Domodossola, Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Piedmont

Domodossola is situated in the Vigezzo valley, at the junction of the Bogna and Toce rivers, at the foot of the Italian Alps, and acts as a minor passenger-rail hub. Its strategic location accommodates Swiss passengers, acting as an international stop-point between the Swiss cities of Locarno (Italian-speaking) and Brig (German-speaking) through the Simplon Pass.


  • Altitude: 272 m a.s.l
  • Surface area: 36,89 sq km
  • Population: about 18,000 inhabitants in 2017
  • Population Density: inhabitants per sq km
  • Zip/postal code: 28845
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0324
  • Patron Saint: Saints Gervasio and Protasio, celebrated on 19 June
  • GPS Coordinates: 46°06'N 8°18'E

Administrative Division

Domodossola is not divided into frazioni but into "borgate": Alla Fraccia, Andosso, Anzuno, Asparedo, Bacenetto, Baceno, Barro, Campei, Campione, Campoccio Dentro, Campoccio Fuori, Casa delle Rane, Case Lazzaro, Case Pioda, Castanedo, Castelluccio, Cimavilla, Cisore, Corte, Croppo, Crosiggia, Cruppi, Gabi Valle, Maggianigo, Monsignore, Monteossolano, Monticchio, Motto, Motto Mattarella, Piccioni, Prata, Prebletto, Pregliasca, Premone, Quana, Quartero, Rogoledo, Ronchetto, Sacro Monte Calvario, Sala, San Quirico, Tagliaroli, Torcelli, Torre Mattarella, Trontana, Vallesone, Valsorda, Vauza, Zoncalina.


Earlier known as Oscela, Oscella, Oscella dei Leponzi, Ossolo, Ossola Lepontiorum, and Domo d'Ossola (because it is in the Ossola valley), was the chief town of the Lepontii when the Roman Empire conquered the region in 12 BC.

During the Second World War Domodossola was part of an uprising against the Germans, whereby the valley of Ossola declared itself a republic and broke away from Facist Italy. The rebellion was crushed by German troops within a few months, but was an important symbol for anti-fascist movements within Italy until the end of the war.

What to see

  • The church of Santa Maria Maggiore, built around the 9th century AD, an early Longobard-style temple, completely renovated in 1700. The church contains frescoes by Lorenzo Peretti from Buttogno and Giuseppe Mattia Borgnis from Craveggia, a precious Renaissance marble tabernacle sculpted by Lorenzo Arrigoni from Pavia.

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