Mar 14 2013
It was our fourth day of sightseeing. The weather was perfect that day! The sky was blue which means it was sunny. It was not really warm despite the sunshine but at least it was not raining like our visit to Stresa in Lake Maggiore in Italy. I still have to wear a sweatshirt to feel quite warm. That was so far a perfect day!
From our hotel in Baveno in Lake Maggiore, it is almost 50 kilometers to drive to Ascona, Switzerland. It took for our bus to arrive there almost one and a half hours considering the condition of the roads going there. Some of the roads were very narrow that sometimes our 56 passenger-bus had to stop when cars, trucks and buses aree coming from the opposite direction. That is only a safety measure to avoid road accidents. We are glad that we had a very good bus driver.
Ascona is a historical municipality in the district of Locarno in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland. I believed it is a populay tourist attraction due to its location on the shore of Lake Maggiore. According to our tour guide, it is very famous for its yearly jazz festival, the Ascona Jazz Festival. International musicians are coming to this place to perform jazz music.
There are eleven Swiss heritage site of national significance in Ascona. There are three churches on the list, the church of S. Maria della Misericordia with the Collegio Papio, the Church of S. Michele with the ruins of a medieval castle and the Parish Church of Ss. Pietro e Paolo. Three houses are on the list, the Serodine House, the Unifamiliare Tuia House and the Villa at via Ludwig 26. The Balladrum, a prehistoric and medieval settlement as well as the Albergo, a park, complex of houses and the Monte Verità Museum are also on the list. Two museums, the Museo comunale d’arte and the Museo Epper and a theater, the Teatro S. Materno finish out the list. The entire town of Ascona is listed on the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites.
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