Back in October, when winter was already approaching in our region, we spent a couple of weeks exploring and looking for sunshine in Ticino, the Italian part of Switzerland. It can only be reached by going over or under the Alps — we spent 15 minutes driving through the Gotthard Tunnel, a wonder of modern engineering that should be avoided by the claustrophobic.
On the other side, there are an array of beautiful, very steep valleys, a central plain that was once a malaria-ridden marsh but has now been drained for agriculture, and the northern ends of three long, narrow Italian lakes. We first had a couple of rainy days in the city of Locarno, but then it cleared up and had a wonderful time doing a lot of very vertical hiking and catching some rays. We ended up with a lakeside stroll in the other major city, Lugano.
Here are some images I captured to remind me of that lovely place. Hope you enjoy seeing them too.