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Bellinzona

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Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. The city is famous for its three castles (Castelgrande, Montebello, Sasso Corbaro) that have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2000.The town lies east of the Ticino river, at the foot of the Alps. It stretches along the river valley, surrounded by the southern ranges of the Lepontine Alps to the east and west, and by the Lugano Prealps to the south.Name and coat of armsThe toponym is first attested in 590 in Latin as Belitio or Bilitio, by Gregory of Tours. The name is Lepontic in origin, possibly from belitio or belitione .During the medieval period, the name is found as Berinzona, Birrinzona, Birizona, Beliciona and Belinzona . The German name of the town is Bellenz. A local folk etymology derives the name Bellinzona from zona bellica "war zone", making a connection to the Italian Wars.The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is an erect serpent in silver on a red field. The fabulous animal is called in Italian "Biscione". This animal, which can also be found on the arms of the Alfa Romeo car company, is linked with the Visconti family, who were feudal lords of Bellinzona in the 14th and 15th centuries.
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Castelgrande ©
World heritage site
Castelgrande
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Castelli di Bellinzona ©
World heritage site
Castelli di Bellinzona
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Castello di Montebello ©
World heritage site
Castello di Montebello
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Duration: 1h 30 min
San Bernardino Pass ©
Outdoor Activity
San Bernardino Pass
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Duration: 1h 30 min

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Turkish Bath
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Valle Verzasca Lavertezzo
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Aletsch Glacier ©
World heritage site
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Monte Tamaro ©
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Monte Tamaro Rivera
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Hidden gems in Bellinzona

Palazzo Civico di Bellinzona ©
Architectural Building
Palazzo Civico di Bellinzona
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Chateaux de Bellinzone
World heritage site
Chateaux de Bellinzone
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie ©
Religious Site
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie
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Duration: 30 minutes
Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano ©
Architectural Building
Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano
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Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Bellinzona

Monastero Benedettino di Santa Maria Assunta
Religious Site
Monastero Benedettino di Santa Maria Assunta Claro
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Piazza Indipendenza
Historic Walking Area
Piazza Indipendenza
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Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Bellinzona

Chocolat Stella ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Chocolat Stella Giubiasco
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Duration: 30 minutes

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