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Bellinzona
Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 28, Biasca–Bellinzona
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Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 29, Bellinzona–Tesserete
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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 15, Biasca–Bellinzona
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Stage 16, Bellinzona–Tesserete
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Bellinzona
North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 7, Bellinzona–Agno
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North-South Route
Stage 6, Airolo–Bellinzona
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Graubünden Route
Graubünden Route
Stage 7, S. Bernardino–Bellinzona
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Percorso Valle Maggia
Percorso Valle Maggia
Stage 1, Bellinzona–Locarno
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Percorso Pedemontano
Percorso Pedemontano
Route 311, Riazzino–Arbedo-Castione
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Bellinzona
Magadino Skate
Magadino Skate
Route 88, Bellinzona (Castione)–Tenero
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Bellinzona

Bellinzona (German: Bellenz) is strategically positioned where the valley narrows at the southern entrance to the Alpine passes of St. Gotthard, San Bernardino and Lucomagno and is probably Switzerland's most Italianate town. The skyline of the capital of Ticino, comprising three of the best-preserved medieval castles in Switzerland, which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bellinzona (German: Bellenz) is strategically positioned where the valley narrows on the way to the Alpine passes of St. Gotthard, San Bernardino and Lucomagno (Lukmanier). The town acts as a gateway to Italy for those travelling from the North, and the keyhole to the Alps for those coming from the South.

The picturesque corners and squares, the courtyards and the neo-Classical, Italian-style theatre, and the sympathetically restored old houses tell visitors the history of what is culturally a Lombardy town. In its alleyways are richly decorated patrician houses and beautiful churches. Yet behind the austere charm of the medieval town is all the dynamic life of a modern meeting-place. Numerous boutiques, cafés and specialist shops offering culinary delicacies invite you to linger and window-shop. Each Saturday there is a big weekly market on the Piazza Nosetto.

The fortifications of Bellinzona are among the most important examples of medieval defensive architecture in the Alps, and have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the year 2000. From the Castelgrande, Bellinzona's oldest and mightiest castle, there is a beautiful view over the Old Town and the surrounding area. A little museum in the Castelgrande documents the history of Bellinzona's castles and town centre. There are also museums in the other two castles.

It was the Romans who realised the strategic importance of the site, and first built a castle here, in the first century A.D. In the Middle Ages this was extended to form a long, impregnable fortress. Because of its location, Bellinzona was always a bone of contention between the Dukes of Milan and the Swiss. It was only in 1516 that the town first became part of the Swiss Federation.

Highlights

  • Three castles – the medieval fortifications, with the castles of Castelgrande, Castello di Montebello and Castello di Sasso Corbaro, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Villa dei Cedri – municipal art gallery with Swiss and Italian paintings from late 19th and early 20th century, as well as contemporary art. There is a particular focus on artists from the local area.
  • Old Town – in the area around the Piazza Nosetto, Via del Teatro and Piazza del Governo, the Old Town boasts a wealth of beautiful merchants' houses, stone gateways, balconies with wrought iron railings and inn signs from a bygone era.
  • Teatro Sociale – inspired by La Scala in Milan, the building is in the typically Italian Classical style, and is the only theatre in Switzerland to have been preserved from the 19th century.
  • Modern architecture in Bellinzona – in the Castelgrande , the architect Aurelio Galfetti has cleverly integrated a boldly designed restaurant, while the Convento delle Agostiniane on the Monte Carasso has been converted into a modern training centre by the architect Luigi Snozzi.
Bellinzona (German: Bellenz) is strategically positioned where the valley narrows at the southern entrance to the Alpine passes of St. Gotthard, San Bernardino and Lucomagno and is probably Switzerland's most Italianate town. The skyline of the capital of Ticino, comprising three of the best-preserved medieval castles in Switzerland, which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bellinzona (German: Bellenz) is strategically positioned where the valley narrows on the way to the Alpine passes of St. Gotthard, San Bernardino and Lucomagno (Lukmanier). The town acts as a gateway to Italy for those travelling from the North, and the keyhole to the Alps for those coming from the South.

