In the course of the 15th Century the Confederates started the conquest of Ticino and in the 16th Century the country was divided into eight advocacies. Cevio and all the Maggia were common advocacies of the 12 cantons of the Confederation, the country managed by a bailiff.
The St. Gotthard National Museum is located at 2100 m.a.s.l. It testify the history of transport organization, the romantic period of diligences and the long and painful drill of tunnels.
This service area on the A2 highway, is the first service area along of the north-south Gotthard road. Opened in 1999 it was built and designed by architect Mario Botta. In fact, the service area covers an area of 5000 m2, there are parking places for over 100 cars, 80 lorries and 17 coaches. Fuel…
As Cevio was the administration site of the bailiwick on behalf of the Confederation, Lottigna was the same for Uri, Schwyz and Nidwalden. The Parish church is mainly gift of the bailiff and is very rich in ornaments (plaster, paintings and vestments).
From 923 on, the Castle of Gruyères was the official residence of the 19 omonimous counts, who ruled over the entire Alpine region of the country. As a consequence of a difficult financial situation, the castle and its county were re-acquired by the cantons of Fribourg and Bern and were equally divided between them.
The monument commemorates the fall of 850 Swiss mercenaries occurred on the night between 9th and 10th August 1792, while trying to protect the Palace des Tuileries from the assault of the revolutionary crowds in Paris.
The medieval baroque town of Murten is surrounded by a circular defensive wall and is dominated by an imposing castle. Its arcades offer a very characteristic view to the visitor. It was precisely in this place that Charles the Bold was defeated by the Swiss army.
The Cathedral of St. Nicolas was erected in 1283 on the site previously occupied by the omonimous presbytery. This latter was first mentioned in 1177. The cathedral’s clock tower is precisely in the same style as the one of the Payerne and Estavayer.
These farms, rich of fields and pastures due to the large spaces on the hills of this region of Switzerland include the family home, a barn and a stable for the large herds of cows and horses.
In this region the rainy climate, buildings used for agricultural and living purposes are often unified under one roof. The front always looks toward the valley. The main windows are in the basement, where the women find suitable temperature and humidity for the delicate work of embroidery.
In this town situated on the southern slope of Lucomagno (1750 masl) in a fabulous alpine environment, is given the opportunity to rediscover the bond with nature, the harmony of men with the surrounding nature. The center is primarily a restaurant and a hotel that in 1995 has received the prize as “Ecohotel of the…