A weekend exploring beautiful Ticino

Bellinzona is well known for its three castles: Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbaro. The castle fortress sits perched overlooking Bellinzona. The castles are part of the UNESCO World Heritage site and preserved as cultural heritage. Whether you live in Ticino, or are just visiting for the day, a hike around the three castles is the perfect way to enhance your time in the area.

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Hiking Monte Brè in Lugano

After years of living in Lugano, I figured it was about time I hiked Monte Brè. More than once I’ve been told that Monte Brè has some of the best views over Lugano, and that I never doubted. But now I can concur, Monte Brè offers breathtaking views.

You have a few options when hiking Monte Brè. First, you can hike up or down. As we only had the morning to hike we opted for the easier hike, going down. The 5.5 km (3.4 miles) hike down Monte Brè was fairly straight forward with well marked out hiking paths along the way. It took us about 1.5 hours to hike down.

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Hiking 3 Alpine Lakes in Ticino: Lago Tremorgio, Lago di Leit and Lago di Morghirolo.

I think I may have found my new favorite hike in Ticino — I did a hike with some friends and fell in love with the area. The hiking route was absolutely gorgeous, much of it was above the tree line passing by three amazing alpine lakes: Lago Tremorgio, Lago di Leit and Lago di Morghirolo.

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