This much treasured cultural heritage site is made up of a convent, the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso, the Church of the Annunciation and several chapels housing statues and painted murals. These impressive, centuries-old buildings, and the museum which tells their story, are set on a rocky outcrop offering stunning views over the Locarno region.
The Ghisla Foundation Art Collection was born from the idea of giving the local community an internationally renowned collection of art. To achieve that goal, husband and wife Pierino and Martine Ghisla have brought together the very best works of Pop Art, Arte Informale, Conceptual Art, Abstract Art and New Dada movements, as well as the works of emerging artists who are perhaps less well-known to the general public. Enjoy a unique artistic and cultural experience, taking in the museum’s unforgettable riches of modern art.
Stroll along the covered walkways of Locarno, or among the alleys and lanes of Ascona, and discover the many shops and boutiques dealing in fashion, crafts, and authentic local specialties. Browse the lively market squares and find products of every sort. Cap off your shopping trip with a visit to the stores of big luxury brands, or in shops selling souvenirs or quality crafts and antiques, not forgetting the shopping malls and the well-known Factory Outlet Foxtown, where you can find leading international brands reduced by 40% to 60%.
Come and discover the fascinating lives of birds of prey at the Locarno falconry centre, where you can observe and take close-up photos of eagles, falcons, owls, and vultures. In an environment which is wholly respectful of the animals, the sight of these incredible birds in full flight will transport you to a place where humans and nature converge.