Map of Waigaoqiao Pt for From a vantage point on the ramparts, it’s easy to trace the line of defensive fortifications which link the two castles across the width of the Ticino valley. The castle itself is impressive, with a fifteenthcentury courtyard and residential palace surrounding an older central portion dating from the thirteenth century, the latter now housing a museum of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Sasso Corbaro Castle courtyard April Oct daily 10am 6pm Free Museum April Oct daily 10am 6pm Fr.5; joint ticket for all castle museums plus Villa Cedri Fr.15 Bus 4 runs between the town centre and Artore, near the castle A stiff 45-minute climb brings you to Castello di Sasso Corbaro, 230m above Bellinzona, designed and built in six months in 1479 by a military engineer brought in from Florence. It shelters a vine-shaded courtyard osteria and has a spectacular rampart panorama; its museum includes a gallery showing changing exhibits by contemporary Ticinese artists. Villa dei Cedri and around Piazza San Biagio 9 Tues Fri 2 6pm, Sat & Sun 11am 6pm Fr.8; joint ticket for all castle museums plus Villa Cedri Fr.15 Wvillacedri. Map of Waigaoqiao Pt 2016.
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