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New Meetup: Bellinzona: old churches and older (medieval) battles

From: Andrea V.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 9:10 PM
What: Bellinzona: old churches and older (medieval) battles

When: Sunday May 23rd[masked]

Collegiata Church, Bellinzona
Via della Stazione

On Sunday May 23rd 2010, the imperial army of Frederick RedBeard is about to set off a new attack against the Communes. Our goal is to meet in Bellinzona, travel back in time to the year 1176 a.D. and witness the outcome of the battle.

A possible meeting place could be on the stairs of the Collegiata church around 11.00 a.m.: if you arrive by train**, that's the first church you meet, by walking left of the station and going down Via della Stazione (it takes 5-10 minutes on foot to get to the church). If you prefer, we can meet at 10.40 am at the station.

While waiting for the afternoon action to take place, a morning hike may be in order: the idea is to reach the castle of Sasso Corbaro by walking through Prada, a hamlet in the nearby woods of Ravecchia. It may have little to do with the fashion industry, but they say it's pretty, with plenty of old frescoes. If we are lucky, we may even see the churches from the inside.

Once we reach Prada, the 3rd castle (Sasso Corbaro) will be near. If there's nothing going on in Sasso Corbaro, we'll head down to castle #2 (Montebello), where all the battles and jousting take place. They usually have some inviting grill stands, so there will also be plenty of food!

The hike will be around 2 hours long, 5 km long and with a 300 metre height gap. It should be easy, as it's on an old mule track: you can see the details on the map at

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You may read more about the so called Chestnut Itineraries on:

To finish the day, we might have a Ticinese dinner at the Cat Cellar, before heading back home.

If you have any doubts, feel free to write me a message! By email it's always better, but if you have an urgent question you may also text me at +393472288060.


** When buying the train tickets to Bellinzona, you may want to check first if there are offers on

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