The picturesque corners and squares, the courtyards and the neo-Classical, Italian-style theatre, and the sympathetically restored old houses tell visitors the history of what is culturally a Lombardy town. In its alleyways are richly decorated patrician houses and beautiful churches. Yet behind the austere charm of the medieval town is all the dynamic life of a modern meeting-place. Numerous boutiques, cafés and specialist shops offering culinary delicacies invite you to linger and window-shop. Each Saturday there is a big weekly market on the Piazza Nosetto.

The fortifications of Bellinzona are among the most important examples of medieval defensive architecture in the Alps, and have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the year 2000. From the Castelgrande, Bellinzona's oldest and mightiest castle, there is a beautiful view over the Old Town and the surrounding area. A little museum in the Castelgrande documents the history of Bellinzona's castles and town centre. There are also museums in the other two castles.

It was the Romans who realised the strategic importance of the site, and first built a castle here, in the first century A.D. In the Middle Ages this was extended to form a long, impregnable fortress. Because of its location, Bellinzona was always a bone of contention between the Dukes of Milan and the Swiss. It was only in 1516 that the town first became part of the Swiss Federation.

Highlights

  • Three castles – the medieval fortifications, with the castles of Castelgrande, Castello di Montebello and Castello di Sasso Corbaro, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Villa dei Cedri – municipal art gallery with Swiss and Italian paintings from late 19th and early 20th century, as well as contemporary art. There is a particular focus on artists from the local area.
  • Old Town – in the area around the Piazza Nosetto, Via del Teatro and Piazza del Governo, the Old Town boasts a wealth of beautiful merchants' houses, stone gateways, balconies with wrought iron railings and inn signs from a bygone era.
  • Teatro Sociale – inspired by La Scala in Milan, the building is in the typically Italian Classical style, and is the only theatre in Switzerland to have been preserved from the 19th century.
  • Modern architecture in Bellinzona – in the Castelgrande , the architect Aurelio Galfetti has cleverly integrated a boldly designed restaurant, while the Convento delle Agostiniane on the Monte Carasso has been converted into a modern training centre by the architect Luigi Snozzi.

Arrival and return Bellinzona

Adresse

Bellinzonese e Alto Ticino Turismo
Palazzo Civico
6500 Bellinzona
Tel. +41 (0)91 825 21 31
info@bellinzonese-altoticino.ch
www.bellinzonese-altoticino.ch

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Camping Bellinzona
Camping Bellinzona
Bellinzona
Capanna Albagno
Capanna Albagno
Monte Carasso
Capanna Cremorasco
Capanna Cremorasco
Camorino
Capanna Gariss
Capanna Gariss
Preonzo
Capanna Genzianella
Capanna Genzianella
Giubiasco
Capanna Leìs
Capanna Leìs
Preonzo
Capanna Mognone
Capanna Mognone
Sementina
Capanna Orino
Capanna Orino
Gudo
Hotel Bellinzona Sud
Hotel Bellinzona Sud
Monte Carasso
Hotel Internazionale
Hotel Internazionale
Bellinzona
Hotel Unione
Hotel Unione
Bellinzona
Ostello per la Gioventù Bellinzona
Ostello per la Gioventù Bellinzona
Bellinzona
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Places of interest

Monastery of Santa Maria Assunta
Monastery of Santa Maria Assunta
Teatro Sociale
Teatro Sociale
The 3 Unesco castles of Bellinzona
The 3 Unesco castles of Bellinzona
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Hiking in

Bellinzona
Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 28, Biasca–Bellinzona
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Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 29, Bellinzona–Tesserete
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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 15, Biasca–Bellinzona
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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 16, Bellinzona–Tesserete
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Cycling in

Bellinzona
North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 7, Bellinzona–Agno
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North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 6, Airolo–Bellinzona
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Graubünden Route
Graubünden Route
Stage 7, S. Bernardino–Bellinzona
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Percorso Valle Maggia
Percorso Valle Maggia
Stage 1, Bellinzona–Locarno
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Percorso Pedemontano
Percorso Pedemontano
Route 311, Riazzino–Arbedo-Castione
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Skating in

Bellinzona
Magadino Skate
Magadino Skate
Route 88, Bellinzona (Castione)–Tenero
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