Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bellinzona by night

Enough writing about my Christmas and travel adventures and back to some Ticino event suggestions.

One experience you should not miss is "Bellinzona in luce". The city of Bellinzona has organized 40 days of events around the Piazza del Sole to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the castle's declaration as UNESCO World Heritage patrimony.

Bellinzona's three castles Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbaro are considered amongst the finest examples of medieval fortification architecture in Switzerland. As they appear today, the fortifications, whose origins actually go much further back to a prehistoric settlement on Castelgrande hill, are mainly the result of intensive and complex building activity instigated by the Dukes of Milan in the 15th century.

Castle Castelgrande is open every day from Dec 26th to Jan 6th from 10.00 to 17.00.
Castello Montebello and Sasso Corbaro are open from 11.00 to 16.00.

The real treat during the holiday period is the spectacular decorative lighting of the three castles, the walled fortress and the Piazza del Sole. Definately worth an exciting "after- dark" outing with your kids.

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