Vogogna is located in the center of the Val d'Ossola, in Piedmont.
 
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Vogogna

The Village of the Agons
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Village of Vogogna
The Municipality of Vogogna
Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
Piedmont Region

inhabitants: 1.757
Altitude centre: 226 m s.l.m.

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Borghi Sostenibili del Piemonte
Paesi bandiera arancione
Unione montana delle Valli dell'Ossola 

Aree naturali protette:
Parco Nazionale della Val Grande

Municipality of Vogogna
Via Nazionale 150 - Vogogna (VB)
Tel. +39 0324 87042

Vogogna (Vogogna in Piedmontese, Vugògna in dialecto ossolano) is located in the center of the Val d'Ossola, in Piedmont.The toponym may derive from the name of the ancient people who lived in these lands before the Romans, Gauls Shad: Vallis Agonum, Valley of the Agons. A plaque dating back to 196 A.D. testifies Roman presence in Vogogna. The country, mentioned for the first time in a notarial document dated 970 d.C., remains a village of farmers up to the XIII century, when Vogogna, for its geographical location, is chosen as the capital of Lower Ossola. In 1375, the rivalry between Domodossola, capital of Upper Ossola and Vogogna, culminates with the sack of the latter on the part of opponents. In 1411 Vogogna rejected Swiss invaders but in 1416 they became allies against the upper Ossola. Between 1450-1535, during the domination of the Sforzas and under the government of the Borromeo (1416-1600) Vogogna became a flourishing village center of traffic and trades along the old road of the Sempione that crosses it. The period of relative economic prosperity and military importance, will last until the beginning of the Spanish domination (1535-1706).

The Visconteo Castle is built in 1348. The plan of the structure is irregular and reflects the topography of the land as well as the different phases of construction. Just above the castle are the ruins of the ancient fortress dating back to the IX-X century. The Praetorian Palace was also built in 1348. It is located at the foot of the staircase that leads to the castle. Was the seat until 1819 of the government of Lower Ossola. The building takes the architectural model of the Broletto lombardo and is supported by round arches resting on columns. Inside and outside are still partly visible fragments of ancient pictorial decoration including the Visconteo coat of arms at the top of the facade. The palace houses the inside the celtic Mascherone, soapstone, originally placed in the courtyard of the Church of San Pietro, where, at least from 1753, it was incorporated in a fountain. The mask is a male figure that could represent a god Silvestre, Cernunnos, or a Celtic hero.

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Varzo
Varzo
Varzo, the largest village in Ossola, rises along the border with Switzerland.
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola - 22.36 KM from Vogogna
Stresa
Stresa
Stresa, overlooking Lake Maggiore near the Gulf where the famous Borromean Islands are located, is one of the most beautiful and popular tourist destinations in northern Italy.
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola - 23.34 KM from Vogogna
Crodo
Crodo
Crodo, a small village in Piedmont known for its Crodino and its mineral waters.
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola - 23.59 KM from Vogogna
Orta San Giulio
Orta San Giulio
Located at the end of a hilly promontory which gently slopes towards the shores of the lake, the hamlet of Orta rises in front of the Isola San Giulio
Novara - 25.26 KM from Vogogna
Laveno
Laveno
The village of Laveno is located on the shores of Lake Maggiore, in Lombardy.
Varese - 27.29 KM from Vogogna
Baceno
Baceno
Baceno, not far from Domodossola, is located in the Antigorio Valley.
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola - 28.2 KM from Vogogna

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.

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