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Published 04/14/2015

Fodor's Review

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.

Sight Information


Salita al Castelgrande, Bellinzona, Ticino, 6500, Switzerland

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Sight Details:

  • 10 SF, 15 SF combination ticket includes Castello di Montebello and Castello di Sasso Corbaro
  • Museum: Nov.–Mar., daily 11–4; Apr.–June, Sept., and Oct., daily 10–6; July and Aug., daily 10–7; inner court: Tues.–Sun. 9 am–10 pm, Mon. 10–6

Published 04/14/2015


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