Cingino Dam

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Cingino Dam
Cingino Staumauer mit Steinböcken.jpg
Alpine Ibex goats on the wall
Cingino Dam is located in Italy
Cingino Dam
Location of Cingino Dam in Italy
Official nameDiga del Cingino
LocationAntrona Schieranco, Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Piedmont
Coordinates46°1′49″N 8°2′17″E / 46.03028°N 8.03806°E / 46.03028; 8.03806Coordinates: 46°1′49″N 8°2′17″E / 46.03028°N 8.03806°E / 46.03028; 8.03806
Construction began1925
Opening date1930
Dam and spillways
Type of damGravity, masonry
Height49 metres (161 ft)

The Cingino Dam is a gravity masonry dam located 7 kilometres (4 mi) southwest of Antrona Schieranco, Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in Piedmont, Italy. The dam creates Lago Cingino (or Cingino reservoir) which is fed by the Antigine and Troncone streams along with the waters of the Banella brook. The reservoir has a surface area of 10 square kilometres (4 sq mi) and is 2,262 metres (7,421 ft) above sea level. It is one of five reservoirs within a hydroelectric complex in the Valle Antrona and helps supply the Campliccioli Power Plant with water for power production.[1]

The dam became an internet sensation due to pictures of Alpine Ibex that climb up its steep downstream face in order to lick salt off the stones.[2]


  1. ^ "Dams and Central Valley Antrona". Commune de Antrona Schieranco. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  2. ^ "You've got to be kidding! Herd of mountain goats casually climb near-vertical 160ft dam". London: UK Daily Mail. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2011.