Today, enjoy a journey on the breathtaking Centovalli Railway.
With a name meaning 'One Hundred Valleys', the Centovalli Railway
connects Locarno in Switzerland to Domodossola in Italy.
Construction of the line was delayed with the advent of the First
World War, so it did not open until 1923. However, with its
beautiful bridges over some incredible lakeside and valley scenery,
the line has remained open ever since, being especially popular
You wind through valleys and past deep ravines, over bridges and
through tunnels, on a marvellous route between Domodossola and the
lakeside town of Locarno. First mentioned in records in 807AD when
controlled by Italian nobility, Locarno had previously been a Roman
settlement, although this area of Lake Maggiore bears evidence of
inhabitation since prehistoric times. Its long and colourful
history has bestowed a wealth of historic buildings upon Locarno
and today the city boasts nine individual Swiss Heritage Sites of
National Significance, including the twelfth century Castello
Visconteo, and the Church of Saint Francesco which dates from
On arrival in Locarno, you are free for lunch and to explore.
Perhaps visit the beautiful Sacred Mount Madonna del Sasso, a
stunning historical and religious site perched above the village.
Reportedly built by a Franciscan friar after an apparition of the
Virgin Mary appeared to him on the spot, the church boasts
fantastic views over Locarno from the rocky outcrop where it rests.
Later, take the scenic route back to the hotel, with a blissful
cruise across the lake to Stresa.