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Domodossola

Domodossola (Piedmontese: Dòm) is a city and comune in the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, in the region of Piedmont, northern Italy. It was also known as Oscela, Oscella, Oscella dei Leponzi, Ossolo, Ossola Lepontiorum, and Domo d'Ossola (due to its position in the Ossola valley).

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Main sights 3
  • Economy 4
  • Culture 5
  • Twin towns 6
  • See also 7
  • External links 8

Geography

Domodossola is situated at the confluence of the Bogna and Toce Rivers, and is home to 18,300 people.

The city is located at the foot of the Italian Alps, and acts as a minor passenger-rail hub. Its strategic location accommodates Swiss rail passengers, and Domodossola railway station acts as an international stopping-point between Milan and Brig (a Swiss city of German language) through the Simplon Pass (Italian: Sempione). The Domodossola–Locarno railway is a 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge line to the east across the border to Locarno.

History

Domodossola was the chief town of the Lepontii when the Romans conquered the region in 12 BCE.

During World War II Domodossola was part of an uprising against the Germans, whereby the valley of Ossola declared itself a free partisan republic in September 1944 and broke away from Fascist Italy. The rebellion was crushed by German troops within less than two months, but was an important symbol for anti-fascist movements within Italy until the end of the war.

Main sights

  • Collegiate church of St. Gervasius and Protasius.
  • Palazzo Silva (17th century).

Domodossola is most famous for the Sacro Monte Calvario, a site of pilgrimage and worship close to it.

Economy

Economy is mostly based on services, the working of stones, and mechanics industry. The valleys in the area contain many dams and hydroelectric plants.

Culture

Its name is widely known in Italy as part of the local spelling alphabet as the entry: "D for Domodossola".

Twin towns

See also

External links

Domodossola travel guide from Wikivoyage

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