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In Bellinzona – probably the most Italian city in Switzerland – you’ll find a real mix of grandeur and coziness. This is where the St. Gotthard and San Bernardino alpine passes come together, and it is also an ideal starting point for excursions into the surrounding mountains and valleys.

This is Bellinzona

Bellinzona stretches from the Alps in the north to the popular holiday resorts in the south. The capital of the canton of Ticino is situated in the Magadino plain on the River Ticino, not far from Lago Maggiore.

Discover Bellinzona

Stroll through the alleyways of the old town and try out Bissoli – Bellinzona’s famous sweet chestnut treat – over a cappuccino. Let yourself be catapulted back to the Middle Ages on the Castle Trail. Having returned from your trip back in time, treat yourself to a Merlot, served in a typical Ticinese boccalino, in the Grotto San Michele – and enjoy soaking up the view of the surrounding landscape while you plan your next excursion to Curzùtt or the Verzasca Valley.

Fortress of Bellinzona

This UNESCO World Heritage site is a real must-see: the well-preserved 15th-century fortress is one of Ticino’s main attractions. At the castle museum or the Museo Villa dei Cedri, you can find out more about the region’s history. Which is your favorite castle: Montebello, Sasso Corbaro or Castelgrande? No matter where you stand, the views over the city and the valley are truly unparalleled.

Old town of Bellinzona

On a tour of Bellinzona’s authentic old town, you’ll come across inviting squares, restored palazzi and cozy courtyards. The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, with its large Renaissance fresco, is well worth a visit. After so much sightseeing, you’ll be sure to work up an appetite for all the specialties that the local stores or the popular Saturday market have to offer.

Around Bellinzona

Not far from Bellinzona, you’ll find the restored village of Curzùtt. For a real adrenaline rush, cross the Carasc walkway, or go on a bike tour up Monte Ceneri or a hike into the Maggia Valley. Dolce far niente and shopping opportunities await you in Locarno and Ascona. From here, you can reach all of Ticino’s excursion destinations. 

Experience Bellinzona for less

With the Ticino Ticket, you’ll benefit from free travel via public transport as well as price reductions on many attractions throughout Ticino. The handy ticket is available even for those staying just for one night. The many outdoor activities are virtually free, while the selfies at the most beautiful photo spots are priceless.
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From 9 o'clock cloudy. Temperatures between 19 and 26 degrees.19°



From 9 o'clock cloudy. Temperatures between 19 and 26 degrees.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What activities are popular in Bellinzona?

What types of activities are available in Bellinzona?

In Bellinzona, you can engage in the following types of activities: Camping, Hike, Culinary, Gourmet tour, Biking, Canyoning, E-Bike, Mountain bike and Riverrafting.

What places are located near Bellinzona?

Near Bellinzona, you can find Lugano, Locarno, Mendrisio, Airolo and Ascona.

Which season is recommended to visit Bellinzona?

Bellinzona is suitable for visits in summer.

Which public transport options are available to reach Bellinzona?

Bellinzona is accessible by train, by local bus and by bus.