Leggiuno

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Leggiuno
Comune
Comune di Leggiuno
Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, at Reno.
Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, at Reno.
Coat of arms of Leggiuno
Coat of arms
Map of comune of Leggiuno (province of Varese, region Lombardy, Italy).svg
Leggiuno is located in Italy
Leggiuno
Leggiuno
Location of Leggiuno in Italy
Coordinates: 45°52′36.48″N 8°37′18.12″E / 45.8768000°N 8.6217000°E / 45.8768000; 8.6217000
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Varese (VA)
Frazioni Arolo, Ballarate, Baraggia, Bosco, Casa Motta, Campagna, Cellina, Cobbione, Ghirate, La Gesiola, Marzaro, Mirasole, Quicchio, Reno, Roncaccio, Rozzoni, Santa Caterina del Sasso, Santa Maria, Sasso Moro
Government
 • Mayor Adriano Costantini
Area
 • Total 13 km2 (5 sq mi)
Elevation 240 m (790 ft)
Population
 • Total 3,405
 • Density 260/km2 (680/sq mi)
Demonym Leggiunesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 21038
Dialing code 0332
Patron saint St. Stephen
Saint day 26 December
Website Official website

Leggiuno is a town and comune in the province of Varese, Lombardy, Italy.

It is the birthplace of Gigi Riva, a footballer of Cagliari and Italy. The great Italian operatic tenor Giuseppe Borgatti died there in retirement in 1950.

Main sights[edit]

The frazione of Reno is home to the hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, which overlooks Lake Maggiore. Local tradition has it that it dates back to the 12th century and was founded by the hermit Alberto Besozzi. Though still in use as a monastery, it serves mainly as a tourist attraction and pilgrimage site.