Intragna TI

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TI is the abbreviation for the canton of Ticino in Switzerland and is used to avoid confusion with other entries of the name Intragnaf .

Intragna coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of TicinoCanton of Ticino Ticino (TI)
District : Locarno districtw
Circle : Melezza district
Municipality : Centovalli TIi2
Postal code : 6655
Coordinates : 697 401  /  114787 coordinates: 46 ° 10 '39 "  N , 8 ° 42' 0"  O ; CH1903:  697401  /  114787
Height : 366  m above sea level M.
Area : 24.05  km²
Residents: 897 (December 31, 2008)
Population density : 37 inhabitants per km²
Intragna, view from the north

Intragna, view from the north

Intragna TI (Switzerland)
Intragna TI
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Parish before the merger on October 24, 2009

Intragna is a place in the municipality of Centovalli and a former political municipality in the Melezza district , in the Locarno district of the canton of Ticino in Switzerland . Intragna is the capital of the Centovalli municipality and seat of the municipal administration, and is also the capital of the Melezza district. The Geographical Lexicon of Switzerland (1902) traces the place name back to the Latin "inter amnes" (German: "between the rivers").

Community merger

On October 25, 2009, the municipalities of Intragna, Borgnone and Palagnedra merged to form the new municipality of Centovalli.


Intragna is 369  m above sea level. M. on the flattened mountain spur between the two valleys of the Melezza and the Isorno , at the entrance to the valleys of Onsernone and Centovalli and at the junction of the two strong torrents Isorno and Melezza, in the middle of rich vineyards and old chestnut trees. The hamlets of Calezzo, Corcapolo with Salmina, Costa, Cremaso, Golino, Pila, Rasa , Vosa and Verdasio with Bolle and Sassalto belonged to the former municipality .

The medieval town center is more reminiscent of a small town than a village, with its three- to four-story houses built closely together, partly unplastered from local quarry stone, partly plastered and painted in color, and the central square with the arcade-decorated house of the municipal administration.


Aerial photo (1964)

The first mention of the village - as Intranea - comes from the year 1272. In the Middle Ages, the bishops of Como and the Capitanei of Locarno belonged to the landlords. Together with Golino and Verdasio, the village formed a Vicinia (neighborhood), the first statutes of which date from 1365 (revised 1469). It had the right to delegate a representative to the council of the Pieve of Locarno. The mayor (console) was provided alternately for five years by Intragna, then for one each by Golino and Verdasio. From the 16th to the 18th century Intragna was part of the regional bailiwick of Locarno .

Ecclesiastically, Intragna was originally dependent on the Golino (Church of S. Giorgio mentioned in 1297) located below in the Melezza valley; However, the chapel of S. Gottardo in Intragna, consecrated in 1474, separated in 1653 from the Golino parish, established in the 16th century. The current church was built in 1722–38, the bell tower was added in 1765–75; the latter is the highest campanile in the canton of Ticino with a height of 65 m. For centuries, Intragna was primarily characterized by agriculture (arable farming, cattle breeding, viticulture), but more of a place on the Pedemonte than on the alpine plateau with alpine farming. From the 16th century, income from seasonal emigration (especially chimney sweeps to Lombardy and Piedmont) was added. In the second half of the 19th century there was a strong emigration overseas (America, Australia). The commercial and industrial production in a watch factory, a quarry, a carpenter's workshop and the manufacture of pedule (cloth shoes with hemp soles, from the beginning of the 20th century to 1962) came to a standstill in the 1960s. The canton road was built in 1889–93, and in 1923 the station on the Locarno-Domodossola railway line. In 1929, today's S. Donato retirement and nursing home was opened. While the population in the higher settlements has declined sharply, Intragna and Golino have grown since 1970 thanks to their proximity to Locarno, where people can commute to work. Accordingly, new residential buildings and quarters have emerged in and around the medieval village center.


Population development
year 1653 1801 1850 1900 1950 1970 2000 2005 2007 2008
Residents 604 936 1428 1240 957 881 915 894 882 897


The village image is classified in the inventory of protected sites in Switzerland (ISOS) as a site of national importance in Switzerland.

