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Chestnuts are a fruit typical of autumn. They can be gathered in forests throughout most of Ticino. In the past when Ticino was a very rural region, chestnuts were one of the main pillars of people’s diets. For this reason, chestnuts were commonly called “l’albero del pane”, or “the bread tree”. After the harvest in the late autumn, they were eaten in stews or roasted on the fire. A large quantity, however, were dried so that they could be preserved for several months, or ground in order to produce flour.

Le castagne sono un frutto tipico della stagione autunnale. Le possiamo raccogliere nei boschi in buona parte del Ticino. Nel mondo rurale, quale era il Ticino dei secoli scorsi, la castagna costituiva uno dei pilastri dell’alimentazione. Per questo motivo il castagno era comunemente soprannominato “L’albero del pane”. Dopo la raccolta, a fine autunno, si mangiavano lessate o arrostite sul fuoco. Una buona parte veniva però essiccata in modo da poterle conservare per parecchi mesi, o macinare per ottenere farina.


Observing the three castles from a distance you might think that they got there just by chance but a closer look at this small town, situated in the middle of the valley floor of the River Ticino, which connects the Alps to Lake Maggiore, might make you reconsider. In fact, the capital developed around the fortress in the course of the centuries, acquiring a multicultural identity that derives from its enviable position and has determined its role as a pulsating cultural hub at the heart of Europe.

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