Dazio Grande

Dazio Grande is a massive ancient building which dates back to the 16th Century and stands  at the southern side of the St. Gotthard pass. In the past the building was use of as a customs check-point and as a resting place for travellers and horses. It remained in operation until the birth of the…

Madonna del Sasso Sanctuary

This national sanctuary is a very frequented place of pilgrimage in Ticino. In this place the Virgin is said to have appeared to a Franciscan monk in 1480. In the following year, 1481, the first chapel was built, and then gradually enlarged until 1663, when it finally became a convent. Until 1848 it was occupied…

Governor’s house

In the course of the 15th Century the Confederates started the conquest of Ticino and in the 16th Century the country was divided into eight advocacies. Cevio and all the Maggia were common advocacies of the 12 cantons of the Confederation, the country managed by a bailiff.

Pro Natura centre

In this town situated on the southern slope of Lucomagno (1750 masl) in a fabulous alpine environment, is given the opportunity to rediscover the bond with nature, the harmony of men with the surrounding nature. The center is primarily a restaurant and a hotel that in 1995 has received the prize as “Ecohotel of the…

LAC Lugano Art and Culture

With a view to the official opening of the LAC in 2014, the City of Lugano decided to exhibit at Swissminiatur in preview in 2011 its model. LAC is an architectural complex that brings together several spaces: a theatre and concert hall, exhibition halls, the theatre-studio and multipurpose room, a rooftop restaurant, a square for…

Farm in Ticino

The outline of a typical farm includes a closed outwards with almost all of the openings facing the inner courtyard whose outer walls are protection against intruders and burglars. A heavy door give access to the court to coaches and freight wagons. On the top floor of the master lived the owner of the estate…