Omegna

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Omegna
Comune di Omegna
Omegna veduta.jpg
Coat of arms of Omegna
Coat of arms
Location of Omegna
Omegna is located in Italy
Omegna
Omegna
Location of Omegna in Italy
Omegna is located in Piedmont
Omegna
Omegna
Omegna (Piedmont)
Coordinates: 45°52′39″N 8°24′32″E / 45.87750°N 8.40889°E / 45.87750; 8.40889
CountryItaly
RegionPiedmont
ProvinceVerbano-Cusio-Ossola (VB)
FrazioniBagnella, Borca, Crusinallo, Cireggio, Santa Rita, Agrano, Gattugno, Sant'Anna
Government
 • MayorMaria Adelaide Mellano (PD)
Area
 • Total30.78 km2 (11.88 sq mi)
Elevation
295 m (968 ft)
Population
(31 December 2012)[1]
 • Total15,591
 • Density510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Omegnesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
28887
Dialing code0323
Patron saintSaint Ambrose
Saint day7 December
WebsiteOfficial website

Omegna (Italian: [oˈmeɲɲa], Lombard: [uˈmɛɲa], Piedmontese: [ʊˈmɛɲa]) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) northeast of Turin and about 13 kilometres (8 mi) southwest of Verbania at the northernmost point of Lago d’Orta and traversed by the Nigoglia, the lake's sole outflow.

A lively street market is held every Thursday morning along the lakeside boulevard. A daily ferry service connects Omegna with towns and villages around the lake.

History[edit]

Omegna and Monte Mottarone.

The presence of ancient settlement in the area has been proved by excavations held in the frazione of Cireggio, archaeological findings dating from the late Bronze and Iron Ages. Omegna is mentioned in 1221 AD, when the population gave itself to the commune of Novara.

In the 19th and early 20th century it became an industrial center (it was for many years the main centre for production of pots and small home appliances in Italy) and the population was increased by immigrants. In 1913 Omegna was connected with Pallanza by an electrical tramway line. It was declared a city in 1939. During World War II it was a center of partisan resistance against the German-Fascist occupation.

Main sights[edit]

A view of the centre of Omegna.
  • Church of Sant'Ambrogio. It is a late-Romanesque building with a nave and two aisles, with side chapels. The bell tower is still mostly the medieval one. The interior is now in Baroque style, and houses an altarpiece by Fermo Stella da Caravaggio (1547) and an urn with the relics of St. Vith, patron saint of Omegna.
  • Ponte Antico ("Ancient Bridge", 15th century), over the Strona river.
  • Porta della Valle ("Valley Gate", c. 1100 AD), also known as Porta Romana. It is the only surviving one among the five medieval gates of Omegna.
  • Museum of Arts and Industry Forum.

Twin towns[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Istat, Omegna:Tavola Bilancio demografico Anno 2009. (Other statistics also from Istat.)

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