A few weeks later we went to the Canton of Ticino for one week in July. Since it was a holiday trip with my wife, I decided to take only one lens and my Fujifilm X-T1 with me. I love having a camera with me all the time, this means it needs to be small and lightweight. I don’t wanna be fiddling around with lenses and carrying other camera gear on holidays, so this combination seemed to be the perfect travel match.
So every single image that you’ll see in this post has been shot with the X-T1 and the 23mm f/1.4.
The first stop on our trip was right on top of the San Gottardo. We decided not to drive through the tunnel, since the road over the mountain pass is just so much fun to drive. And the view is also stunning. But let’s keep the images of the road for later.
After about five hours driving we arrived at our hotel in Cademario. A small village above the city of Lugano. We were pretty exhausted so we enjoyed the view from our balcony, ordered some food and let the evening fade away with a locally brewed beer.
The next day we spent by the pool and I only took one or two images while walking our dog. I’m always impressed by the beauty of the hydrangeas they have in Ticino.
After spending a few days by the pool we decided to drive down to Lugano, go shopping and have dinner at the Trattoria Galleria. During shopping we’ve been caught by a thunderstorm, so we had to wait in one store and sit out for about one hour.
I really need to mention the Hotel Cacciatori in Cademario where we had some awesome local specialties from the Malcantone area. A risotto served in half a wheel of Parmesan cheese followed by an Osso Bucco with polenta and a delicious corn-fed chicken with chestnuts.
Definitely worth a trip is the small village Morcote, which sits on the tip of Lake Lugano with a view to Italy. We took a walk up to the church along narrow alleys and the beautiful lakeside.
That’s it folks. We headed back to Solothurn again over the beautiful road up to San Gottardo. Instead of driving through the tunnel you should definitely try this way the next time you drive to the Ticino.
Oh and not to forget: the 23mm lens was performing outstanding. I guess this combination will be the only travel kit I’ll ever use. It’s great for portraits, landscape, street and food photography. So what else could you need on a holiday?