Beautiful Lake Lugano is Ticino's star attraction, and tourists can enjoy it in a number of ways: tour on one of the white steamers, rent a boat to sail on your own, or choose any of the dozens of mountain or shore viewpoints and gaze at it. Lugano is the largest and most important town in Ticino; its beauty and gorgeous setting make it one of Switzerland's most popular holiday resorts. The architecture, flora, and way of life reflect the region's Italian heritage and climate. Lugano is not the region's only lake. The northern end of Lake Maggiore extends from Italy into the Swiss Ticino, and at its top lies Locarno, its villas and gardens rising above the lake. Locarno and nearby Ascona are connected to Italian lake towns by regular boat services and by a shore-hugging road.