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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 a Home At First apartment along the Lake Maggiore waterfront in the New Town section of 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: Interior apartment photos on this page are taken from more than one apartment
and more than one building in the lakeside New Town section of Locarno.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

— HOME AT FIRST LODGINGS IN LOCARNO —

HOME AT FIRST's vacation apartments are located in 3 sections of Locarno:

MURALTOLocarno's eastern satellite community of Muralto is the site of several HOME AT FIRST apartments. Muralto is also the site of Locarno's train/bus station, and home to a thriving restaurant row along its lakefront. Our Muralto apartments offer great convenience (3-5 walking minutes) to local, regional, and long-distance transportation. Three major supermarkets are just a few minutes away.

New Town — in three 6-to-8-story buildings along Locarno's New Town Lake Maggiore waterfront, just 5-minutes walk from the Debarcadero boat quay, 10-minutes walk to the train and bus station, and 5-10 walking minutes from groceries, shops, stores, and the historic Piazza Grande central square.

THE OLD CITY — several apartments in the atmospheric, medieval Città Vecchia (Old City) of Locarno, up a short hill from the Piazza Grande central square. Shops, stores, and markets are close by (1-5 minutes walking distance). The train/bus station and Debarcadero are 10-15 walking minutes away, but a busy principal bus stop is just 3-5 walking minutes from the apartments.

WHAT ARE THE APARTMENTS LIKE?

        Every HOME AT FIRST Locarno apartment is unique. Yet all share certain amenities and features. As examples of HOME AT FIRST Locarno standard, plus, and superior lodgings, the following photos are from several vacation apartments in high-rise (6 to 8 story) buildings along the picturesque lakefront of Locarno's modern New Town. These clean, spacious, well-equipped apartments offer modern décor throughout, and elevator ease and security of entry — all this with balcony views of Lago Maggiore and/or the cityscape of Locarno. Not all our apartments are modern in style and décor, nor do most have such outstanding views as these, and few others are in high-rise apartment buildings. However, despite being in three distinctly different sections of Locarno and having different décor, all HOME AT FIRST apartments are spotlessly clean, well-equipped, and located close to stores, shops, and transportation. Importantly, all HOME AT FIRST Locarno 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 New Town apartment. Note the larger space, the close 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.

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AMBIENCE & FEATURES: 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. Some come with private balconies overlooking Lake Maggiore and/or the city of Locarno. Some have multiple bathrooms. Most have WiFi, dishwashers, microwaves, coffeemakers, ovens, ranges, and refrigerators. Some have built-in washing machines. Others have common-use laundry areas in building basements.

STANDARD APARTMENT

Locarno standard apartment bedroom.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

Although we do not encourage car use in

 

 

Switzerland, some Locarno apartments

PLUS APARTMENT

Locarno plus-quality apartment bedroom.

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have a single assigned parking space for one car in the building's underground garage or private lot.

FLOORS & ENTRIES: The apartments are on various floors of apartment buildings of 3-8 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. Some have concierge services during daytime hours.

CARE AND CLEANLINESS. All apartments are thoroughly cleaned prior to your arrival. None 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, 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 TVs are standard, and WiFi is available with few exceptions. Most have balconies, some with outstanding panoramic views.

 

PREMIUM APARTMENT

Locarno superior apartment bedroom.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

HOSTING: Importantly, all our Locarno

 

apartments come with the welcoming, enthusiastic attention of your apartment's 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 (touring, dining, walking, cruising, attending festivals, 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.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

 

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/MURALTO LAKEFRONT SHOWING HOME AT FIRST APARTMENTS LOCATION

          From the lakeshore of Locarno's satellite community, Muralto, near the train/bus station and Home At First's Muralto apartments one can see how close Muralto is to Locarno's Debarcadero passenger boat landing. Home At First's Locarno  New Town apartments are located in high rise buildings to the left of the Debarcadero, within 5-minutes walk to the  quay. Muralto's rail/bus station are in a transportation center (not visible in this photo), 2-3 minutes walk to the right of this picture. Home At First's Locarno Muralto apartments (also to the right of this photo) are 2-5 minutes walk from this point on the Muralto lakeshore.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

APARTMENT LOCATIONS & PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

LOCARNO

DEBARCADERO

LOCARNO BOAT LANDING SHOWING HOME AT FIRST APARTMENTS LOCATION

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

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

A WALKING TOUR OF LOCARNO STARTING AT THE DEBARCADERO

        From Locarno's Debarcadero boat quay conventional boats and high-speed hydrofoils carry passengers up and down the lake to local points in Switzerland including Ascona and Brissago, and to Italian ports including the popular outdoor markets at Luino and Connobio, the exotic, aristocratic Borromean Islands, and resort town of Stresa.
        Two to three walking minutes beyond

the Debarcadero is Locarno's principal transportation center in Muralto, comprised of two international rail stations (one for the trains of Swiss Federal Railways and the TILO Ticino-Lombardy, 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 northeast, northeast, northwest, and west

 

 

 Walking into Locarno's bus and train
station in Muralto, 3-5 walking minutes
from Home At First's Muralto apartments.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

of Locarno.
        Buses to Ascona and into the rugged, scenic Maggia Valley depart Locarno's bus station in Muralto frequently, stopping for passengers in the New Town and at the edge of the Città Vecchia, at stops convenient to
HOME AT FIRST apartments in these sections of Locarno.

LOCARNO

CIMETTA

LOCARNO'S OWN ALPINE SUMMIT

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

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

       Midway 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.

       It's a 7-minute walk from the Debarcadero or the train/bus station to 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. Ascending from Piazza Grande are several narrow alleys leading into Locarno's medieval Città Vecchia old town. Here a warren of alleyways lined with stores, restaurants, galleries, and grottoes (taverns) invites strolling through a district that has been inhabited for many centuries. Here in Città

 

 

Alley in Locarno's Old Town by Home At First's Città Vecchia apartments.
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

Vecchia is the third location of HOME AT FIRST

 

 

Locarno apartments. Like the

 

 

Arcaded Italianate Buildings Line Locarno's Piazza Grande. Home At First's Città Vecchia apartments
are about 2-minutes walk from here.
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

apartment locations in New Town and Muralto, the Città Vecchia location is near a supermarket, numerous stores, shops, banks, transportation, and restaurants. However, the Città Vecchia location has the advantage of being close to many of Locarno's most historic attractions, including the medieval Castello Visconteo castle with its da Vinci tower. 

NOTE: The public transportation pass you will receive as part of your Ticino travel package is valid for almost all rail and bus transport in Italian Switzerland, but is not valid on the boats of Lago Maggiore, and may be only partially valid on the cableways from Locarno up to Cimetta, and on Centovalli trains beyond the border into Italy.

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