Bellinzona is one of the most picturesque cities in Switzerland, if not all of Europe. The city is located in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, and is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Alps. The city is home to three castles, which have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castles are open to the public, and offer stunning views of the city and the surrounding countryside. Bellinzona is also home to a number of charming churches, and a lively nightlife thanks to the large student population. The city is also home to a number of excellent restaurants, serving everything from traditional Swiss dishes to Italian fare.