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Curzùtt and the “Carasc” Tibetan Bridge

At dizzying heights

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Bellinzona market

A whiff of market air

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The castles of Bellinzona

Travel back in time

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The water’s path

On the educational trail

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Splash e SPA

Bathing fun for young and old

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Sasso
San Gottardo

Into the mountain

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Canyoning

For the adventurous

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Architecture

Exploring on foot or by bicycle

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Hunger towers

The history of Ticino

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Percorso Pedemontano

Travel by bike

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Museum
Villa dei Cedri

Fascinating art collection

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Passerella

Discover the bridge

At dizzying heights

The Tibetan Bridge, built by the Curzùtt- S.Barnàrd Foundation, is 270 m long and weighs approximately 50 tons. It allows you to cross the valley that separates Monte Carasso from Sementina. The bridge connects Curzùtt with the “Via delle Vigne” trail and offers hikes in a historically rich environment.

 

The bridge is easy to reach by cable car, which travels from Monte Carasso to Curzùtt and then on to Mornera. Curzùtt is an ancient and characteristic hill village, making it an ideal starting point for the excursion.

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A whiff of market air

Every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the old town of Bellinzona hosts an outdoor market. Locals and tourists alike stroll through the colorful market stalls of vendors offering handmade crafts, fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, sausage and cheese specialties from the region, as well as fragrant flowers.

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Travel back in time to the Middle Ages

Discover the three medieval castles of Bellinzona, UNESCO world heritage sites. Visit Castelgrande, Montebello, and Sasso Corbaro and immerse yourself in times past, when Milanese dukes and Swiss confederates fought each other decked out in splendid suits of armor. Walk along the curtain walls and enter through the small gates built into them. Visit secret rooms and imagine what life must have been like back then.

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On the educational trail

The Water’s Path is an educational trail developed in collaboration with the municipal utilities companies of Bellinzona and the Morobbia valley. The history of energy production along the Morobbia River is explained on nine information boards. The path starts in Sant’Antonio in the district of Vellano and leads to the dam of Carmena. It then follows the Morobbia River down into the valley and takes its visitors to the picturesque church of San Bartolomeo and to the center of Giubiasco.

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Bathing fun for young and old

Splash e SPA – fun for children and adults.

Enjoy the spacious spa with saunas, steam baths, numerous cosmetic treatments, and relaxing massages, or spend a fast-paced day exploring the wave pool, slides, and pool bar.

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Into the mountain

Deep inside the mountain, an artillery fortification of the Swiss army was kept strictly secret until a few years ago. What once served as an invincible fortress and entered the history books as “The Swiss National Redoubt” now houses the unforgettable Gotthard experience.

Visit the largest crystal aggregate ever found in the Alps, as well as multimedia exhibitions which shed light on the mobility and the myth of Gotthard. Immerse yourself in the longest railway tunnel in the world, and marvel at its dimensions and new possibilities.

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For the adventurous

Canyoning – the magic word for intense experiences. An exciting and thrilling adventure, breathtaking and refreshing, this is a special kind of group experience. Discover the fascinating beauty of nature where watercourses have forged impressive gorges.

 

Canyoning is a new sport that involves descending along impassable mountain watercourses on foot. Obstacles include natural slides, pools, and waterfalls, which must be overcome using ropes, or by jumping, sliding, or climbing down.

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Zu Fuss oder mit dem Fahrrad erkunden

In Bellinzona, whose fortifications are a World Cultural Heritage Site thanks to the genius of the medieval fortress builders, old and new architecture coexist together. Explore Bellinzona on foot or by bicycle and experience an architectural journey through the Ticino capital.

 

Attractions:

1. Administrative building

2. Palazzo Franscini

3. Outdoor swimming pool

4. Tennis center

5. «Sacro Cuore» church

6. Post office

7. Piazza del Sole

8. Piazza Grande, Giubiasco

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The history of Ticino

The hunger towers are cylindrical towers built in 1853, which served a dual function: as a defense system against the Austrians and as a workplace for refugees under the orders of Marshal Radetzky from Lombardy.

A visit to the hunger towers is a fascinating immersion into the past and allows one to learn more about the turbulent times in Ticino. The beautiful nature trail leads to the hunger towers in Camorino and is suitable for those who want to spend some time in silence.

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Travel by bike

This flat trail leads to the foot of the mountains along the Magadino plain. Away from busy streets, discover fascinating corners which invite you to rest in the vicinity of Bellinzona.

By bike, you can find beautiful fountains, playgrounds for the little ones, and green areas for respite from the everyday bustle of the city. Those who do not want to pedal farther at this point can simply follow the official signposts that lead to the many railway stations, and return to their starting point on a comfortable train.

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Fascinating art collection

The Museo Civico Villa dei Cedri is housed in a suburban villa which was converted to the Palladian style around 1920. The original neoclassical building dates back to the 1860s. The permanent collection of the museum opened in 1985 and focuses on the art of Ticino, Lombardy, and Switzerland from the second half of the 19th century up to the present day.

 

The museum collection comprises works that have shaped the transition from realism to symbolism: Segantini, Grubicy de Dragon, Pellizza da Volpedo, Rossi, Franzoni, Feragutti-Visconti, Berta, Chiesa and Vela. Carpi, De Grada, Corty, Foglia, Gonzato, Ribola, Sartori, Tallone and Tosi represent topics of the 20th century and their regional expressions.

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Discover the bridge

While the bridge was being planned, special consideration was given to the surroundings, especially to the morphology of the nearby footpaths. For this reason, the engineering office of Giorgio Masotti chose the wave-like shape of the bridge – its curves evoke a playful character of curiosity and surprise.

 

The region is strictly separated, not only by the Ticino River, but also by the location of the highway. A new connection was demanded in order to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists and to support the increased use of bicycles. At the same time, the new bridge structure implements additional interesting and touristic attractions.

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