Road Trip Through Switzerland, Italy and Austria - 3

Lugano, Locarno & Lago Como

....continued from 'Part 2'

After reaching Ticino, we stayed overnight at my friend's place (who stay at Locarno). These 2 friends I'm talkin' about are a Italian-'Swiss German' couple, who requested us to stay overnight, at their place (they had good enough place to accomodate), as we are meeting 'em, after a very long time. It was a very pleasant experience staying there, talking to 'em, playing with their cute kids. Apart from being a pleasant experience, it was also funny, as the Italian guy's face was pretty animated, when we had conversations. It was fun and a very welcome change from where I live (Bavaria, Germany), as you don't see many people with animated faces, around here.

The next day morning, after spending sometime in their house, we walked around Locarno & Ascona, to look around a bit. Locarno is a city in Ticino canton of Switzerland (Southern Switzerland), which sits on the northern side of Lago Maggiore (Lake Maggiore) and is at the foot of the Alps mountains. This city is also well known for the 'International Film Festival', that is held every year, in August. Below are some pics from Locarno (Ascona):

From Locarno (Ascona), Switzerland


From Locarno (Ascona), Switzerland


From Locarno (Ascona), Switzerland


From Locarno (Ascona), Switzerland


From Locarno (Ascona), Switzerland


From Locarno (Ascona), Switzerland


From Locarno (Ascona), Switzerland


From Locarno (Ascona), Switzerland


After Locarno, we headed towards Lugano and Lago Como (Lake Como), as we planned on looking around a bit (around these places) and then stay overnight at our next destination - 'Lago Di Garda' (German - Gardasee, English - Lake Garda). Lugano ain't that far from Locarno. So, it didn't take much time to be there. As with Locarno, Lugano is also a picturesque city, which sits around a lake and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Switzerland. It is also the third largest banking centre in Switzerland (after Zurich and Geneva). Below are a few pics from Lugano:

From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


We just drove around the lake and then climbed up the hill 'Monte Bre', which is said to be the sunniest spot of Switzerland. Here are a few more pics of Lugano, from Monte Bre:

From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


After that, we drove towards 'Lago Como' (Lake Como) and stopped by, at some point around the lake, to relax a bit, as it looked less crowded and not so hectic. Although this is so close to Lugano and looks as if it is connected to it, this belongs to Italy..and is said to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Many celebrities and rich guys have villa's around this lake. It's also taken as a status symbol, for many Germans, to have a villa, around this lake. It was indeed pretty good and relaxing, at some points, around the lake (specially, where it's not crowded). Also, the old buildings, villa's and their architechture add up to the aura of this place. Here's a video, that I shot at some point, around this lake:



....And below are some pics, from around the lake:

From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


From Lugano, Switzerland & Lake Como, Italy


That was it, for 'Lago Di Como'. It took a while, to drive around the lake (as it's pretty big) and look around things. After that, we headed towards our next destination (Lago Di Garda - Lake Garda).

........continue to 'Next Part Of The Trip'

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