Fodor's Expert Review Castelgrande

Bellinzona Castle/Palace

Although this castle was first mentioned in a 6th-century document, 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.

Castle/Palace Historical

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Salita al Castelgrande
Bellinzona, Ticino  6500, Switzerland


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Museum SF10, inner courtyard free, combination ticket SF28 includes Castello di Montebello and Castello di Sasso Corbaro

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