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Losone Coat of Arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of TicinoCanton of Ticino Ticino (TI)
District : Locarno districtw
Circle : Circle Isole
BFS no. : 5115i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 6616
Coordinates : 702 698  /  113554 coordinates: 46 ° 9 '56 "  N , 8 ° 46' 6"  O ; CH1903:  702,698  /  113554
Height : 238  m above sea level M.
Height range : 199–1240 m above sea level M.
Area : 9.26  km²
Residents: 6701 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 724 inhabitants per km²
Website: www.losone.ch


Location of the municipality
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Losone , in the alpine Lombard local dialect [loɕoŋ] , is a municipality in the county Isole , district of Locarno , in the Swiss canton of Ticino .


Aerial photo (1953)

Losone lies on the banks of the Maggia and Melezza and borders the communities of Ascona , Locarno , Terre di Pedemonte and Centovalli . The municipality consists of the districts Al Ponte, Arbigo, Saleggi, San Giorgio, San Lorenzo, San Rocco, Trisnera and the industrial area Zandone. Above the village center are the nature reserve Parco del bosco di Maia, the village Arcegno , the Maiensäss Monti di Losone and the steep, wooded mountain area below the Corona dei Pinci viewpoint , which is 1293 m above sea level. M. lies.


Archaeological finds show that the municipality of Losone was inhabited as early as the Neolithic Age, and grave furnishings from the 1st to 4th centuries AD suggest an ancient necropolis . The area was also inhabited during Roman times, in 1945 a grave from this period was found in Arcegno.

The first mentions of the place are de Loxono (1061, copy from 1402) and de Losono (1200). The place name probably goes back to the Celtic * lausā 'large stone, large stone slab', supplemented by the Italo-Romanic enlargement suffix -one , meaning 'by the large stone slab'. In 1274 it is called Borgo ( spots ). Losone had its own statutes, which were confirmed in 1734. The parish church of San Lorenzo separated from the mother church of San Vittore in Muralto before 1580 and became a provost church in 1747 .

Modern development began thanks to the construction of the Maggia Bridge (1815), the roads to Ascona and Golino (1824–1825) and the damming of the Maggia (from 1890). At the beginning of the 20th century a community hall and a school house were built, and goods were also merged. From 1941 to 1947 Polish and Ukrainian soldiers were interned in the Arbigo district, who built the road from Arcegno to Golino during this time. 1949–1950 this internment camp was converted into a barracks, where grenadiers were trained until 1973 and then until 2000 paramedics.

In 1957 the Agie machine factory set up shop in Losone and contributed significantly to the creation of an industrial zone near Zandone and Saleggi. After 1960 Losone developed more and more into a residential community, from 1940 to 1980 Losone recorded the strongest population growth of all communities in the Sopraceneri . In 1976 the new school center and in 1982 the old people's home were inaugurated.

Higher river barriers on the Maggia and Melezza became necessary after a flood flooded parts of Losone and the Zandone industrial area on August 7, 1978, killing 5 and causing millions of euros in damage. The machine factory Agie alone suffered damage amounting to 70 million Swiss francs.

After years of preparation, the wooded Parco del Bosco di Maia nature park above the village of Losone was formally founded in 1998 by the patriciate of Losone with the support of the local community and inaugurated in 1999. It includes rock formations such as the Barbescio, wooded hills, natural ponds, the so-called bolle, and 8 kilometers of hiking trails.

Local civil parish

San Rocco Church
Active local citizen families before 1995 and their nicknames

Albertini (Bertòcc, Cànua, Patipp, Schizz), Ambrosini (Bésénta, Consigliéér, Fiaschitt, Foitt, Mèra, Pizzurà, Tona o Tuna, Tonascitt, Sctopa, Za), Angeloni (Batacc, Fèèr, Pedoi, Pólta), Baldassari, Bertini (Zucch), Bianda (Bacch, Bagèla, Bajetô, Burghisa o Pedoi, Ciribucol, Jacomoj, Mazza o Mazzitt, Melchise, Mèu, Padèll, Picch, Ranzéta, Scarpéta, Vairora), Braguglia (Térésina, Za), Broggini (Böscer, Canzéléé, Ghighi, Lissandritt, Pedrói, Péntol), Brogini (Scigala), Camani (Camanitt, Scpufer), Capra, Conti (Falda), Cortella (Scé), Daghini, Fornera (Frutili, Gioachitt, Linôsa, Marlè, Rètt o Ratitt , SAETA, Scénvèi, Ucenói, Vérdèès, Zepa), Giroldi (Dova, rare books, Verdachia, Paol), Grassi, Jelmolini, Lorenzetti (Budee, Longh o Lunghitt, Marègna, Michelitt, Sciabéchi, Sctiven, TRE TRE), Modini ( Moditt), Oroni, Pinoja, Tonaccia (Scquéll, Massimilièn) .

New local citizen families according to LOP (Legge Organica Patriziale) since January 1, 1995

Basso, Bellini, Bernasconi, Citterio, Daghini, Decarli, Delbue, Delea, Filippi, Follini, Franzosi, Ghirardelli, Janetto, Jardini, Invernizzi, Lupatini, Lurati, Maggi, Meoli, Pawlowski, Pigazzini, Pisoni, Salvan, Sasselli, Trapletti, Trapletti Servalli, Spadetti, Spigaglia, Tiraboschi, Turuani, Zenoni.

Former local citizen families

Ambrosetti, Baldassari, Baldossi, Martinoli, Masera, Massera, Mattea, Petrolli, Rantoni, Rigalli, Rossi, Spigaglia, Zanoni.


