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Lake Maggiore is located a few miles from the Italian border, only a short 50km drive from the beautiful city of Locarno. With a warm blissful Mediterranean climate Locarno is a great place to visit. There are many shops catering to all tourists, and many attractions to visit. Locarno is a convenient base from which to explore the Alpine surroundings. To improve your stay here in Locarno why not purchase a hire car. Gain the freedom to explore the area in your own time by booking cheap car hire in Locarno right here with us.
Visit the beautiful Santuario Della Madonna Del Sasso, which can be found high up on the hillside in Orselina, over looking Locarno and Lake Maggiore. A great sight for taking stunning photographs of the area. It was found during 1480, and is filled with great works of art, such as the Bramantino's Flight into Egypt (1520). Just opposite the basilica is a fabulous museum with the works of the famous Italian painter, Raphael.
A typical walking tour of the town should start at the piazza Grande (main square) and lead through the maze of narrow streets to the old town. The 15th century Castle Visconti houses the Town and Archaeological Museum, displaying many Roman artefacts excavated in the area; while the nearby Pinacoteca Casa Rusca Museum displays contemporary works of art.
The piazza Grande is riddled with boutiques selling everything from antiques and art to Swiss and Italian handicrafts, as well as high fashion clothing from Milan. If a stroll along the lakefront or hotel entertainment isn’t of interest, you can head to nearby Lugano for livelier nightlife.
With a hire car drive out of Locarno and visit it's many surrounding villages which offer tourists peaceful lakes to sit and enjoy with spectacular scenery, beautiful churches and not forgetting the wine tasting. Among them are Gandria, Ascona, Morcote and Como which is locate in Italy, as well as Campione and Luino. Alternatively, drive along the scenic Lake Maggiore waterfront or take a boat ride to Isole di Brissago.
Zurich is located 200 kms from Locarno, so if you have the time it is definitely worth a visit. Another fabulous city, which is located only 119kms away, is the fashion capital Milan.
Direct trains from Lausanne or Bern take four hours to reach Locarno. The nearest airport is at Lugano, 45 minutes away by train.
Car hire is available at the airport, so make sure you prebook online today to get the best offers. Avis, Sixt, Europcar and Hertz operate from desks at Lugano Airport, but for a wider selection of car types, and with over forty suppliers to choose from, you will definitely get a better deal with us, as prices are also very steep at the airports.