— Get the view!
When traveling around Lake Maggiore go up to Locarno, Switzerland; which is a town at the top of the lake; and make sure to take two funicular rides to the top of Cimetta Mountain for a spectacular view! Take the funicular from Locarno up to Orselina where you can see the Madonna del Sasso (see below for details) and from there take the gondola to the top of the mountain.
The Gondola runs from Orselina to the top of Cardada (elevation of 1,340m or 4,400 feet) with a chair lift then available to the top, Cimetta at 1,671m or 5,482 ft. From Orselina to Cardada it is 28 francs round trip and the chair lift is another 20 francs or so (prices as of summer 2012). Cimetta is the mountain in the Lepontine Alps above Locarno on Lake Maggiore.
*Make sure you go to the left when you get out at Cardada and walk to the look out point via a modern bridge that is suspended in the air and allows for spectacular views of the lake and valleys below (see photo above)!
The main site to see in Locarno, Switzerland:
— Madonna del Sasso – The sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso above Locarno is one of the main attractions and is still a pilgrimage destination. This Franciscan sanctuary was constructed in 1487. This sanctuary is where Brother Bartholomeo da Ivrea was said to have seen the Virgin appear. It is situated on the edge of the mountain and set against an impressive backdrop of mountains.
To reach Madonna del Sasso above Locarno, take the funicular (found to the left of the train station) which runs every half hour.