proximity to the lake, and the greater ceiling coverage, compared with the balcony view of the basic apartment (above). Note, too, the comfortable furnishings inviting dining or that greatest of luxuries: a nap in the shade.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

 

 

AMBIENCE: Our Locarno apartments are modern, comfortable, quality lodgings in apartment buildings. Although similar, each is unique. There are three quality levels available: standard, plus, and superior. Apartments are individually decorated and furnished, and well-equipped. All come with private balconies overlooking Lake Maggiore and/or the city of Locarno. Some have multiple bathrooms. All have dishwashers, microwaves, coffeemakers, ovens, ranges, and refrigerators. Common-use laundry machines are in the building basements. Although we do not encourage

STANDARD APARTMENT

Locarno standard apartment double bedroom.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

car use in Switzerland, all our Locarno

 

 

apartments have a single assigned

PLUS APARTMENT

Locarno plus-quality apartment double bedroom.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

parking space for one car in the building's underground garage.

FLOORS & ENTRIES: The apartments are on various floors of modern apartment buildings of 6-8 stories. The buildings have secure entrances to small lobbies where elevators are located. All of our Locarno apartments are well-located, safe, and very livable.

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.

WELL-EQUIPPED: HOME AT FIRST's Locarno apartments have, as a minimum, 1 double or twin bedroom, 1 bathroom with a shower, living/dining room, a covered balcony, and a well-equipped kitchen. Multiple bedroom and multiple bathroom apartments with capacities up to 6 persons are available. Bed, bath, and kitchen linens and towels are provided. Flat-screen TV and WiFi are included.

HOSTING: Importantly, all our Locarno apartments come with the welcoming, enthusiastic attention of your apartment's

PREMIUM APARTMENT

Locarno superior apartment double bedroom.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

English-speaking host or hostess, who is

 

committed to making your stay in their accommodation delightful and problem-free. Your host or hostess meets you upon your apartment arrival and introduces you to your apartment and its operation, and 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.).

STANDARD APARTMENT —
OPEN-PLAN LIVING ROOM
AND DINING ROOM

Open-plan living room/dining room of a Home At First Locarno standard-quality apartment.
Note the open doorway to the kitchen and the closed doorway to the balcony. (The four stacked
blue chairs between the two doorways are for use on the balcony.) Solid, well-maintained
furnishings  make these standard-quality Locarno apartments practical and comfortable.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

 

PLUS APARTMENT — OPEN-PLAN LIVING ROOM,
DINING ROOM, BALCONY, & KITCHEN

Open-plan living room/dining room, kitchen, & balcony of a Home At First Locarno plus-quality apartment.
Practical, solid, comfortable furnishings plus multiple bathrooms give these spacious,
better-quality Locarno apartments their upgraded value.

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PREMIUM APARTMENT —
OPEN-PLAN LIVING ROOM,
DINING ROOM, & KITCHEN

Open-plan living room/dining room of a Home At First Locarno superior-quality apartment.
Personal touches, including stylish furnishings and matching art, are found in these spacious,
high-quality Locarno apartments, giving them a distinctive near-luxury  character.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

 

LOCARNO

LOCARNO LAKEFRONT SHOWING HOME AT FIRST APARTMENTS LOCATION

Locarno's Lake Maggiore waterfront showing the Debarcadero passenger boat landing. Home At First's Locarno  apartments are located in high rise buildings to the left of the Debarcadero, within 5-minutes walk to the  quay. Locarno's two rail stations and bus station are in a transportation center not visible, 2-3 minutes walk to the right of this picture. Not visible to the left of the picture is Locarno's Lido swimming beach, a 20-minute walk or short bus trip.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

LOCARNO APARTMENT LOCATIONS & PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

 

Italian lake boat moored at the Debarcadero, within sight of our Locarno apartments (right).

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

HOME AT FIRST's Locarno vaca- tion apartments are located in three 6-to-8- story buildings along the town's Lake Maggiore water-front, just 5-minutes walk from the Debar-cadero boat quay. From here conventional boats and high-speed hydrofoils carry passengers up and down the

 

lake.

          Two to three walking minutes

 

beyond the Debarcadero is Locarno's principal transportation center comprised of two international train stations (one operated by the Swiss Federal Railways, the other — for the wonderfully scenic Centovalli rail line west to Domodossola, Italy, operated by Locarno's regional transportation company) and Locarno's main bus station with city and regional buses, plus Swiss Postal Buses which carry passengers and the mail into fascinating, remote alpine valleys north-

 

 Walking into Locarno's bus and train station.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

east, northwest, and west of Locarno.

 

 

       Midway

 

Cimetta — almost a mile above Locarno with a view across the Alps toward Mont Blanc.

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between the Debarcadero and the rail and bus station is the small station of the Locarno-Madonna del Sasso funicular. This steeply-inclined cable-pulled, rail vehicle climbs to the architectural landmark church of Madonna del Sasso and beyond to Orselina,
gaining nearly

 

200 meters

of altitude over its 6-minute journey.

 

           Three minutes up the street from Orselina station is the lower station of the aerial cableway to Cardada, more than a kilometer above Locarno. At Cardada, a 5-minute walk leads to the lower station of the chairlift to Cimetta, another 300+ meters to the top of the mountain. At Cimetta, nearly a vertical mile above Locarno, trails and the view extend in every direction. The mountain draws hikers, skiers, paragliders, and gawkers who find its rugged, alpine, open heights so close to Locarno to be the height of convenience.

          Buses to Ascona and into the Maggia Valley and beyond are reached at the Via della Pace stop, a 7-minute walk toward Locarno's central Piazza Grande (main square). Piazza Grande is lined with an Italianate arcade of shops and restaurants. The cobbled square is the site of Locarno's annual (August) international film festival. Leading uphill from Piazza Grande are several narrow alleys leading into Locarno's medieval Citta Vecchia old town. Here a warren of medieval alleyways lined with stores, restaurants,

 

Alley in Locarno's Citta Vecchia Old Town
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

galleries, and grottoes (taverns) invites strolling.

 

 

          Three supermarkets and a

 

Arcaded Italianate Buildings Line Locarno's Piazza Grande
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

large grocery store are within 5 to 15 minutes walk of the apart-ments, as are several banks, restaurants, and other shops.

          Boats depart Locarno frequently. Some simply serve the Swiss portion of Lago Maggiore — the upper one-sixth of the lake — while others connect Locarno to ports from Tenero in Switzerland at the northeastern end of the lake all the way to Stresa and Arona, Italy, on the southwestern end of the lake. Unlike the regular rhythms of bus and train schedules, boat services from/to Locarno happen sporadically, averaging about hourly throughout the day. Boats are fun, breezy,

 

and scenic. But, if you are in a

hurry to get

 

somewhere along Lago Maggiore, your best transport option may be by train or bus.

NOTE: The public transportation pass you will have is valid for almost all rail and bus transport in Italian Swit- zerland, but is not valid on the boats of Lago Maggiore, the cableways from Locarno to

 

Centovalli train at Camedo, Switzerland-Italy border station west of Locarno.
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

Cimetta, and

 

may not apply to Centovalli trains beyond Camedo station into Italy.

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