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I’m posting here another photo from my recent travelling, which shows a typical stone house from Bellinzona in canton of Ticino in southern Switzerland.

Architecture and design have been taken seriously for centuries past, with a string of world-class architects emanating from the Ticino from the Middle Ages. Much time and money was devoted to architecture, with cities, towns and villages throughout the canton full of sympathetic, subtle restoration of ancient buildings where the local stone was a major important construction material.

Ticino is divided topographically in two by the modest Monte Ceneri range, the area to the north is the Sopraceneri (“Above Ceneri”), that to the south is Sottoceneri (“Below Ceneri”).

The main attractions are the lakeside resorts of Locarno and Lugano, where mountain scenery merges with the subtropical flora encouraged by the warm climate, although the cantonal capital Bellinzona and the quiet valleys of Alto Ticino also hold a great deal of charm.

Ticino is known, too, for its plethora of ancient churches in hamlets and villages across the canton, many of them Romanesque and containing medieval frescoes, and most also featuring huge external murals of St Christopher, patron saint of travellers.

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