Bellinzona attractions

Top Choice Castle in Bellinzona


Rising dramatically above the Old Town, this medieval stronghold is Bellinzona’s most visible icon. Head up Salita San Michele from Piazza Collegiata, or take the lift, buried deep in the rocky hill in an extraordin…
Top Choice Castle in Bellinzona

Castello di Montebello

On cloudless days, you can see Lake Maggiore from this 13th-century hilltop fortification. The fortress is one of Bellinzona’s most impressive with its drawbridges, ramparts and small museum catapulting you back to …
Top Choice Castle in Bellinzona

Castello di Sasso Corbaro

From central Bellinzona, it’s a 3.5km hike south to the Castello di Sasso Corbaro. Perched high on a wooded hillside, the castle has an austere beauty with its impenetrable walls and sturdy towers.
Church in Bellinzona

Chiesa di San Biagio

This 14th-century church is one of Bellinzona’s most evocative with its original frescoes of the medieval Lombard-Siena school.
Museum in Bellinzona

Museo di Castelgrande

This museum has a modest collection of finds from Castelgrande's hill dating to prehistoric times. More engaging are the 15th-century ceiling decorations of a former noble house in central Bellinzona. The pictures r…
Gallery in Bellinzona

Villa dei Cedri

Housed in a handsome 19th-century villa, this gallery presents mostly local and northern Italian works of the 19th and 20th centuries. Just as appealing are the palm-studded gardens. See the website for details of t…
Church in Bellinzona

Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie

This 15th-century church has an extraordinary fresco cycle (recently restored after being damaged by fire in 1996) of the life and death of Christ. The centrepiece is a panel depicting Christ's Crucifixion.
Historic Building in Bellinzona

Palazzo del Comune

Bellinzona’s restored Renaissance town hall is worth a peek for its beautiful three-storey inner courtyard of loggias and frescoes showing historic scenes of Bellinzona.
Church in Bellinzona

Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano

Light streams through the rose window above the portal in this Renaissance church, lavishly adorned with frescoes and baroque stucco.
Square in Bellinzona

Piazza Collegiata

This cobblestone square is framed by graceful 18th-century patrician houses, many with decorative wrought-iron balconies.