Three Castles, Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzona

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The Bellinzona site consists of a group of fortifications grouped around the castle of Castelgrande, which stands on a rocky peak looking out over the entire Ticino valley. Running from the castle, a series of fortified walls protect the ancient town and block the passage through the valley. A second castle (Montebello) forms an integral part of the fortifications, while a third but separate castle (Sasso Corbaro) was built on an isolated rocky promontory south-east of the other fortifications.

Why should you visit?

The fortified ensemble of Bellinzona is an outstanding example of a late medieval defensive structure guarding a key strategic Alpine pass.

Year of Inscription: 2000

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The Bellinzona site consists of a group of fortifications grouped around the castle of Castelgrande, which stands on a rocky peak looking out over the entire Ticino valley. Running from the castle, a series of fortified walls protect the ancient town and block the passage through the valley. A...

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Places to stay

  • In Como
  • Hotel Gamper

Places to eat

  • Peverelli, a tea house from 1888.
  • Osteria Sasso Corbaro

Travel dates

  • April 2015
  • 2013-07-01

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