MUNICIPALITY OF VOGOGNA
(Verbano Cusio Ossola District)
mt. 223 a.s.l.
Town hall – Ph. 0324 87200
Castle – Ph. 0324 878845
Before the Romans, the area was occupied by an ancient population called Agon Gauls, Vogogna derives from Vallis Agonum (”village of the Agons”).
You can start your visit from the Oratory of S. Pietro, located just outside the old centre and which preserves some precious 15th century frescoes.
From here you can continue along the main street that leads to the historical center and pass through the S. Carlo district, with its 18th century buildings and arrive to the ancient De Regibus street, with a church collapsed (with its bell tower) in 1975. Only its Renascence portal survived, now housed in the new bell tower.
A small bridge will take you to the heart of the borgo. On the left you can admire the tower of the castle. In Via Roma there is a line of buildings embellished with 17th century balconies. Pretorio is a small Gothic palace, built in 1348, it was the headquarter of local government until 1819. Around Pretorio there are very beautiful houses, such as Villa Biraghi Lossetti (1650), located near the small church of Saint Martha. In piazza Camillo you can admire Casa Marchesa, the oldest noble house of the borgo (1350).
The route then bends to the right along what remains of the ancient walls (Via Sotto le Mura). From here you go up on the embankment of the buttresses in Via Sopra le Mura to admire the lower corner of the borgo, called in dialect “Cantun Suta“.
A dark arched passage leads to the eighteenth-century Palazzo dell’Insinuazione, from where you reach the picturesque Piazzetta del Pozzo. From here you go up Via Roma to take, on the left, the path that leads to the other part of the village, the “Cantun Sura”, whose houses leaning against each other seem to cling around the castle, reachable through a beautiful climb in part steps.
The Visconti Castle with its round tower has dominated Vogogna since the mid-14th century. It was built in 1348 by Giovanni Visconti, Bishop of Novara as well as lord and archbishop of Milan, the castle was designed to defend both the small town of Vogogna and the entire valley. The castel with its towers and characteristic crenellated walls, has managed to preserve its imposing medieval majesty over time.
Cheese and salami are the local products. The local dish is called Gnocchi all’Ossolana: potato dumplings with pumpkin, chestnut, butter and cheese.
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