Things to see and do - Bellinzona
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Bellinzona Travel guide
Bellinzona : Michelin's recommendations
Bellinzona is an inevitable point of passage for transalpine traffic taking the routes through St Gothard, Lukmanier or San Bernardino on the Italian side of the Alps. It has gone from being a thousand-year-long stronghold defending Tessin to being the canton's administrative capital (since 1803). But contrary to appearances there is nothing austere about this Lombardic town. The authentic, bustling market, as well as the region's most lively carnival, should certainly be able to convince you.
Tourist attractions Bellinzona : Things to see and do
Piazza del Sole CH - 6500 Bellinzona
A natural centre for the defence of the walled city, protected by steep cliff faces, this very old castle can be seen from afar with its two square towers. From 1250-1500 it was surrounded by major fortifications that can be seen today. The buildings..
Viale Stazione CH - 6500 Bellinzona
Built in the 13C by the powerful Rusca family, this losenge-shaped citadel became the property of the Viscontis in the following century. A drawbridge leads across the moat into the central part which is surrounded by 14-15C fortifications. The keep ..
CH - Bellinzona
Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano benefit from an exceptionally mild climate for their latitude, thanks to the Alto Ticino mountains. At the southern extremity of the Alps, this protective barrier has never been an insurmountable obstacle for people, nei..
via General Henri Guisan 1 CH - 6500 Bellinzona
via Sasso Corbaro 44 CH - 6500 Bellinzona
One leaves present-day turmoil behind when one enters the medieval setting of this castle, the highest of the three; in summer, one can dine in the interior courtyard; rooms are renovated and the local cuisine excellent.
via Orico 13 CH - 6500 Bellinzona
Occupying a palazzo in the old town, this restaurant has two elegant and stylish dining rooms. These provide the perfect backdrop for the French and regionally influenced Mediterranean cuisine served here. Good choice of local wines.
Carrale Bacilieri 10, Ravecchia CH - 6500 Bellinzona
A pleasant, family-run restaurant. The menu includes seasonal cuisine at lunchtime and an extensive choice of Italian dishes in the evening, including fresh pasta made by the owner.
via Orico 2 CH - 6500 Bellinzona
Located in the town centre, this charming restaurant with informal service offers a light à-la-carte menu for lunch and two set menus - from four to eight courses - in the evening. Modern, seasonal cuisine.