168 Route 26. LOCARNO. Lago Maggiore.
from Stresa 40 c). The hours of starting mentioned in the time-tables are
not always rigidly adhered to, and in foggy weather the steamboats leave
Isola Bella and some other stations untouched. — Stations (those at which
the steamers do not touch regularly are printed in Italics): Magadino, Lo¬
carno, Ascona (small boat station), Brissago, Poggio, Cannobbio, Maccagno,
Luino, Cannero, Oggebbio, Ghiffa (small boat station), Porto Valtravaglia,
Calde, Laveno (touched at on every trip but one), Intra, Pallanza, Suna,
Feriolo, Baveno, Isola Superiore, Isola Bella (small boat station), Stresa,
Belgirate, Lesa, Meina, Angerd, Arona. Restaurants on board the steamers.
Boats. Travellers coming from the Simplon usually take a boat at
Baveno (pp. 29, 171) to visit the Borromean Islands. The charge for an
excursion not exceeding 2 hrs. is fixed for each rower at 272fr.; for 1-3
pers. 2 rowers, for 4-6 pers. 3, more than 6 pers. 4 rowers, so that the
half-hour's passage to Isola Bella is somewhat expensive. — Half-way be¬
tween Stresa and Baveno, opposite the island, there is a ferry, where 1 - 2
fr. is exacted for a passage of scarcely lOmin., the boatmen at first demanding
5fr. The passage from Stresa costs 2fr. for each rower; the return-trip
must be paid for by time, 2fr. for each rower for the first hour and 50 c.
for each additional 72 hr. (small gratuity also expected).
Railway from Bellinzona (p. 35) to Novara (p. 77) via, Luino, 67 M.,
in 4-5 hrs. (fares 12 fr., 8 fr. 45 c, 6fr.), opened in 1882. Luino is the
seat of both the Swiss and the Italian custom-house. From stat. Laveno
(p. 170) steamers ply to Pallanza (p. 170) and Stresa (p. 172) in connection
with the trains.
The *Lago Maggiore (646 ft., greatest depth 2800 ft.), the Lacus
Verbanus of the Romans, is 37 M. in length and averages 472 M.
in width. The canton of Ticino possesses only the N. bank for a
distance of 9 M. ; this portion of the lake is also called the Lake of
Locarno. TheW. bank beyond the brook Valmara, and the E.
bank from Zenna belong to Italy. Its principal tributaries are on
the N. the Ticino (Tessin), on the W. the Tosa, on the E. the
Tresa , flowing from the Lake of Lugano. The river issuing from
the S. end of the lake retains the name of Ticino. The N. banks
are bounded by lofty mountains, for the most part wooded, whilst
the E. shore towards the lower end slopes gradually away to the
level of the plains of Lombardy. The W. bank affords a succession
of charming landscapes. The water is of a green colour in its N.
arm, and deep blue towards the S.
At the N.W. angle of the lake, at the influx of the Ticino,
lies Magadino (Bellevue, on the lake), consisting of Upper and
Lower Magadino, at which, since the opening of the railway to Lo¬
carno (p. 36), the steamers only touch once daily. — Opposite to
it, on the W. bank, lies —
Locarno (682 ft.; * Grand Hotel Locarno, with garden and
view; * Corona, on the lake; * Albergo Svizzero, in the piazza,
moderate; Rail. Restaurant; Caffe del S. Gottardo , adjoining the
Corona), with 2300 inhab., the terminus of the St. Gotthard Railway
(R. 4), situated at the mouth of the Maggia, the deposits of which
have formed a considerable delta. Politically Locarno is Swiss, but
the character of the scenery and population is thoroughly Italian.
The Collegiate Church contains a good picture (Descent from the Cross)
by Cerisi. The handsome (former) Government Buildings are situated