Porto-Ronco/Ronco sopra Ascona
Porto-Ronco right on Lake Maggiore, and Ronco sopra Ascona, “the balcony above Lake Maggiore,” are situated an eight minute drive west of famous artist town Ascona in the Canton Ticino. In close vicinity to each other, they are two ancient and picturesque villages in peaceful settings that offer stunning panorama views over the lake, the Brissago Islands and surrounding mountains.
Ronco sopra Ascona has long been known as an artists’ village and offers many cultural events throughout the year. Narrow alley-ways, a cobble-stone piazza and arcades between the houses contribute to its rustic charm. San Martino Church in the nucleus of the ancient village on the pinnacle of the hilled terrace of 350 m elevation contains beautiful frescos going back to the 15th century.
Porto-Ronco lies a five minute drive below Ronco sopra Ascona directly on the shores of Lake Maggiore with direct access to lake, swimming, the harbour and boat trips up and down the lake and to the Brissago Islands.