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This photo shows Bellinzona’s nicely decorated Old Town patrician house façade with beautiful balconies with wrought iron railings and windows with nice skylight reflections.

The busts are real. From left to right: Galileo, Tasso, Dante, Petrarca and Ariosto.
Also, on the right side is bust of Volta and on the left side is the bust of Galileo and paintings of Edison and Morse (not shown in this photo).

Belllinzona’s Old Town – in the area around the Piazza Nosetto, Via del Teatro and Piazza del Governo.

Bellinzona is probably Switzerland's most Italianate town. The skyline of the capital of Ticino is defined by the powerful fortifications, comprising three of the best-preserved medieval castles in Switzerland, which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bellinzona is strategically positioned where the valley narrows on the way to the Alpine passes of St. Gotthard, San Bernardino and Lukmanier. The town acts as a gateway to Italy for those travelling from the North, and the keyhole to the Alps for those coming from the South.

The picturesque corners and squares, the courtyards and the neo-Classical, Italian-style theatre, and the sympathetically restored old houses tell visitors the history of what is culturally a Lombardy town. In its alleyways are richly decorated patrician houses and beautiful churches. Nice place to visit.

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