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The UNESCO Sites of our Territory

February 20th, 2018 | By Melanie Pohl in Activities, Parco San Marco, Surroundings, To know more about | No Comments »

Near the Parco San Marco resort, there are several sites that are part of the UNESCO heritage and that are worth visiting during your stay here with us!



In the Sacred Mountains of northern Italy are groups of chapels and other architectural artefacts erected between the 16th and 17th centuries. In addition to their symbolic and spiritual significance, they possess remarkable qualities of beauty and are integrated into a natural and landscape environment of hills, forests and lakes. These are the reasons that led UNESCO to include them on the World Heritage list in 2003.

The Sacro Monte above Varese rises to 883 m. s.l.m. The devotional path develops along the slopes of Monte Velate, in a splendid panoramic position that turns the gaze to the prealpine lakes and the plain. At the Sacro Monte in Varese, important artists, such as Giovan Mauro della Rovere, one of the Fiammenghini and Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli, called the Morazzone, have worked in cultural landscape of Lombardy.

Located on the western side of Lake Como, the Sacro Monte di Ossuccio has remarkable scenery. The complex is located on a slope immediately behind Ossuccio (419 m s.l.m.), opposite the Comacina island, in a splendid panoramic position on the lake. The Sacred Mount is made up of fifteen chapels dedicated to the Mysteries of the Rosary, built between 1635 and 1710. These are distributed along a cobbled road that leads to the sanctuary, along olive groves that give the complex a great harmony between architecture and landscape.


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The Monte San Giorgio is the best evidence of a geological history dating back to the Triassic 245-230 million years ago and, through the thousands of fossils found from the nineteenth century up to the present day, has allowed us to study the evolution of various animal species and plant. The site presents the remains of a tropical lagoon environment, separated from the open sea, near the emerged lands whose palaeontological content includes terrestrial organisms such as reptiles, insects and plants.

The rocky pyramid of Monte San Giorgio rises 1,097 meters between Lombardy and the Canton of Ticino, between the two southern branches of Lake Lugano, Porto Ceresio (Italy) and Capolago (Switzerland).

From the nineteenth century until today, 21,000 specimens have been found that have allowed us to study the history and evolution of many animal and plant species, some of which are exclusive to Monte San Giorgio, making it a point of reference for the studies of the Middle Triassic period.


The castles of Bellinzona are among the most admirable examples of medieval fortified architecture in Switzerland. Today’s configuration of the Bellinzona lock, which has its distant origins in a late-ancient nucleus located on the hill of Castelgrande, is essentially due to the complex construction activity promoted by the Dukes of Milan in the fifteenth century. At that time, the construction of a powerful defensive system that barred the width of the Ticino valley to stop the advance of the confederates was brought back to light. Even today this fortification, with its crenellated walls, towers and gates, does not cease to arouse wonder.castello-2_slideshow

After reconstructions that took place over the centuries, restorations and recent improvements, the three castles, Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbaro received recognition of the World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2000.

Today, the easiest way to get to the Castelgrande is the lift, which from the base of the hill leads directly into the complex.