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  • 1. Il Lungolago


    This 2-km (1-mile) lakefront promenade is lined with highly pruned lime trees, funereal cypresses, and graceful palm trees stretching from the...Read More

  • 2. Isole di Brissago


    Alpine drama and subtropical colors are wed in Brissago, yet another flowery lakefront resort at the lowest elevation in Switzerland. It's an...Read More

  • 3. Piazza della Riforma

    Old Town | Plaza/Square

    In the early 19th century, several buildings were torn down to enlarge the square, providing room for the present-day café tables. Commonly...Read More

  • 4. Santuario della Madonna del Sasso

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With a breathtaking view of Locarno, the Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Rock crowns the hilltop hamlet of Orselina. Pilgrims make the steep...Read More

  • 5. Casa dei Canonici

    Historic Home

    The House of the Canons has a lovely interior courtyard. It's now a private house, so you'll have to just take a peek. ...Read More

  • 6. Castelgrande


    Although this castle was first mentioned in a 6th-century document, the current structure dates from the 1200s. The massive exterior is dominated...Read More

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  • 7. Castello di Montebello


    The most striking of Bellinzona's three castles has a core section that dates from the 13th century. The palace and courtyard, both from the...Read More

  • 8. Castello di Sasso Corbaro


    This massive and forbidding fieldstone construction's almost complete absence of curves is typical of the Sforza style. It was designed by a...Read More

  • 9. Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

    Old Town | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Behind this church's early-Renaissance facade is a baroque interior with carefully restored frescoes and a baptismal font dating from 1430....Read More

  • 10. Centro Storico


    With its heavy-column arcades, wrought-iron balconies, and shuttered facades, Bellinzona's Old Town exhibits the direct influence of medieval...Read More

  • 11. Chiesa Collegiata di San Pietro e San Stefano

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The sober, late-Renaissance facade of the Collegiate Church of St. Peter and St. Stephen, begun in the 16th century, stands across from the...Read More

  • 12. Chiesa di San Francesco

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Harmonious and almost delicate, the Church of St. Francis and its convent stand cheek by jowl with the painfully bulky, modern building that...Read More

  • 13. Chiesa di Sant'Antonio

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in the 17th century, the Church of St. Anthony stands on a small plaza in the midst of narrow streets lined with splendid old medieval...Read More

  • 14. Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli

    Old Town | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The simple facade doesn't prepare you for the riches within. Begun in the late 15th century, the church contains a magnificent fresco of the...Read More

  • 15. Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The earliest records of the Church of St. Mary of Grace date from the 15th century, when it was part of a Franciscan monastery. Now it's a retirement...Read More

  • 16. Chiesa Nuova

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This exuberantly decorated baroque church, built in 1630, has a disproportionately large statue of St. Christopher on its facade. ...Read More

  • 17. Chiesa San Biagio

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of Bellinzona's two Italianate churches, St. Biagio is a spare medieval treasure guarded on the exterior by an outsize fresco of a soldierly...Read More

  • 18. Chiesa Santa Maria del Sasso

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A steep and picturesque climb leads up to the Chiesa di Madonna del Sasso, with its well-preserved 16th-century frescoes. Its elevated setting...Read More

  • 19. Giardino Belvedere

    Old Town | Garden

    This lakefront sculpture garden frames a dozen modern works with palms, camellias, oleanders, and magnolias. At the far west end there's a public...Read More

  • 20. Herman Hesse Museum


    In the tower of the Casa Camuzzi, a fabulous jumble of old houses on a hilltop in Montagnola, the Herman Hesse Museum is tiny but impressive...Read More

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