Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

 

After our wonderful visit and walk round Isole di Brissago, we hopped on the ferry for the short trip back to Ascona on the mainland. This charming town lies adjacent to Locarno and is easily reached by car or bus in a matter of minutes but if you have more time the ferry ride along Lake Maggiore is the more scenic and leisurely option.

Ascona Quay Lake Maggiore

Ascona Quay Lake Maggiore

 

Ascona has the romantic feel of an old fishing village combined with the glamour and chicness of a lakeside Swiss/Italian resort. The promenade along the lake is dotted with pretty cafes, restaurants and hotels taking full advantage of the superb setting. We were very hungry by the time we arrived and keen for a late lunch! To be honest I don’t think we could have made a bad selection as all the menus we inspected looked wonderful but we were drawn to the vibrant colours of the Albergo Al Porto Ristorante and so alighted on their front terrace, sat back and basked in the warm spring sunshine. It was quite idyllic – the food was delicious, the view of the shimmering lake mesmerising and the atmosphere laid back and casual. The restaurant is attached to the Al Porto hotel and I’m pleased to say it is still very much in business and you can find out further details here. The website for the most part is in German, which is interesting given that Ascona is in Italian speaking Ticino. I should therefore imagine that it is used frequently by Swiss German visitors coming down in search of southern sunshine. You don’t need to speak German or Italian to admire the photos though!

 

 

 

We eventually prised ourselves off our chairs and set off to explore the little streets that led off the promenade.

 

Street leading into Ascona Old Town

Street leading into Ascona Old Town

 

The Old Town of Ascona has buildings dating back to medieval times, cobbled streets that all ultimately lead back to the lake and many pretty shops and boutiques. We didn’t have much time so I couldn’t explore the shops (Monsieur Le Chic did not seem too perturbed by this!). We did come across two fine looking churches, Santi Pietro e Paolo, (which has a magnificent interior though we hadn’t time to go inside) and the impressively named Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia (part of the Catholic school, Collegio Papio).

 

 

We wended our way back to the lakeside promenade and enjoyed a last walk along the front to the end and back before reluctantly setting off back to our Locarno base via the ferry.

 

 

Le Chic En Rose is setting off on travels in the near future – more details next week! In the meantime I’ll leave you with a lingering look at Ascona from Lake Maggiore. Caio for now!

 

Ascona viewed from Lake Maggiore

Ascona viewed from Lake Maggiore

 

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30 thoughts on “Lunching In Ascona!

  1. lclalor says:

    Good to know I’ll never run out of lovely places to visit. I hadn’t heard of Ascona before but it’s definitely charming. I can’t wait to read where you’re headed to next.

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    1. Thanks so much – Ascona is a beautiful little town tucked away at the northern shore of Lake Maggiore the Swiss end 🙂 Heading off to Europe again visiting family then a sideways trip to Europe – in the rushing around organising phase at the moment!

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  2. kayrpea61 says:

    We also loved Lake Maggiore. There are so many such neat little towns. Never long enough to explore them all. Those desserts are just obscene 🙂

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    1. It’s such a wonderful part of the world isn’t it? You want to linger everywhere – as you say there’s never enough time to explore all the little towns. Back in the day the “leisured classes” used to go and stay there for months at a time!! The desserts were amazing 🙂

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  3. Love the oranges of Ristorante Albergo against the blues of Lake Maggiore, the clock tower at the Church of Santi Pietro e Paulo Ascona, the view of Ascona from Lake Maggiore and of course, every picture with a boat in it. What a lovely place!

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    1. Thanks Lisa yes it certainly is a lovely place and you’d love all the boats too – it’s so relaxing being by the lake! The colours were wonderful too 🙂

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  4. Lucy says:

    What a beautiful area! Buildings dating back to medieval times? Wow… I love places with so much history. I can tell you had a wonderful time. Thank you for a gorgeous virtual tour. The pictures are amazing! Have a lovely weekend! x

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    1. Thanks Lucy – Lake Maggiore is very beautiful and the history is so interesting too. The Old Town had many old buildings – it was wonderful to explore it. Am glad I could share the photos we took a lot! Have a lovely weekend too! 🙂

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  5. I misread the title as launching in Ascona and thought that it was going to be a boating story!

