Most imposing of the three castles is the Castlegrande , perched 50 meters above the city on a naturally level rock, it is an excellent example of medieval style fortification and affords excellent views over the city itself. The Black and White Towers, standing at 27 and 28 meters in height above the courtyard, date from the 13th and 14th centuries respectively.
Of the three ways of descending, one leads directly into the centre of Bellinzona along steep and winding roads - which gives an excellent view of just how quickly the ground rises to the base of the castle.
The Castlegrande is open year round.
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