Bellinzona and its castles
I had a visitor from Atlanta a couple weeks ago and it was fun playing host and tourist.
We really lucked out with the weather. The forecast was for rain the whole time, but we didn’t encounter any except while he was on his way to the airport to go home. Yesterday in the Italian part of Switzerland, the weather was absolutely gorgeous. It was great that the weather was clear also for the two hour train ride through the Gotthard Pass with amazing views of the Alps.
Coming from Atlanta, of course my friend has not seen very many things predating the civil war so when a day trip to see castles was mentioned, there was a lot of excitement.
Bellinzona has three castles with city walls and ramparts that are UNESCO world heritage sites. We visited two of the castles since we still wanted to have some time for dinner and gelato in Locarno. The third castle, Sasso Corbaro, was a bit of a hike and would have eaten up some of our Locarno time. The buses up there only run three times a day so we decided to skip it. We also visited the catholic church La Collegiate which dates back 600 years.
The town of Bellinzona itself is cute, but I do prefer Lugano amd Locarno since they are on the water. I do definitely recommend a visit though.