This southern Swiss town of Locarno is located on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore, close to the Italian border. The Mediterranean mild climate makes a rich flora (magnolias, camellias, azaleas, oleanders) embellish the area and gives this vacation resort a warm, relaxing atmosphere. A yearly attraction in Piazza Grande is the august Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Locarno. Moreover, the heart of the city is the Piazza Grande, well-known for its annual film festival. The narrow lanes of the Old Town all lead to the Piazza. Castello Visconteo, a castle dating back to the 12th century, lies at the edge of the Old Town. About a fifth of the castle has been preserved in its original state.