A short bus ride from Locarno transported us to beautiful but bustling Ascona, and from there all became more tranquil. As our ferry to the Brissago Islands broke free from the colorful port of Ascona, the clouds acquiesced, giving way to brilliant sunbeams. Lake Maggiore went from grey to sapphire, and soon the lake breeze was flirting with my hair.
Brissago’s botanical gardens proved just as alluring as the islands themselves: more than 1,500 types of flora coming from six continents, a bamboo forest cloaked in a manmade mist, a ‘Roman bath’, and an elegant villa towering over it all. Walking the paths, a blend of mint, sage, and oregano scented the air.
In Ascona, we’d picked up some Mediterranean olives, a peppery Italian cheese, gluten-free bread and fruit, which we enjoyed on a rocky wall, overlooking the amphitheater of mountains encircling the mighty lake. Aside from a quintet of ducks, a gecko or two, and a contingent of ants craving our crumbs, it was a private picnic.
The following links feature more of the canton of Ticino, to include the Brissago Islands Botanical Gardens.
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