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Palazzo Civico
Casella Postale 1419
CH 6500 Bellinzona
T. +41 (0)91 825 21 31
F. +41 (0)91 821 41 20


Observing the three castles from a distance you might think that they got there just by chance but a closer look at this small town, situated in the middle of the valley floor of the River Ticino, which connects the Alps to Lake Maggiore, might make you reconsider. In fact, the capital developed around the fortress in the course of the centuries, acquiring a multicultural identity that derives from its enviable position and has determined its role as a pulsating cultural hub at the heart of Europe.


In the Bellinzona area, where routes to the St. Gotthard, the Luckmanier and the San Bernadino intersect, contrast is a source of vitality and culture, albeit accompanied by respect for tradition. There is an ongoing dialogue between the medieval architecture of the fortifications (World Heritage site) and the old town with its many ancient monuments, and contemporary works by eminent architects of our times; works which have enhanced the town centre and the entire region. Bellinzona’s noisy and colourful market has survived for centuries and now continues to exist side by side with major scientific research centres. Numerous galleries, museums and theatres guarantee a lively cultural scene and are constantly in competition with the squares where openair events and the most famous Carnival in Ticino bring life to the ancient quarters of the old town centre.


The silence offered by ancient churches and libraries provide a contrast with the many and varied sports events on offer. Whether you choose to enjoy the delicacies of haute cuisine or prefer to sample the traditional, simpler fare of a “grotto”, the food on your plate and the wine in your glass will have been produced locally. It is this fascinating mosaic of contrasts and shades that has made Bellinzona worthy of its recognition as a World Heritage Site.

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Events Agenda
06 March - 27 June 2015
Blues Sessions 2015

Prende il via sabato 7 marzo la 3a edizione di Bellinzona Blues Sessions.

15 March 2015, 17:30
12 April 2015, 17:30
17 May 2015, 17:30
L’ESTRO ARMONICO 2015 – prima edizione

Il ciclo di concerti L’Estro armonico, che prende il nome da una delle più famose raccolte vivaldiane, propone in crescendo  un panorama vario e completo fra i più grandi capolavori della musica per archi.

19 March - 21 June 2015
ALBERTO GHINZANI Una linea lombarda

La mostra “Alberto Ghinzani. Una linea lombarda” si inserisce nel progetto di scambio culturale e artistico tra Bellinzona e Milano.

19 March - 01 November 2015
Bellinzonese da scoprire

Il Bellinzonese: un territorio da conoscere e valorizzare Il Castello di Montebello ospita, dal 19 marzo al 1 novembre la mostra “Bellinzonese da scoprire”. L’esposizione ha l’obiettivo di far meglio conoscere ed apprezzare l’importante offerta territoriale di questa regione.

28 - 29 March 2015
Japan Matsuri - Festival giapponese

"Japan Matsuri — the Japanese cultural festival of the Italian part of Switzerland" - on the 28th & 29th of March - Espocentro, Bellinzona.

28 March - 02 August 2015
Somewhere between the lines, Lang/Baumann & Raffaella Chiara

Linee architettoniche, linee spaziali e linee del tempo.

01 April 2015, 18:30
Serate d'Ascolto 2015

Ein deutsches Requiem di Johannes Brahms
Con Giuseppe Clericetti

29 April 2015, 20:30

Musica per orchestre in fuga e direttori sull’orlo di una crisi di nervi…

09 - 10 May 2015
Birizone Equites

4° Torneo dei Cavalieri

16 June 2015, 18:30
Serate d'Ascolto 2015

Olivier Messiaen:l’emozione di un musicista visionario
Con Guido Salvetti

Special offers
01 January 2014 - 31 December 2015
Panoramic Ticino

Discover the city of Bellinzona from the high, with its castles UNESCO, breath-taking landscapes and other wonders.


Go to the site

02 January 2014 - 02 January 2016
Offer Railaway "Bellinzona and its castles"

20% reduction on the train journey to Bellinzona and back 20% reduction on admission to the museum at the castle of Castelgrande A voucher worth CHF 5.00 to put towards a souvenir from Bellinzona Turismo.


Go to the site

03 November 2014 - 31 March 2015
Offer Railaway "Bellinzona and its castles"

20% reduction on the train journey to Bellinzona and back
20% reduction on admission to the museum at the castle of Castelgrande
A voucher worth CHF 5.00 to put towards a souvenir from Bellinzona Turismo

19 March - 31 December 2015
Cultura Pass - Biglietto d'entrata ai Castelli di Bellinzona

Il Cultura Pass è un biglietto d’entrata che permette l’accesso ai Tre Castelli di Bellinzona Patrimonio Mondiale UNESCO dal 2000 e Villa dei Cedri. Esistono 2 tipologie di biglietto: con risalita in treno e senza risalita in treno.

19 March - 30 April 2015
27 March - 31 December 2015
01 April - 31 October 2015
UNESCO World Heritage properties in Ticino



2 DAYS AT THE PRICE OF CHF 295.– per person
Single room: CHF 180.– per day

04 April - 31 October 2015
Visite guidate

Tutti i sabati / jeden Samstag/chaque samedi/every Saturday