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6600 Locarno - Ticino
The 11th European Conference on the use of radar in Meteorology and Hydrology, ERAD2020, will be held at the PalaCinema in Locarno, the “House of Cinema”, which is situated in the historic center of Locarno.
Since its inauguration in 2017 for the 70th edition of the International Film Festival of Locarnoit hosts the Golden Pardo (International Film Festival award). PalaCinema also provides new spaces for the management of the festival, as well as a platform for new collaborations between the cinema sector and audiovisual production. For the rest of the year, PalaCinema is used as a space for events and as a classic theater.
Situated in the center of Locarno, at the western end of Piazza Grande, PalaCinema is easy to reach.
The “Piazza Castello” bus stop is right in front of the conference center, and the “Locarno SBB/CFF/FFS” train station is situated at a 15 minute walking distance. For those who book their hotels in Locarno, the conference center is also easy to reach on foot.
Locarno is built on the delta of the magnificent Maggia river, in the western part of Ticino. The Locarno region is surrounded by Lake Maggiore, a breathtaking alpine landscape and several beautiful valleys, such as the Verzasca and Maggia valleys.
Nature is not the only attraction of the region; the traditions and culture of the region, as well as the artistic heritage are worth mentioning. The Sacro Monte della Madonna del Sasso, Monte Verità, the Visconteo Castle and the Old Town are just a few examples of this interest.
A mild climate and its special position on the southern side of the Alps allow several year-round activities to take place, from such events of great acclaim as the Locarno Film Festival, the Moon and Stars’ pop concerts and the Ascona Jazz festival to different leisure activities, such as biking, hiking, mountaineering, aquatic sports or climbing activities at the entrance to the spectacular Maggia valley.
Ticino is the southern-most Canton of Switzerland and is situated just beyond the Swiss Alps, on the border with Northern Italy. Made up of 4 main regions (Mendrisiotto, Luganese, Bellinzonese and Locarnese), Ticino has a population of about 350’000 people.
The morphology of Ticino is characterized by the presence of glacial lakes, mountains that rise to 3’400 meters above sea level, deep valleys and hundreds of kilometers of rivers, all of which create a spectacular and attractive environment. Ticino mixes the best of Switzerland and Italy, and is characterized by its unique nature, architecture, culture and gastronomy.
The official language in Ticino is Italian, one of the four official Swiss languages, but many of the people who live there also speak French, German and English.
TRAVEL TO LOCARNO
Locarno is easy to reach by car, train, or bus.
International visitors usually reach Locarno by train, car or bus, after arriving at either Zurich airport (ZRH) in Switzerland or at Milan Malpensa airport (MXP) in Italy. Other airports, such as Genève, Milano Bergamo or Milano Linate may also be used to reach Locarno.
FROM ZURICH AIRPORT
TRAIN - 1° OPTION
Duration of trip: 2:26 hours.
Trains at 48 minutes each hour
TRAIN - 2° OPTION
Duration of trip: 2:26 hours.
This train have a change at Arth-Goldau
After arrival at Zurich airport, Locarno can easily be reached by train: the train station “Zürich Flughafen” is located inside the airport. Most of the train changes must be made at the Zurich and Bellinzona stations, although other connecting trains are available in Arth Goldau and Rotkreuz. The journey from the airport to Locarno takes about 2:40 hours via the new Gotthard base tunnel, which is currently the longest rail tunnel in the world. The SBB/CFF/FFS website or the SBB/CFF/FFS Mobile app can be used to search for train connections and to purchase tickets. The tickets can also be purchased at a ticket machine or at the rail service center at Zurich airport.
Alternatively, it is possible to rent a car directly at the airport, follow the A2 highway to Bellinzona and from there reach Locarno. The journey lasts about 2:30 hours (see the route here). For more information regarding transport, we suggest consulting the Zürich Flughafen website.
FROM MALPENSA AIRPORT
TRAIN - MXP TERMINAL 2
Duration of trip: 2:22 hours.
Trains at 13 minutes each hour
TRAIN - MXP TERMINAL 1
Duration of trip: 2:16 hours.
Trains at 19 minutes each hour
After arrival at the Milano Malpensa airport, visitors can take the Tilo S50 train, which connects Malpensa Terminals 1 and 2 with Ticino. However, Tilo S50 does not go directly to Locarno; it is necessary to change train in Giubiasco. The journey from the airport to Locarno takes about 2:15 hours. The SBB/CFF/FFS website or the SBB/CFF/FFS Mobile app can be used to search for train connections and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at a ticket machine or at the rail station ticket office at the airport.
Alternatively, it is possible to rent a car at the airport and follow the Italian A8 and A60 highways and then the Swiss A2 highway to reach Bellinzona and then Locarno. The journey takes about 1:30 hours (see the route here). Other transportation means, such as taxi or car sharing, are also available at Malpensa airport. More information can be found on the Milan Malpensa airport website.
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