BELLINZONA AND SURROUNDINGS
In the past, Bellinzona was seen from the south as a “gateway to the Alps” and from the north as the “entrance into Italy”, and even today it is strategically positioned at the foot of the Alps on the crossroads between the Latin and Germanic worlds. With a network of cobbled streets and narrow mule tracks, Lombard-style courtyards and elegant patrician houses, its beautiful old town exudes an extraordinary medieval charm and a strong sense of intimacy. A vibrant energy dominates during its well-known Saturday morning market, where colorful stalls offer typical local products. Its three magnificent castles are a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the surrounding areas offer wonderful walks and excursions.