The town lies east of the Ticino River, along the river valley and is surrounded by the southern ranges of the Lepontine Alps to the east and west, and by the Lugano Pre-alps to the south. The entrance to the Italian Lake District and the city of Lugano lie across the border to the south of Bellinzona. This proximity to Italy makes the Ticino area distinctly Italian in culture and orientation and you almost feel as if you have left Switzerland for Italy.
Hotel & Spa Internazionale Bellinzona, was the hotel we chose for our stay in this beautiful Swiss-Italian town.
The large suite was comprised of two stories with a sitting room downstairs and a large bedroom with a second sitting area upstairs. The bed was very comfortable and clean and fresh. You felt like you were tucked up cozy into the rafters of the historic hotel.
The hotel is well located for walking the historic center of Bellinzona and visiting all of its sites. We happened to be there on market day, so the square was populated with colorful stalls with vendors selling locally made crafts, foods and produce, fashion and accessories. The whole town was out enjoying the beautiful day!