Sesto Calende

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Sesto Calende
Comune
Comune di Sesto Calende
Sesto Calende.jpg
Coat of arms of Sesto Calende
Coat of arms
Map of comune of Sesto Calende (province of Varese, region Lombardy, Italy).svg
Sesto Calende is located in Italy
Sesto Calende
Sesto Calende
Location of Sesto Calende in Italy
Coordinates: 45°44′N 08°38′E / 45.733°N 8.633°E / 45.733; 8.633
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Varese (VA)
Frazioni Abbazia, Coquo, Lentate, Lisanza, Mulini, Oca, Oneda, Oriano, San Giorgio, Santa Fe', Sant'Anna
Government
 • Mayor Marco Colombo
Area
 • Total 23 km2 (9 sq mi)
Elevation 198 m (650 ft)
Population (31 January 2009)
 • Total 10,763
 • Density 470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Demonym Sestesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 21018
Dialing code 0331
Patron saint San Bernardino
Saint day 20 May
Website Official website

Sesto Calende is a town and comune located in the province of Varese, in the Lombardy region of northern Italy.

It is at the southern tip of Lake Maggiore, where the Ticino River starts to flow towards the Po River. The main historical sight is the Abbey of San Donato, built in the 9th and 10th centuries. It houses a painting by Bernardino Zenale (1503).

Trivia[edit]

Emile Taddéoli left Switzerland for Sesto Calende where he was hired as test pilot for Savoia in mid-1914. During the next five years of activity, Taddéoli made more than 2,700 flight tests, flying about 150,000 kilometres (93,000 mi). In January 1919 Emile Taddéoli was pioneering again in crossing the Apennine Mountains in a seaplane between Sesto Calende and San Remo. On 12 July 1919, with a passenger on board, he flew from Calende on Lago Maggiore to Lake Geneva in 110 minutes, overflying the Mont Blanc (4,695 metres (15,404 ft)) massif in his SIAI S.13.

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