Campione d’Italia, a charming Italian village in the heart of Switzerland

I don’t why, but I often write winter travel blog posts in Summer (and vice-versa)! Today, I want to bring you along as I explore the small Italian town of Campione d’Italia. I visited it on a warm weekend in July as I was invited to attend an event organized by the Hotel Melià, which is, unquestionably, one of the most beautiful in the area. You can read more about this hotel at this link: Hotel Melia Campione: when an event becomes an amazing experience.

The two-day event allowed me to explore this charming village and to know lots of interesting people, it was great!


Geographically, Campione d’Italia is located in Switzerland’s Canton Ticino. However, the town is actually on Italian soil, though it is surrounded by Swiss territory.

Campione d’Italia has a fascinating history and it’s truly a one-of-kind town. Why you ask?

  • Wages are paid in Swiss francs and the current currency is not the Euro.
  • The town is protected by the Italian police.
  • Cars carry Swiss plates.
  • To post a letter you need to use Italian stamps.
  • Electricity is supplied directly from Italy.
  • The telephone lines are from the Swiss network.

It’s all very unique, isn’t it? 🙂


History and Art -> From the marvelous works by the ‘Campionesi Masters’ to the wonderful frescoes that adorn the town, Campione d’Italia is imbued with history, as attested by the ancient cobblestone streets that criss-cross the town.

Panoramas -> Needless to say that, given its location, visitors are rewarded with sweeping vistas everywhere they turn. Campione d’Italia overlooks the towns of Lugano and Morcote and after dark, the view is just magnificent. How can it not be when Morcote was voted the most beautiful village in the whole of Switzerland?



Fun -> The town is famous for its casino (the locals consider it an eyesore, as it does not fit the marvelous landscape surrounding it at all). It was built in 1917 and inaugurated in 1936, becoming an instant attraction. An imposing structure, it was meant to welcome large crowds. If you don’t get to visit the casino in person, you can always gamble online (trust only those with an AAMS license). Always remember to play in moderation and that only adults over 18 years old are allowed to gamble in Italy.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!



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