Population development
year 1850 1900 1950 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2017
Residents 642 698 1437 3808 4911 5286 5907 6612 6622

Economy, energy and transport

Because of its flat and central location, Losone is a location for viticulture, numerous craft and service companies as well as some industrial plants, most of which are located in the districts of Al Ponte and Zandone .

The middle school

In 2015, an underground heat generation plant called Energia rinnovabile Losone (ERL) was opened in Saleggi , which is mostly fed with local wood, has an output of 6 MW and provides district heating for many large buildings in this quarter. An underground ring network of 3 kilometers in length was created, in which the 80 degree water circulates.

The two largest companies and employers in town are:

  • the precision machine factory Agie, which belongs to Georg Fischer AG , since 1957 in Losone, and
  • the fiber optic components factory Diamond SA

Losone is accessible to the public with three bus routes operated by Ferrovie autolinee regionali ticinesi (FART) . The main line and the most frequent bus is number 7, which runs from Locarno train station through Losone to the barracks and sometimes even to Zandone. In addition, bus number 1 also affects Losone in the Al Ponte area, bus number 314 also goes through Losone and Arcegno to Ronco sopra Ascona and back. The post bus line number 324 runs through Losone, Golino and Intragna and then opens up the whole Onsernone valley .

San Giorgio barracks and asylum center

Losone is famous not least for its barracks, which were built on the Arbigo plain after the Second World War and inaugurated in 1951. Before that, Polish and Ukrainian soldiers were interned there from 1941 to 1947, who had built the road from Arcegno to Golino.

The barracks and the gymnasium Vacchini

The grenadiers and medical soldiers of the Swiss army were trained on the former arsenal until 1973 and from 2000 to 2006 . After that the barracks stood empty, the community wanted to set up a spatial development, archeology and natural science museum in it. However, from October 20, 2014, the former barracks was used for three years as an asylum center for a maximum of 170 refugees who had applied for asylum in Switzerland . The average occupancy in 2014 was 140 people, most of whom came from Afghanistan , Eritrea , Libya , Nigeria , Somalia , Sudan and Syria . In some cases they were also able to do charitable work such as forest maintenance, road cleaning and waste disposal in Losone and the surrounding area. Dozens of people from Losone and the surrounding area had organized themselves as part of voluntary work, they met and helped asylum seekers in the Catholic parish hall and in the former barracks. The refugee crisis in Europe from 2015 onwards temporarily increased the number of billeted refugees to 270 people. In the first two years of operation, a total of 4,500 refugees passed through this initial reception center, from where they were distributed to permanent asylum centers in Switzerland after weeks or months. According to the plan, the federal initial reception center was closed on October 27, 2017 and the old barracks returned to the Losone community. Over 5,000 people from over forty countries with over 20,000 overnight stays had frequented the center in these three years.

On June 10, 2018, Losone's electorate narrowly rejected a motion by the municipal authorities in a referendum (with 1,492 to 1,218 votes) to use the barracks as a refugee reception center for another three years, even though the canton and the federal government CHF 600 000 a year would have paid.


Losone is now a popular holiday destination with apartment complexes, 15 hotels, 30 restaurants and a campsite. In 1999 a golf course was laid out in the outgoing Centovalli on the Melezza opposite the Terre di Pedemonte . Another attraction in summer is the bathing shore of the Maggia near Meriggio, Merisch in Ticino dialect .

According to the building and housing statistics, the share of second homes was 23.5% in 2014, so that the construction of further second homes would no longer be permitted under Swiss law.


Roman Catholic Parish Church of San Lorenzo
Roman Catholic Church of San Giorgio
Werner von Rheinbaben
Melanie Winiger


  • Losone Sportiva


  • Martino Adami (* around 1330 in Losone; † after 1366 ibid), named in 1366 as a representative of Losone in the council of the Pieve of Locarno and Ascona
  • Werner von Rheinbaben (born November 19, 1878 in Kowary ; † January 14, 1975 in Losone), German politician (DVP), diplomat and publicist
  • Julius Schmidhauser (born March 29, 1893 in Zurich ; † January 6, 1970 in Losone), Swiss philosopher
  • Emanuele “Lello” Bianda (* 1912 in Losone; † 1990 in Ascona), airport operator and “Signor Ascona”
  • Romano Broggini (born March 11, 1925 in Locarno ; † May 9, 2014 ibid, from Losone), lecturer at the Bellinzona Business School, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Popolo e Libertà, editor at the Vocabolario dei dialetti della Svizzera italiana , rector of the Liceo of Bellinzona; 2005 Doctorate honoris causa from the University of Zurich
  • Lucio Battaglia (* 1929 in Losone, † 2003 in Rome ), painter
  • Innocente "Cente" Pinoja (* 1927 in Arcegno, Losone; † February 12, 2017 ibid), local council and Ticino Grand Council; Author of Un pizzico di storia d'Arcegno (Losone 1994)
  • Renata Broggini (born November 25, 1932 in Locarno; † December 3, 2018 in Orselina ), teacher, historian, president of the Società culturale locarnese, author
  • Ulrico Hess (1939–2006), a Swiss professional officer (corps commander).
  • Manuele Bertoli (born September 29, 1961 in Balerna , from Novaggio ), teacher, 1988 lawyer, Ticino Grand Councilor and State Councilor, lives in Losone
  • Melanie Winiger (* 1979 in Locarno), model and film actress, grew up in Losone.


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