Bellinzona is the southernmost regional capital of Switzerland and its unique skyline comprises three of the countries best preserved medieval castles, including the hilltop Castelgrande and Sasso Corbaro and the Castello di Montebello. There is much to explore in the town including Villa dei Cedri art gallery, the historic old town, and lots of interesting architecture, both modern and medieval. You will find all of the facilities you would expect from any large town, including supermarkets, bakers and plenty of other small shops. There are banks, post offices and several ATM machines, as well as plenty of bars, and seasonal events to visit in the evening. There are many events taking place throughout the year and some of which may be taking place during your visit.
- Open-air cinema in the Castelgrande
- Pizza Blues Festival
- Lugano Estival Jazz, the main music event in Ticino, with free open-air jazz concerts
- Per Bacco, a traditional winegrowers festival
- Blues to Bop, a series of music concerts in Luganos town centre, you will find anything from Blues to pop, as well as gospel and soul
- Festa D Autunno a celebration featuring fresh gastronomic delicacies such as cheese, wines and produce produced by Ticino farmers
The Hotel and Spa Internazionale’s best asset is its convenient location opposite the railway centre and a short walk from the historic city centre. Despite being so close to the railway station, the hotel is a haven of peace and quiet inside. It is also a great quality hotel, well furnished, and extremely accommodating. The hotel has a restaurant with a winter garden, a bar and a spa and a fitness centre. The Spa area is equipped with a Finnish Sauna, a Turkish bath, a Jacuzzi, a hydro-massage, aromatic and chromatic sensation showers, and a relaxation area.
The bedrooms are tastefully furnished, and some offer views of the medieval castle on the east side and mountains on the west side. Rooms in the hotels new wing have more restricted views but are more recently renovated. Rooms on the 4th floor have beautiful wooden beams and some have a sloped ceiling. They have a smaller porthole style window and a skylight window with a more restricted view, but the rooms let ample light in. En suite rooms are equipped with double beds, but these can be separated to accommodate a twin bedded arrangement. Single rooms will contain a small double bed. Room facilities include a bath or shower, phone, hairdryer, work desk, TV, free WIFI and a safe.