A cloudless sky, 25 ° C. Good Friday, at noon, the promenade along Lake Maggiore is packed with people. People on foot, on bikes, on scooters. Families picnic on the grass. Young people are sunbathing in bathing suits. There is who shares a bottle of wine on a public bench, who eats a pizza on the curb.
Restaurant terraces are empty. Many have converted to carry. Polenta, sandwiches, ice cream, Bratwurst… The trendy Sensi restaurant serves grilled meats on a stand in front of the lake. “Our Council of State asked that the terraces can be opened for Easter, but Bern refused. We don’t understand why; the hotels are extra full, ”says the manager.