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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
Bellinzonese Bellinzonese Biasca e Riviera Biasca e Riviera Valle di Blenio Valle di Blenio Leventina Leventina


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.

Events Agenda
06 March - 27 June 2015
Blues Sessions 2015

The Blues is back in Town! The Big Blues comes back to Bellinzona!

24 May 2015
30 - 31 May 2015
La Spada nella Rocca

Immerge yourself in the medieval atmosphere on Saturday and Sunday, May 30th and 31th, at the "Spada nella Rocca" festival.

04 - 21 June 2015

Manifestazione di carattere sportivo organizzata direttamente dalla Città di Bellinzona.


12 - 13 June 2015
Open Air Monte Carasso

The Open Air was born in 1993, in order to organize a musical event for young people.

12 June 2015, 10:00
Ginevra incontra gli svizzeri

200° Canton Ginevra

01 - 10 July 2015
Montebello Festival

Montebellofestival nasce nel 2005 dalla collaborazione tra Città ed Ente Turistico di Bellinzona e l'Associazione Chamber Music Project per offrire al pubblico un evento del tutto particolare.

04 - 17 July 2015
Seminari d'architettura 2015

The international design seminar is part of the evolution and planning process of the Commune of Monte Carasso.

14 - 18 July 2015
Territori - Theater Festival in urban spaces

3rd edition of "Territori", theater festival.


21 July 2015
Meeting internazionale di atletica

Alla manifestazione sono presenti nomi importanti dell'atletica internazionale. 



Exhibitions Agenda
19.03.2015 - 21.06.2015
ALBERTO GHINZANI Una linea lombarda
Castelgrande Bellinzona, Sala Arsenale & corte interna

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

28.03.2015 - 02.08.2015
Somewhere between the lines, Lang/Baumann & Raffaella Chiara
Castello Sasso Corbaro, Bellinzona

Linee architettoniche, linee spaziali e linee del tempo.

Special offers
19 March - 31 December 2015
Culture Pass - Entrance Ticket to the Three Castles of Bellinzona

The Culture Pass is an entrance ticket to the Three Castles of Bellinzona, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000, and the civic museum Villa dei Cedri.

27 March - 31 December 2015

More discounts, more fun!
Even the Castles of Bellinzona are among the many offers through Swiss Trips.
Use an online Swiss Trips coupon or 250 Super Points for each ticket.



04 April - 31 October 2015
Visite guidate

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

20 April 2015, 12:32
Trenino Artù

Un viaggio meraviglioso in mezzo alla natura per raggiungere i Castelli di Bellinzona partendo dalla suggestiva Turrita, centro storico di Bellinzona.
Il trenino turistico circola regolarmente tutti  i giorni della settimana dal 19 marzo al 31 ottobre 2015.

01 May - 31 December 2015
Tibetan Bridge Carasc

An unforgettable walk!


Walking route from the flat: 3 1/2 - 4 H.


20 May - 31 December 2015
Grand Tour of Switzerland

Get ready to explore Switzerland.
A 1600 km circuit where you can discover the country’s true pearls over just one road: this is the Grand Tour of Switzerland.

Go to the site

22 May - 31 October 2015

La magia del centro storico e il relax dello Splash & Spa

Offerta combinata cultura e relax, dedicatevi una giornata di scoperta e benessere.
Bellinzona con il suo centro storico e i suoi fiabeschi castelli abbinato ad un rilassante pomeriggio presso il modernissimo Splash & Spa di Rivera.