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Not to be confused with Tirana or Tiran (disambiguation).
Città di Tirano
Tirano vista dai tetti 020.jpg
Tirano within the Province of Sondrio
Tirano within the Province of Sondrio
Tirano is located in Italy
Location of Tirano in Italy
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
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Province of Sondrio (SO)
Frazioni Baruffini, Cologna, Madonna di Tirano, Roncaiola
 • Total 32 km2 (12 sq mi)
Elevation 441 m (1,447 ft)
Population (31 December 2004)
 • Total 9,136
 • Density 290/km2 (740/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Tiranesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 23037
Dialing code 0342
Patron saint Martin of Tours
Saint day 11 November
Website Official website

Tirano (Lombard: Tiràn) is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. It has about 9,044 inhabitants and is adjacent to the Switzerland-Italy boundary. The river Adda flows through the town.


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, and used mainly to take tourists and skiers to St. Moritz, Pontresina, or to various ski areas via the Bernina Pass.

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 Palazzo Salis close by the municipal offices is a remarkable example of the use of trompe l'oeil to create the illusion of architectural features.[1]

Despite its population of less than 10,000, Tirano is considered a city because of the walls that were built to protect it.


Postcard of Palazzo Salis (now Sertoli-Salis), Tirano, Valtelline. Postmarked Lecco to Bern. Franked, 12 June, 1911.



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Media related to Tirano at Wikimedia Commons