Castello di Montebello
Castello di Montebello
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Neil D
Billericay, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
A day out with my wife while visiting Lake Como. Took about 1 hour to reach. Of the 3 castles to see in Bellinzona, this was my favourite by far. Having read up before visiting, we were unsure how to organise the day. In the end this is what we did;
- parked at Piazza del Sole which is underneath Castelgrande and there is a lift direct into the castle. Saves lots of walking. Enjoyed walking on the walls and also watching a video. Bought a ticket here that covers other the castles as well on the day
- went back down in the lift, walked through the town centre, down the side of the church and up to Castello di Montebello. Not the 10 minutes we were told and it is a steep walk mostly up steps but got there eventually.You will need to be fit. More of a castle to my taste with again walls to walk around, tower to climb and fantastic views. Saw that this does have a car park so we could have driven had we know. Too late at that stage.
- Could see Sasso Corbaro Castle higher up but just too far to walk so back down to the town square and a rest at a little cafe in the sun with a nice latte macchiato and chocolate cake and watched the world go past.
- back to car and drive up to Sasso Corbaro Castle which does have ample parking but narrow and windy roads to get there. Much smaller than the other 2 but again fantastic views of the whole valley as well as the other two castles.

Hopefully this will help others also visiting Bellinzona and the 3 castles and hope you have as good a day as we did. If you like medieval castles then this visit is for you.
Written June 5, 2018
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Willie2000
Bern, Switzerland174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Business
Interesting to see the three casteles and take the Petit train between them. You can walk but its fairly uphill and you must be fit. The views from all castles are good but particularly the upper one.
Written July 3, 2019
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BFamilyZurich
San Diego, CA60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
This is the best snapshot of how medieval life in a castle was.....draw bridges, a small chapel, and midieval toilets! Walk the ramparts for great views. This castle requires extensive walking up steep inclines on uneven footing, and lots of stairs. Even if you take the trolly to the base of the castle, you will have to still walk inclines and stairs to see any of it. Not recommended for handicapped as it's just not equipped. This is the best castle of the 3, my kids loved it!
Written August 23, 2017
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DonPaulo
Richmond, Virginia1,235 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
In terms of altitude this is the middle castle. It also offers the best Battlement walk of the three. The museum is third rate in terms of collection and even worse in conveying information. There are lots of outdoor photo opportunities of the castle below and that above.
Written April 28, 2017
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xfooey
Brooklyn, NY1,952 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
13th century keep and 15th century palace. Crenellated walls. You can walk around the ramparts and grounds for free. Museum in the keep charges admission. We didn't go in. Beautiful views from the ramparts and grounds.
Written November 23, 2016
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Micy01
Oberrieden, Switzerland1,150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015
Very well maintained castle with lots of original items such as the grape press at the enteance and the walk-throughs towards the upper rings. There you are able to wander around the positions of the guards and dream away into the Middle Ages, enjoying the stunning view over the valley and the city of Bellinzona. Out of the three Bellinzona castles, this one is the most authentic. It also has a museum inside, which you can enter for free if you have a swiss Museum card or Ticini Card (highly recommended!)
Written October 10, 2015
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PeterReigate
Otley, UK408 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
This is a very well preserved example. Despite the notices entry to the castle is free but there is a SFR5 charge if you wish to visit the museum. There are some amazing views from the ramparts over the town of Bellinzona and the surrounding countryside. The other two castles in Bellinzona are close by - one high above on the hill and one further down towards the town. Well worth a visit. No refreshments available.
Written June 20, 2015
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Chelsey M
Lafayette, IN63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Solo
I enjoyed this castle, but it is much smaller than Castelgrande. Here you have to pay 5 CHF to look around and enter the museum though I recommend skipping the museum if you don't speak Italian, German or French as nothing inside is in English. I'm not a big museum person and not being able to read descriptions made it a bit of a waste of money for me! I did enjoy walking around the grounds though. The walkways along the walls are secured and have handrails and many more parts are blocked off than at Castelgrande. Be aware that every path you take you must turn around and take back, none of them connect to each other. The walking path up was a bit tricky for me to find but easy to follow once I found it. It's a bit rough going up but just about when I thought I couldn't go any farther I was there.

I felt the lady who I gave my entrance fee to was giving priority to people who walked in after me because they spoke Italian. It was ok though and signs are better marked at this one (perhaps because it is smaller). Overall you don't need to spend too much time here but there are several picnic tables along the wall and it would be a great place for a picnic or kite flying.
Written May 4, 2014
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drjandthemissus
Dubai753 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
Fantastic castle! There’s not much interpretive information here, but the restoration work is outstanding. The place is very well-preserved. There are great views of Bellinzona, as well as the other castles in town, Sasso Corbado and Castelgrande. Admission is 5 Swiss Francs. If you have the time and inclination to see the other castles in town, there is a single fee of 10 Francs to see all 3 castles. Your admission ticket is a postcard of the castle – a nice touch, I thought.

This would be a great place to take a picnic lunch (there are lawns and tables to sit at overlooking the city and providing views of the other castles).
Written June 9, 2013
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Locutus
Zurich, Switzerland396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Best views of all the three castles in Bellinzona. We took the Postbus from the train station to the castle which avoided most of the trek up the hill.

The best part of the castle is the architecture and the views over Bellinzona.
Written August 14, 2022
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