Castello di Montebello,  Unesco Site, Bellinzona, Switzerland

It is located on the hill of Montebello to ninety meters above the level of over-looking the city Castelgrande. From it branched off the walls that enclosed the ancient village until you see the ones that came down from the hill of San Michele. These walls, which protected the flanks of the formidable fortress triangle, there are still the two arms.

Interesting it is the walled came to light a few years ago in the square of the Sun, which will be restored walled. The first inner core of this castle, restored several times, dating back to the XIII / XIV century.

It seems to have been erected by the Rusca who also kept under the dominion of the Visconti. The outdoor courtyards with the towers and Ravelin were built in the XIV / XV century. and they took on its current appearance at the hands of the Sforza engineers in the second half of the fifteenth century. In ancient times it was called Castel Small (1457-1472) or the Castle of Montebello.

During the Swiss occupation it was called Castle of Schwyz and, after 1818, of St. Martin. Became the property of the Ghiringhelli family towards the end of the eighteenth century., It was bought by the canton of Ticino in 1903 on the occasion of Independence Centennial.

From this other castle, you can walk from Piazza Collegiata or the Knuckle district, and a road that branches off from Avenue Station, the view is superb.

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