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Castello Visconteo di Vogogna

Via Castello
28805 Vogogna (VB) | View on Map
Municipality: Vogogna

The Castle of Vogogna was built in a higher place than the village, and with its semicircular tower it overlooks the whole village.
This fortress was likely commissioned by Giovanni Visconti, who widened the castle in 1348 by adding other parts to the already existing structure.

The castle was conceived to be a military district for the defense of the whole valley and of Vogogna in particular. In 1328 the small village became indeed the capital city of the Lower Ossola Region, which was in contrast to Domodossola, namely the capital city of the Upper Ossola Region.
In 1970 it was closed to the public after the renovation works started in 1990, and it was reopened in 1998. From 1998 to 2004 the inside structure was completed with the new facilities inaugurated on 4th June, 2005.

The castle houses a permanent exhibition entitled "Il soldatino di piombo. Figurini storici dal secolo V al secolo XXI" (meaning "Tin soldier. Historic models from 5th to 21st century"), temporary exhibitions and didactic proposals as well.

Opening times:

From 2018, the Castle hosts on two floors the permanent exhibition "Tempo di lupo. La storia di un ritorno" by Muse of Trento in the field of LIFE WOLFALPS European project.

In the Castle you could also discover a suggestive corner of the Middle Ages through "Armi, usi e costumi dell'epoca medievale" by ACOI Associazione Culturale Ossola Inferiore.

Opening hours for winter 2019

  • 7-8-14-15-21-22-23-24-27-28-29 December 2019: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
  • 3-4-5-6 January 2020: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

For further information: ph.: 0324347217 - E-mail: - website:

Entrance fee: 3.50 Euro - reduced ticket 2.50 Euro - 2.00 Euro for school groups / free for residents

Vogogna Castle
Vogogna Castle
(photo by: Giancarlo Parazzoli)
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Villa Biraghi, Piazza Pretorio, 6 - 28805 Vogogna (VB)
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