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Archeologia Montebello

On Wednesdays in July and August, the Castles remain open until 20.00.

The new exhibition itinerary, curated by the Cantonal Office of Cultural Heritage, winds inside the Montebello Castle developing in two distinct spaces.

The Palazzetto presents the history of the medieval manor, from its construction (end of the 13th century), to the extensive restoration and reconstruction works of the period 1902-1910, up to the last important architectural intervention of the years 1971-1974 designed by architects Mario Campi, Franco Pessina and Niki Piazzoli. The narration takes place through documents, illustrations, films and photographs of the period and the various architectural projects.

The tower of the castle instead hosts an archaeological exhibition that, from the Stone Age to Romanity, retraces the stages that have marked the history of mankind and deepens some themes such as the introduction of the first form of writing in our lands and its diffusion, clothing, for example how our ancestors dressed and adorned themselves, and the funerary rites in antiquity.

Pictures of the environment, graphic animations and reproductions, accompany significant and precious archaeological finds brought to light in our territory.

To accompany visitors along the exhibition route, an app has been created where you can download a guide in four languages for CHF 1 directly onto your smartphone.

Opening hours of the museum and InfoPoint
04.04.2020 - 08.11.2020: from 10:00 to 18:00
09.11.2020 - 31.03.2021: closed
During the winter period for the Castles of Montebello and Sasso Corbaro only the external and internal courtyards can be visited.

Opening hours 2021
From 01.04.2021 to 07.11.2021: from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The access for persons with reduced mobility is only partial. For more information, please contact the InfoPoint at the castle.

Photos ©:

  • D. Rogantini-Temperli, Ufficio dei beni culturali, Bellinzona
  • Redesign

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