The Castelgrande castle, also called Castello di San Michele or Castel Vecchio in Italian, dominates the centre of Bellinzona from its del Sasso mount. It is the biggest and oldest castle of a group of three castles and was built around the sixth century AC. The surroundings of the castle have impressively high walls to protect it and it has two big towers called the white and black tower built out of rock. The castle was entirely restored during the period 1980-1991 by the architect Galfetti. Inside the castle there is an archaeological and art history museum, where historical findings dating from prehistoric times are displayed.
Location: Monte San Michele, 6500 Bellinzona — Phone: +41 (0) 91 825 81 45