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Città di Tirano
Tirano vista dai tetti 020.jpg
Tirano within the Province of Sondrio
Tirano within the Province of Sondrio
Location of Tirano
Tirano is located in Italy
Location of Tirano in Italy
Tirano is located in Lombardy
Tirano (Lombardy)
Coordinates: 46°12′59″N 10°10′08″E / 46.21639°N 10.16889°E / 46.21639; 10.16889Coordinates: 46°12′59″N 10°10′08″E / 46.21639°N 10.16889°E / 46.21639; 10.16889
ProvinceProvince of Sondrio (SO)
FrazioniBaruffini, Cologna, Madonna di Tirano, Roncaiola
 • MayorFranco Spada
 • Total32 km2 (12 sq mi)
441 m (1,447 ft)
 (31 August 2016)[2]
 • Total9,053
 • Density280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0342
Patron saintMartin of Tours
Saint day11 November
WebsiteOfficial website
Postcard of Palazzo Salis (now Sertoli-Salis) from 1911.

Tirano (Lombard: Tiràn, German: Thiran) is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. It has 9,053 inhabitants (2016) and is adjacent to the Switzerland-Italy boundary. The river Adda flows through the town.

Main sights[edit]

Located nearby is the Catholic shrine of the Madonna di Tirano, a major tourist attraction. The shrine is dedicated to the appearance of the Blessed Mother to Mario Degli Omodei on September 29, 1504, an event religious pilgrims credit with ending a pestilence.

The Museo Etnografico Tiranese (MET) is an ethnographic museum and located nearby the Basilica Madonna di Tirano in an 18th-century Palazzo, the Casa del Penitenziere (Penitent's House).

The museum of Palazzo Salis in the old town of Tirano is an example of the use of trompe l'oeil to create the illusion of architectural features.[3]


Tirano has two neighboring railway stations. One, a standard gauge station, is operated by Trenitalia, the state railway company, and is terminus of the Tirano–Lecco railway.

The other, a metre gauge station, is operated by the Rhaetian Railway (RhB). The line of the Bernina Railway connects St. Moritz (Canton of Graubünden/Switzerland) with Tirano. The complete line was opened in 1910. In 2008 the Bernina Railway as well as the Albula Railway were recorded from UNESCO in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ Paull, J. (2015). "Tirano's Palace of Trompe L'Oeil: A Photographic Exhibition by John Paull". SlideShare. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08.

External links[edit]

Media related to Tirano at Wikimedia Commons