Grosio (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɡrɔːzjo]; Lombard: Gros) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Sondrio in the Italian region of Lombardy, located about 130 kilometres (81 mi) northeast of Milan and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) northeast of Sondrio, on the border with Switzerland.

Gros (Lombard)
Comune di Grosio
Coat of arms of Grosio
Location of Grosio
Grosio is located in Italy
Location of Grosio in Italy
Grosio is located in Lombardy
Grosio (Lombardy)
Coordinates: 46°18′N 10°17′E / 46.300°N 10.283°E / 46.300; 10.283
ProvinceProvince of Sondrio (SO)
FrazioniTiolo, Ravoledo
 • MayorAntonio Pruneri
 • Total127.0 km2 (49.0 sq mi)
656 m (2,152 ft)
 (31 August 2017)[2]
 • Total4,431
 • Density35/km2 (90/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0342
WebsiteOfficial website

The municipality of Grosio contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Tiolo and Ravoledo.

Grosio borders the following municipalities: Grosotto, Monno, Poschiavo (Switzerland), Sondalo, Valdidentro, Valdisotto, Vezza d'Oglio.

Main sights edit

Castello Nuovo
The Rupe Magna.
  • Rock Engraving Park of Grosio.[3] It houses the Rupe Magna, a large rock which has more than 5.000 engraved figures from the 4th to the 1st millennium BC[4] With a length of 84 m and a width of 35 m, it is one of the largest engraved rocks in the Alpine range. Various themes like human figures, including “orants” or armed men, animals, geometrical shapes and cup-marks are incised on its surface.
  • Two castle ruins, at the "Dosso dei Castelli" (Castle Hill). The Castello Nuovo was built in the 14th century by the family of Visconti. The Castello Vecchio (o San Faustino) was constructed in the 11th century by the Bishops of Como.
  • In the historic center of Grosio is the church of San Giorgio (16th century). The single-nave church contains frescoes painted by Cipriano Valorsa, the so-called Raphael of Valtellina.
  • Parish church of San Giuseppe (17th century)
  • Villa Visconti-Venosta, the historic summer residence of the family Visconti-Venosta from about 1600 to 1982. When the marchioness Margherita Pallavicino Mossi, widow of Giovanni Visconti-Venosta died, she donated the villa to the comune of Grosio. Nowadays the library of the comune is situated in the basement areas. Since 2017 it is open again as a museum.

Twin towns edit

Grosio is twinned town with:

References edit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  3. ^ "official HP".
  4. ^ "Petroglyphs in Italian Alps Dated" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-07-10.