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A very Present Middle Age

THE PERFECT MOMENT
  • 21 April – 16.45
  • 21°
  • Surprised

In Bellinzona, everything is close at hand, from the World Heritage castles to the city centre. From history to now, in a trice; from the time-worn walls to the street market. A city rich in memories and traditions that attracts visitors from everywhere.

All roads lead to the castles. At the last bend, a mysterious force drives you forward to cross the drawbridge. Step by step, the present fades away and the past comes to life. You don’t know what awaits you, but the door is open and it invites you to find out. On crossing the threshold, you are catapulted into another age peopled by ladies and knights where even the air you breathe is mediaeval and fantasies can become reality. 

What other surprises can Bellinzona offer? The answer is right there under your eyes. From the three castles, you can see the traditional street market that enlivens the city. In its crowded streets, with their family atmosphere, you will be captivated by the range of colours, aromas and flavours.

Piazza Nosetto, the market on Saturday morning

Typical products from all around Ticino

Bissolo, treat made of chocolate and chestnut

Old town and castles

The three Castles, World Heritage Site

Castelgrande

Sasso Corbaro Castle

Montebello Castle

You will find yourself shoulder to shoulder with other market-goers looking for aged cheeses and spicy salami. Between one taste and another, you can exchange a few words with the local producers and craftsmen. Here you will learn about the traditions, customs and secrets behind typical Ticino recipes. 

By now it's time for a coffee. Right in front of you, in Piazza Collegiata, you have the luck to find a free place! At the Peverelli pastry shop, you will find Bissoli, delicious confectionary made of chestnuts covered with chocolate to enjoy with your cappuccino: a delicacy that sweetly recalls the city’s emblem.  

A GOOD DAY
Morning

Tour of the Saturday's market

13.30

Coffee and Bissoli in the square

Afternoon

Visit of the three castles

19.30

Dinner at Ristorante Castelgrande

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USEFUL INFO

The Saturday market takes place all year round from 8.00 to 13.00.


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