  • Parish church of San Gottardo with campanile - at 65.11 m it is the highest in Ticino.
  • Maggetti House, Centovalli and Pedemonte Museum
  • Parish church of San Giorgio in the district of Golino, mentioned 1297, with painting of San Giorgio a Cavallo (17th century)
  • Parish church of Santi Giacomo Maggiore e Cristoforo (1578) in the Verdasio district
  • Parish church of Sant'Anna (1746) in the district of Rasa with painting Sant'Anna e Maria bambina by Pietro Ligari
  • Stone bridge on the Intragna-Remagliasco road (1588)
Bell tower of the San Gottardo Church


Intragna is located at the entrance to the major tourist areas of the Centovalli and Onsernone , and is also conveniently located on the cantonal road and on the Centovalli Railway , which crosses the Isorno river with an 82 m high viaduct below the town. The train enables a direct connection to Locarno and Domodossola , which is on the Simplon line . Intragna is the starting point of a cable car to Costa with an intermediate station for the town of Pila. Intragna is also home to the canton's highest campanile at 65.114 m . Apart from the impressive Centovalli e Pedemonte regional museum and the sights described, Intragna has few tourist facilities: two smaller hotels (there are two more in Golino), a number of privately rented holiday apartments and three restaurants.


  • Petronus Bianchi (* around 1310 in Intragna; † after 1365 ibid), member of the Pieve Locarno council in 1365
  • Bustelli family
    • Paolo Maria Bustelli (* around 1710 in Intragna; † after 1750 there), Capuchin , wrote the history of Intragna in 1750
    • Franz Anton Bustelli (1723–1763), sculptor and sculptor
    • Paolo Bustelli (* around 1790 in Intragna; † after 1844 ibid), Ticino Grand Council 1839–1844
  • Giuseppe Pedrazzi (* around 1830 in Cerentino  ?; † after 1859 in Intragna?), Decorative painter
  • Mansueto Maggetti (* 1813 in Intragna; † ibid. 1844), organist, 1826–1828 and then 1837–1844 organist of the parish church of San Gottardo in Intragna; he studied in Milan in 1828 and 1837
  • Gottardo Fedele Ponziano Piazzoni (born April 12, 1872 in Intragna, † August 1, 1945 in Carmel Valley (San Diego) ), painter and sculptor,
  • Antoinette de Saint Léger (* 1856 in the Russian Empire , † 1948 in Intragna) was the owner of the Isole di Brissago from 1885 to 1927
  • Gottardo Piazzoni (born April 12, 1872 in Intragna, † August 1, 1945 in Carmel Valley (San Diego) ), painter at the California School of Design in San Francisco , for the Main Library of San Francisco he created a cycle of 14 paintings
  • Carlo Zanda (born February 2, 1886 in Livorno , † February 11, 1971 in Intragna), from Verscio , businessman and writer.
  • Boris Hellmann (* 1905 in Heiden AR ; † 1975 in Zurich ), actor and set designer.
  • Ettore Jelmorini (born May 17, 1909 in Intragna; † April 6, 1968 there), stone cutter and miner
  • Werner Zingg (born October 15, 1916 in Basel ; † September 2, 2010 in Intragna), painter and sculptor
  • Friedrich Reinhard Brüderlin (* 1919 in Basel; † 2009 in Intragna), sculptor and painter
  • Ermano Maggini (1931–1991), music teacher and composer
  • Fede Cavalli Melià (born April 19, 1936 in Cevio , † November 19, 2011 in Prato-Sornico ), painter, linoleum artist
  • Roberto Maggini (born August 28, 1944 in Intragna), singer and folk singing researcher, he accompanied Dimitri in tournèe; In 1975 he attended the Scuola Teatro Dimitri ; 1980 member of the Compagnie Théâtre Pashahu
Intragna with the Centovalli railway viaduct


  • Eugenio Bernasconi: L'asilo ricovero San Donato Intragna. In: Pro Senectute: Swiss magazine for old age care, old age care and old age insurance , Zurich 1930.
  • Rodolfo Huber: Intragna. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland . December 21, 2016 .
  • Johann Rudolf Rahn : I monumenti artistici del medio evo nel Cantone Ticino. Tipo-Litografia di Carlo Salvioni, Bellinzona 1894, (Golino) p. 116, 117.
  • Elfi Rüsch: I monumenti d'arte e di storia del Canton Ticino. Distretto di Locarno IV: La Verzasca, il Pedemonte, le Centovalli e l'Onsernone. (= The art monuments of Switzerland. Volume 123). Ed. Society for Swiss Art History SKG. Bern 2013, ISBN 978-3-03797-084-3 , (Golino: pp. 185–199), (Intragna: pp. 200–223), (Verdasio: pp. 234–243).
  • Celestino Trezzini : Intragna. In: Historisch-Biographisches Lexikon der Schweiz , Volume 4, Hoescheller - Jestetten. , Attinger, Neuenburg 1927, p. 358 ( digitized version ).

Web links

Commons : Intragna TI  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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