|Città di Tirano|
Tirano within the Province of Sondrio
|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)|
|• Density||290/km2 (740/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Martin of Tours|
|Saint day||11 November|
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.
Despite its population of less than 10,000, Tirano is considered a city because of the walls that were built to protect it.
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