48h in Bellinzona

City of Bellinzona

How to spend the weekend in Bellinzona

Bellinzona is the ideal starting point to visit the entire Canton of Ticino for a holiday full of many different small experiences. Take the opportunity to spend two days in this beautiful town and discover its wonders! Here are some tips for you on how best to live 48h in Bellinzona and surroundings!

A real visit to Bellinzona is incomplete without its Fortress! To start your stay plan a visit to the three Castles of Bellinzona with the museums and temporary exhibitions inside them. Take a comfortable afternoon to visit them in total relaxation. If you are lucky enough to stay in Bellinzona on Saturday, you can't really miss the appointment par excellence of the Bellinzona people; the Saturday Market is a real institution, here you can find very valuable local products, both handicrafts and gastronomic. Spend the morning between the stalls and stop in Piazza Collegiata for lunch.

Do you prefer history and culture? Don't miss the animated guided tour! The tour is free, but don't forget to reserve your place.

To end the day in the city centre, a visit to the Art Museum is a must: at Villa dei Cedri you will find the permanent collection as well as the temporary exhibitions with a particular attention to the graphics sector. Or choose a guided tour of the city at your leisure among the various proposals, do you prefer a gastronomic tour or something more active? You'll find what's right for you.

Guided tours

Discover the region of Bellinzona and Valleys with an expert guide, who will enable you to discover all the hidden wonders of our land.


For a special evening, book a dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Locanda Orico, the flagship of Bellinzona gastronomy right in the heart of the city. A delicious combination of Italian and French taste, with intriguing proposals renewed regularly.


Can’t wait to see where you’ll be staying? Prepare to be amazed! A dazzling array of real quality accommodation awaits, to suit all tastes: yours included.


For your second day, another unmissable point of interest is definitely the Tibetan Bridge of Monte Carasso, just outside Bellinzona and reachable by public transport. You will find the departure station of the cable car that will take you near the bridge and the ancient village of Curzutt. The complete tour by walk from Monte Carasso or Sementina takes 4 hours (no cable car ascent).

There is an alternative way to visit the city's surroundings. Hop aboard the BellinzonaCar and set off to discover the history and culture of the place. Go to the InfoPoint in Piazza Collegiata to get all the information you need. How much time to spend on board it's up to you!

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