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Castelgrande Review

Although this castle was first mentioned in a document from the 6th century, the current structure dates from the 1200s. The massive exterior is dominated by two heavy, unmatched towers and the remaining portion of a crenellated wall that once stretched all the way to the river. Modern renovations have added an elaborate complex of restaurants and museums that include historical and archaeological exhibitions. The 14th-century ceiling murals, created to embellish the wooden ceiling of a local villa (now demolished), offer a peek at privately commissioned decorative art. A dramatic audiovisual history of Bellinzona and the Ticino Valley is shown in one room.

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  • Address: Salita al Castelgrande, Bellinzona, Ticino 6500 | Map It
  • Phone: 091/8258145
  • Cost: 10 SF, 15 SF combination ticket includes Castello di Montebello and Castello di Sasso Corbaro
  • Hours: Daily 10–6
  • Location: Bellinzona
Updated: 10-12-2012

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