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The fortress of Bellinzona, UNESCO World Heritage Site


Just a few kilometres away from Lugano stands one of Ticino’s main attractions: the castles of Bellinzona, today on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

These medieval fortifications that dominate Bellinzona are one of 13 Swiss World Heritage sites. About twenty minutes from Lugano, it is possible to savour an atmosphere of times gone by visiting the castles or strolling among the stalls of the traditional saturday market.


The ideal programme


Excursions for everyone


  • Take the train (TILO) Lugano – Bellinzona
  • Visit of Castelgrande
  • Lunch in the historical centre


  • Visit to Castello di Sasso Corbaro
  • Visit to Castello di Montebello
  • Visit to  Villa dei Cedri
  • Train trip (TILO) Bellinzona – Lugano

Not to be missed

  • Saturday mornig market in the city centre

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  1. Contact


    Lugano Region tourist office
    Piazza della Riforma
    +41 58 220 65 00

    Bellinzona e Valli Turismo
    Piazza Collegiata 12
    6500 Bellinzona
    +41 91 825 21 31

  2. Notes
  3. Opening

    Open all year
    Open all days