The Swiss city of Locarno is on the north of Lake Maggiore, close to Ascona at the base of the Alps. One of the most notable events that takes place in this part of the country each year is the Locarno International Film Festival. If you are visiting in August then the Piazza Grande is the place to enjoy some new and interesting cinema. The city also has a total of nine Swiss heritage sites which are of national significance. Car hire in Locarno allows you to head to one of the most interesting sights in Locarno, the Astrovia Locarno, which is a 1:1,,, scale model of the solar system.