Discover Bellinzona’s three medieval castles, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbaro will allow you to journey back into the past, to a time when dukes and confederates fought in shining armour. Walk along the battlements and through the little doors notched into the thick walls, visit secret rooms and imagine how life was once lived.
This loop itinerary allows you to discover the three medieval castles, listed in the year 2000 as a World Heritage site. They were built by the dukes of Milan in the Fifteenth Century to stop the Confederates to the north advancing south. Indeed, Bellinzona has long represented a prime strategic location, at the crossing point of the alpine routes between North and South (Gotthard, Lukmanier, San Bernardino, Nufenen).
Alternative path for the return: after the Sasso Corbaro castle, follow the tarmac road and at the first fork turn left. Carry on until the bends which take you to Ravecchia, on Via Ospedale. Walk down the road alongside the Dragonato stream, ‘til the main road, Via Franco Zorzi, and turn right. Walking straight and crossing the pretty old centre of Bellinzona takes you back to Piazza del Sole.
To explore the route, we recommend buying the official maps of the Federal Office of Topography Swisstopo. In addition, the following website map.geo.admin.ch offers constantly updated data.
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Piazza del Sole Parkplace.