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

In 2005 the municipality was merged with the other, neighboring municipalities Arosio, Breno, Mugena and Vezio to form a new and larger municipality Alto Malcantone.[1]


Fescoggia is first mentioned in 1296 as Fescozia'.[2]

According to the 1296 document Fescoggia was one of only two villages that was in the Lugano area, but was totally owned by Como Cathedral. The Monastery of S. Abbondio in Como owned the tithe right in the village, but sold it in 1579 to Breno.

Fescoggia belongs to the parish of Breno. The Chapel of S. Silvester was built in the late 13th Century, over the ruins of a church dedicated to Madonna of the snows. It was renovated in the late 18th Century.

In the 15th Century, the village area also included Monti di Lot and Alp Firinesc. Until the end of the 19th Century, the inhabitants also drove their animals in a seasonal migration to alpine pastures to the east slopes of the mountains of Santa Maria and Cervello. On Monte Torri, in the 19th Century, an iron ore (hematite) mine opened a furnace for smelting operation was built. In 2000, more than four-fifths of the workers living in Fescoggia were commuters.[2]

Historic population[edit]

The historical population is given in the following table:

Year Population
1801 131
1850 177
1900 149
1950 83
1990 105
2000 88


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

Coordinates: 46°01′59″N 8°52′01″E / 46.033°N 8.867°E / 46.033; 8.867