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Bellinzona - italian speaking part of Switzerland

Once seen from the south as the "key of the Alps" and from the north as the "key to Italy", Bellinzona today still reveals to the traveller a rich historical and geographical heritage dating from the Middle Ages, which lives on behind the austere charm of this Lombard town lying in the Alpine approaches. Its importance as crossroads on the ancient Gotthard highway between the Latin civilization and the Germanic world is plain to the eye. The alleys, squares, cdourtyards and old houses relate this to the passerby, but above all it is the three majestic castles with their rugged splendour and incomparable strength that tell of centuries of history written by Romans, Lombards, Swiss and Milanese. In complete harmony with this patrimony are the modern constructions of the celebrated Ticino school of architecture which create a living bond between past, present and future. Even the most inattentive traveller cannot help but be charmed and involved.

  • Last visit to Bellinzona: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated Mar 29, 2006
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Quite a nice looking destination. The train would be fun. Better yet, having a capuccino on the train would be marvelous!

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2010 at 6:13 AM

    Hi peter, good information and photos of Bellinzona! How are you lately? Do keep in touch & take care.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Peter, lovely little page about Bellinzona. We are thinking about going to Ticino on a daytrip this weekend.

  • TheTravelSlut's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2007 at 5:47 AM

    Great tips and always great photos! I can use these tips for next year's trip.Thanks! Ann, The Travel Slut

  • black_mimi99's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    its a nice place Pete...:)

  • Callavetta's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2006 at 10:31 AM

    Enjoyed your Bellinzona page.

  • broadoak2006's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2006 at 10:38 AM

    Very informative info-brought back happy memories, I visited while staying in Lugano Martin M

  • ChristinaNest's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2006 at 1:38 AM

    Another great page & cute photo model! The castle pic is great!! Will be back to read more of your Swiss pages, greetings from Bulgaria, Christina

  • Myndo's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2006 at 3:18 AM

    Always liked Ticino as a close holiday destination. You page and tips here are wonderful. This is also a very colorful warning sign!

  • easyoar's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2006 at 1:06 PM

    I didn't have Switzerland down as a place that suffered from tidal waves ;-) Nice page - long time no speak!

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