Bellinzona – Switzerland with an Italian accent

I usually do not make travel wishlists but if I did Italy would top it. So I was pleasantly surprised when this Switzerland trip came along and as I jumped at it, I noticed the plan covered Ticino, Southern Switzerland – a part very close to Italy. So very close that Europe travel expert Rick Steves called the region ‘Switzerland with an Italian accent.’ Bellinzona’s cuisine, architecture, its sunny disposition and even the language spoken is influenced by Italy in a big way.

I spent a couple of days in Bellinzona, explored its Castle Grande, walked its alleyways peeping into its delis, the display cases of which are filled with local cheese and other produce. During my stay I discovered that white Merlot exists (pictured here too) and that it is possible to get drunk on food. I polished plate after plate brought to my table that it was assumed that I must have been very hungry from all the walking. That was only partly true. I simply enjoyed all that cheese and wine and meat and vegetables.

Some pictures from the trip.

The main street that leads to the town square, Bellinzona, Switzerland
The main street that leads to the town square, Bellinzona, Switzerland
A sort of ariel view of the town, Bellinzona
A sort of ariel view of the town, Bellinzona
Bellinzona town square
Bellinzona town square
The town square - Bellinzona
The town square – Bellinzona
View of Bellinzona from the Castle Grande
View of Bellinzona from the Castle Grande
The walkway to Castle Grande, Bellinzona
The walkway to Castle Grande, Bellinzona
The vineyards of Castle Grande
The vineyards of Castle Grande
A wall, Castle Grande, Bellinzona
A wall, Castle Grande, Bellinzona
Bread, the crackling bread
Bread, the crackling bread
Chicken roast, Bellinzona
Chicken roast, Bellinzona
An art installation in town square, Bellinzona, Switzerland
An art installation in town square, Bellinzona, Switzerland
The white merlot, Bellinzona
The white merlot, Bellinzona
A pastry with a squishy, egg-noggy, center.
A pastry with a squishy, egg-noggy, center.
Castle Grande, Bellinzona
Castle Grande, Bellinzona

Have you been to Switzerland? Or Italy? Or Bellinzona itself? Leave a comment and let me know.

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One thought on “Bellinzona – Switzerland with an Italian accent

  1. I love the Italian part of Switzerland. They are still in Switzerland, which means trains, buses and everything else is on time. The Italian influence makes it sound like it’s laid back, fun loving, laughing and enjoying the dolce vita! Best of both worlds!

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