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    1. Sorry to disappoint you Andrew! I always like a good lunch! 🙂

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  6. Wow Rosemary – those views and those ice-creams!!! Both are splendid. Looks like a gorgeous little place to explore, all your pictures are stunning but the last one with those snowy peaks in the background is really spectacular. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. The views were amazing Joy and the ice creams were mouth-watering!! I don’t think you could take a bad photo around Lake Maggiore – photo opportunities abound! I’ve always loved lakes and mountains as well so particularly loved the effect of the sun on the lake and the pretty town with the snow capped mountains behind! Have a great weekend! 🙂

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  7. I love old towns with medieval atmosphere. There is nothing best than a cobbled street. The wisteria (purple flower) is gorgeous. I love them ! One of my favourite flowers I think. In the evening, you can smell them, the perfume can be intoxicating sometimes 🙂

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    1. Me too Gin I love anywhere with an old town, cobbled streets and medieval buildings! We do miss out a bit here in Perth that’s why I love my Old Town “fix”when I come over to Europe! We have a beautiful purple wisteria that grows above our garage – there is a lovely scent in the evenings when the flowers are out (usually spring/early summer here). There was a profusion of wisteria in the Lake Maggiore region obviously a very favourable climate – it’s such a gorgeous flower as you say! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

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  8. Amy says:

    Such a charming town! Beautiful photos! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Amy the colours really appealed to me and the Old Town! 🙂

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  9. Looks like another lovely place to visit! It seems like it have a very nice atmosphere. And that you were lucky with the weather. Love the view from the restaurant as well! I am excited to see where you take us to next! 🙂
    Wish you a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Hanne I really loved that view from the restaurant just makes me feel happy by looking at the photo! We were lucky with the weather that day – the sun came out and it started to feel quite warm! Will be doing a lot of travelling over the next month so will explain more next week. Have a lovely weekend too! 🙂

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  10. restlessjo says:

    Those lakeside colours are wonderfully vibrant, Rosemay. I could daydream a week or two of my life there, for sure. 🙂

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    1. I know the colours by the lake are so lovely aren’t they Jo especially with the beautiful awnings too! It would be lovely to while away a few weeks here I think – a bit like the “leisured classes” in the old days! 🙂

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  11. Wow, Ascona looks absolutely beautiful. I love the old, cobbled streets and cafe/restaurants by the water – it must have been very peaceful. Those ice creams look delicious! This is my type of relaxing!

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    1. It was so peaceful and relaxing there just the sort of place you could while away hours (or days!) and the ice creams were wonderful! 🙂

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  12. Nin S. says:

    Beautiful place, I am jealous….

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    1. It is lovely somewhere I’d love to go back to some day!

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  13. Beautiful!! I have never been there, even though I lived in Switzerland. I should probably consider visiting it, since it looks like the kind of place I would love to see!! 😀

    Happy to have you on board #MondayEscapes. The badge worked perfectly 😀

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    1. Thanks Allane and I’m so glad the badge worked first time – thanks for the instructions they were easy to follow! I’m glad you liked the post – it’s such a beautiful place isn’t it? We stayed round the corner in Locarno and really enjoyed the Swiss end of Maggiore. In fact the Ticino canton would be well worth exploring further – obviously places like Ascona do attract a lot of tourists especially in the summer months but there are lots of little towns and villages that sound well worth visiting. It’s an interesting place very Italian in many respects and yet still part of Switzerland. Am happy to be part of the #Monday Escapes too it’s a great idea! 🙂 I don’t have a twitter account or instagram just a facebook page for Le Chic En Rose at this stage!

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      1. You are most welcome dear!! I am glad my instructions helped you out, other people were also having trouble with it 😀

        It is an amazing region, one that I would like very much to explore. Switzerland is a very beautiful country, and even though small, it is filled with stunning places! 😀

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        1. Yes Switzerland has so much to see in such a small geographical area – it’s so easy to get around too with the fantastic transport links! We have been a few times and I’ll always be happy to go back whenever I can even if it’s just for a couple of days! 🙂

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          1. Yes that is true 😀
            I am sure you will be back there sometime… maybe on your next trip to Europe!!

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            1. Looking forward already to our next trip though we haven’t made any definite plans yet! 🙂

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