Location

Monte Verità and surrounding attractions

Monte Verità

Monte Verità, the “Hill of Truth”, stands nearly 1200 feet tall and overlooks the town of Ascona and the surrounding Lago Maggiore. The hill, which has hosted scholars for nearly 100 years, began its tradition when Rudolf von Laban set up his nudist school of “Natural and Expressive Dance” in 1913. During and after World War I artists flocked to Ascona for various reasons and by the late 60’s Monte Verità had become a fertile ground for philosophers, writers, and artists. It was visited by Isadora Duncan, Carl Jung, Herman Hesse, and Paul Klee among others. The buildings atop the hill are used mostly by the Conference Center, with some original rooms being preserved as a museum commemorating Monte Verità‘s rich history.

www.monteverita.org

 

Ascona

Ascona

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More than an outlet for sun-starved northerners, Ascona is an idyllic lakeside hamlet offering an enticing mix of natural beauty and adventure. Located just 3km south of Ticino staple Locarno, this once sleepy fishing village has been a welcome retreat to scholars for more than a century. Ascona is a small town located on a short peninsula at the edge of the Lago Maggiore. Situated just minutes from the Italian border, this tropic vacation village combines mountain views and old town charm, making it one of the most unique regions in Switzerland. While the town center may hold the pulse of the city, central Ascona’s cobbled streets leading back from the lakefront promenade are stocked with artisan galleries, jewelers, and craft shops boasting unique crafts and souvenirs. Day trips to neighboring Locarno and Lugano are easy with bus and train routes running regularly – not to mention the castle-rich town of Bellinzona and the numerous valleys and small villages which dot the mountainous region.
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Isole di Brissago

Isole di Brissago

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The Isole di Brissago are two islands located just 4 kilometers south of Ascona. Providing an ever-present sparkle to Ascona’s natural skyline, these two islands are easily accessible by hourly boats in addition to an 8.00 CHF entrance fee. The main island, St. Pancras, has a beautiful botanical garden and surrounding park space – making it the perfect location for a day trip with family.

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Old Town Borgo

Old Town Borgo

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Old Town Borgo is less than a 10-minute walk from the Conference Center and is one of the highlights of Ascona. In what used to function as Ascona’s town center, Borgo is home to the church of San Pietro e Paolo, a basilica dating back to the 16th century.  Borgo is also home to a beautiful art museum featuring paintings from artists who have visited or worked in Ascona.