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Vogogna, immersed in the verdant Val d'Ossola, part of its territory is included in the Val Grande National Park. Framed by suggestive mountain peaks, it is only a few kilometers from Lake Maggiore. The ancient town, enhanced today by a river pebble pavement with a medieval flavor, is the ideal setting for civil and religious events, such as those staged by the Compagnia d'Arme Ducale.
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About the village

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.

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 

Orange Flag - Italian Touring Club

Aree naturali protette:
Parco Nazionale della Val Grande

Via Nazionale 150 - Tel. +39 0324 87042

= distances as the crow flies


  • Highway A26 Genova Voltri / Gravellona Toce; follows SS 33; exit Piedimulera - Vigogna; direction Gravellona Toce


  • Vogogna railway station


  • Milan - Malpensa airport
  • Milan - Linate airport
  • Turin Airport - Caselle

Sleep, eat, buy...

Restaurant Pizzeria Magnolia
Viale delle Magnolie, 9 - 28821, Cannero Riviera (Verbano-Cusio-Ossola)
29.96 Kilometers from Vogogna
La Latteria di Crodo
Via Circonvallazione, 18 - 28862, Crodo (Verbano-Cusio-Ossola)
24.52 Kilometers from Vogogna
= distances as the crow flies


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