A scenic backroads drive from St. Moritz to Caslano, outside Lugano.

A more interesting route into Ticino than the usual autobahn through the Gotthard tunnel is southwest from St. Moritz into Italy to Chiavenna then straight south to Varenna on the east shore of Lake Como. There, catch the car ferry to Cadenabbia with a stop at Bellagio (where we give high marks to Hotel du Lac. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel. 031/950 320, fax 951 624).

From Cadenabbia head north on red Route #340 to Menaggio and then west to Lugano and finally Caslano, near Lugano. You'll see beautiful scenery all day.

One tip: to drive along the edge of Lake Como between Adda and Varenna, rather than on the autobahn which has lots of tunnels and few views, turn off the main road just after you cross the Adda River and follow signs to Colico, Dervio, Bellano.