Why You Should Visit Bellinzona in Ticino

Bellinzona - World Heritage Site

This weekend, we stayed in a mate’s rustico 40 minutes up the road from Bellinzona in the Blenio valley.

Bellinzona is not the most famous town in the (one and only) Italian speaking Canton of Ticino, Switzerland. But it has fast become my favorite: On Saturday, we decided to visit Bellinzona. It was easy to find a parking space in the center of the old town and we were soon walking through the market.

We stopped for coffee at one of its many cafés where people were sitting outside as the temperatures were in the high 20′s! My espresso only cost 2.30 CHF – try finding that price in Zurigo!

The market was great and we found some organic produce for our supper.

Bellinzona - World Heritage Site

We had lunch in the Pizzeria Giardino on Via Orico 1, and the kids' pizza was only 10 CHF each! All our pizzas were great and were cooked in a wood fired oven.

Bellinzona - World Heritage Site

Bellinzona - World Heritage SiteVia Orico also has a one starred Michelin restaurant – maybe for next time...

And of course, we had to have gelato on the way back to the car!








By the way, Bellinzona has three castles and is a World Heritage Site.

Bellinzona - World Heritage Site

We love Bellinzona and will return soon!


Fergus grew up in New Zealand and has lived in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland before settling in Switzerland. He is a blogging cook and domestic engineer who has a passion for sourcing good local and seasonal ingredients. Fergus is a true world citizen who has a love affair with France.