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Comune di Valsolda
Valsolda - frazione San Mamete.jpg
Coat of arms of Valsolda
Coat of arms
Map of comune of Valsolda (province of Como, region Lombardy, Italy).svg
Valsolda is located in Italy
Location of Valsolda in Italy
Coordinates: 46°2′N 9°3′E / 46.033°N 9.050°E / 46.033; 9.050
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Como (CO)
Frazioni Albogasio Inferiore, Albogasio Superiore, Castello, Cressogno, Dasio, Drano, Loggio, Oria, Puria, San Mamete (municipal seat), Santa Margherita
 • Mayor Giuseppe Farina
 • Total 31.7 km2 (12.2 sq mi)
Elevation 275 m (902 ft)
Population (31 March 2017)[1]
 • Total 1,551
 • Density 49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Valsoldesi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 22010
Dialing code 0344
Website Official website

Valsolda is a comune (municipality) of about 1,400 inhabitants in the Province of Como in the Italian region Lombardy on the border with Switzerland. It is located about 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of Milan, about 25 kilometres (16 mi) north of Como and 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) east of Lugano.

Valsolda (Vallis Solida in Latin) takes its name from the river Soldo who cuts across the valley where it is situated. The municipality was formed in 1927 and it is subdivided into nine villages: Cressogno, San Mamete (the municipal seat), Albogasio, Oria and Santa Margherita on the shores of Lake Lugano, as well as Loggio, Drano, Puria, Dasio and Castello on the mountains above.

Valsolda was the set of some the works of novelist Antonio Fogazzaro, including Malombra (1881) and Piccolo mondo antico (1895); his house in Oria is still visitable.[2] Other notable figures from the area include painter Paolo Pagani, architect Pellegrino Tibaldi, writer and journalist Brunella Gasperini, TV anchors Victoria Cabello and Kurt Felix and singer Paola Del Medico.

Valsolda borders the following municipalities: Cadro (Switzerland), Cimadera (Switzerland), Claino con Osteno (Italy), Alta Valle Intelvi (Italy), Lugano (Switzerland), Porlezza (Italy), Sonvico (Switzerland), Val Rezzo (Italy) and Villa Luganese (Switzerland).


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
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