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Berzona is a village and former municipality in the canton of Ticino, Switzerland.

In 2001 the municipality was merged with the other, neighboring municipalities Auressio and Loco to form a new and larger municipality Isorno.[1]


House near Berzona

Berzona is first mentioned in 1265 as Berzona.[2]

The village section of Seghelina is located directly on the main road, while the main village is above the road. During the Middle Ages it was part of the Squadra of Onsernone.

The church of S. Defendente was built in 1564 and became a parish church when it separated from Loco in 1777. The section of Seghelina has the chapels of Santa Maria (1682) and S. Maria Lauretana (1766). The political municipality was created at the same time as the Canton of Ticino in 1803.[2]

After World War II, much of the village population emigrated and sold their properties to outsiders. Many people who bought houses in Berzona were well known personalities from the arts and culture, such as Alfred Andersch, Golo Mann, Jan Tschichold and Max Frisch. Today, the village is shrinking as few jobs in farming and grazing remain and most of the working population have moved to Locarno.[2]

Historic population[edit]

The historical population is given in the following table:

Year Population
1795 306
1808 286
1850 235
1900 151
1950 84
2000 48


  1. ^ Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (German) accessed 14 January 2010
  2. ^ a b c d Berzona in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.

Coordinates: 46°13′N 8°51′E / 46.217°N 8.850°E / 46.217; 8.850