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Ticino is a canton in the southern part of Switzerland. This canton got its name from the Ticino River, which flows through the region. This is the sole canton in Switzerland where Italian is the only official language. The canton is located close to Italian regions Lombardy and Piedmont, and shares borders with the Swiss cantons of Valais and Uri. Along with the canton of Graubunden, Ticino makes up what is known as Italian Switzerland, and it also shares a large and very deep lake, Lago Maggiore with its Italian neighbours, which is in a stunning location just south of the Alps. Staying in self catering holiday homes in Ticino makes you realise straight away what a beautiful area this is, and the view from your rental will undoubtedly be superb. The canton is divided into two by the Monte Ceneri Pass. The northern part is made up two valleys, Ticino and Maggia, and is situated around Lake Maggiore. The southern part refers to region in the vicinity of Lake Lugano.
Ticino is a real haven for nature lovers. Whether you book apartments or a private holiday home in Ticino, you are always close to nature. Many of the rentals here have a swimming pool for you to enjoy during the summer, and a lot of them also have beautiful views of Lake Lugano or Maggiore. The undulating mountain peaks and lush green valleys are magical and exhilarating. And, if you plan your vacation during some of the festivals in the canton, it will be truly unforgettable. Rental Holiday homes in Ticino are available in the form of a villa or chalet, or you can choose to rent Ticino apartments. Another option is renting an old stone house known as rustico. Most of these rental properties have been refurbished to ensure modern amenities and home-like comfort. The rusticos are situated in the valleys near the towns, and are ideal for people who want privacy and their own space.You can try something different when it comes to booking private holiday lettings in Ticino. You can even rent alpine huts situated high in the mountains. In fact, if you love the great outdoors and enjoy mountaineering, skiing, rock climbing and hiking, these alpine huts may be the perfect accommodation for you to stay in. The attraction of Ticino holiday rentals extends to the numerous agriturismos dotting the area. Especially popular during the summer months, agriturismo refers to a farm or other agriculturally based operation, and provides the opportunity to experience Swiss rural life first hand with the friendly locals. Visitors can enjoy fresh produce, like salami, vegetables, fruits, cheeses and honey, and the children can see farm animals up close. Also, many agriturismos offer horse riding as a way of exploring the woods, valleys, meadows and mountains in the vicinity. This makes Ticino an ideal destination fort a family vacation.
If you decide to rent Ticino apartments, you'll have the chance visit numerous museums, art galleries and churches, and enjoy open air festivals. The festivals showcase films, theatrical performances, music concerts and sports events. Whether you are staying in Ticino apartments or holiday lettings Ticino, the local cuisine will tempt you to indulge in a variety of dishes. The most popular is risotto, but there are many other dishes that are worth trying. Golf lovers will enjoy their stay at Ticino, as the canton has three 18-hole golf courses. The canton also houses two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely Monte San Giorgio and the three Castles of Bellinzona. The former is a mountain where dinosaur fossils dating back to over 200 million years have been found, while the latter are medieval castles. The places in and around Ticino are so beautiful, that it would be a pity if you stayed here for a week without taking some time during your vacation to travel around. Due to its perfect location on the map, it is easy to travel to the bordering country of Austria, where you could visit Vorarlberg, and you're certainly not far from Trentino and the Dolomites in Italy. When you stay in a rental property in Ticino, you are never far from a shopping area. The shops lining squares and alleys of historic town centres, the local markets and the arcades in Lugano, will tempt you to buy local produce, local crafts, antiques, clothes and jewellery. Have a good stay!
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