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Bellinzona: the city of Castles


Bellinzona, the capital of Ticino Canton, was historically viewed from the south as the entrance to the Alps, while those coming down from the north considered it the "gate to Italy". Bellinzona today is still rich in this historical-geographical heritage from the Middle Ages, which pulses behind the austere, rigorous façade of a Lombard town situated at the natural closure of the Alpine chain.

Visitors can rediscover this historical past by exploring its narrow streets and squares and visiting its three castles, examples of incomparable power and virile beauty that recount centuries of history written by Romans and Longobards, Swiss and Milanese.

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, the three Castles of Bellinzona, like other historical and artistic monuments of past and present, are conveniently accessible, permitting an educational and rewarding visit. And on Saturday morning don't fail to visit the market in the city's historical center: there you will find the streets and squares of Bellinzona joyously animated and can purchase delicious local products.


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