After a memorable meal at a grotto, take advantage of your pass to branch out further. The town of Gandria makes a nice end to a 45-minute hike, but you can get the best views from the boats plying Lake Lugano. Even more charming is Morcote, with its winding streets, and the view from the 15th century cliffside Chiesa Santa Maria del Sasso. Bellinzona, the capital of the Ticino canton, features three UNESCO-protected castles, partially linked by an extensive system of walls. The Castlegrande provides the best views of the other castles, and the town below. After lunch there, you can continue on to colorful Ascona, on Lake Maggiore. For a taste of traditional Switzerland, visit the isolated, dramatic Verzasca Valley, which you can explore by boat, then panoramic train.
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