Italy/Switzerland: Lago Maggiore - paulsmit
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'World heritage site.' 
 The three strongholds of Bellinzona gard the Ticino valley. Since the Gotthardpass route followed that valley towards Italy, who owned these castles controlled a principal traderoute across the Alps. UNESCO added the complex to their list of World Heritage Sites. Photo Paul Smit.