|Comune di Viganella|
|Province||Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola (VB)|
|• Mayor||Pierfranco Midali|
|• Total||13.7 km2 (5.3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,012 m (3,320 ft)|
|Population (Dec. 2004)|
|• Density||14/km2 (35/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Viganella is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 120 km northeast of Turin and about 30 km northwest of Verbania. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 185 and an area of 13.7 km².
Due to the mountains the town does not get direct sunlight for 83 days a year. To remedy this, in November 2006 the town set up a giant mirror with adjustable, computer-controlled orientation on the mountainside, consisting of 14 sheets of steel which together are 8 m wide and 5 m high. The mirror functions as a heliostat, tracking the sun so that sunlight always reflects onto the town square. The mirror was built at a cost of €100,000, or approximately €540 per resident.
The town was featured in a 2009 Italian/Canadian film called Lo Specchio (The Mirror).
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
- "Brilliant idea: mirror lights up village". The Times, UK. 12 November 2006.
- BBC picture
- Official Viganella site (In Italian)
- Trailer for 'Lo Specchio'
- Articles about Lighting Solution: Article 1, Article 2