Macugnaga (Walser German: Z'Makana) is a mountain village at 1,327 metres (4,354 ft) elevation, in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, in the north of the Piedmont region of Italy.

Comune di Macugnaga
Macugnaga Borca.jpg
Location of Macugnaga
Macugnaga is located in Italy
Location of Macugnaga in Italy
Macugnaga is located in Piedmont
Macugnaga (Piedmont)
Coordinates: 45°58′N 7°58′E / 45.967°N 7.967°E / 45.967; 7.967Coordinates: 45°58′N 7°58′E / 45.967°N 7.967°E / 45.967; 7.967
ProvinceVerbano-Cusio-Ossola (VB)
FrazioniBorca, Motta, Pecetto, Pestarena, Quarazza, Stabioli, Staffa (municipal seat)
 • MayorStefano Corsi
 • Total99.57 km2 (38.44 sq mi)
1,327 m (4,354 ft)
 (30 September 2017)[3]
 • Total554
 • Density5.6/km2 (14/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0324
Patron saintAssumption of Mary
Saint day15 August
WebsiteOfficial website
Valle Anzasca

It is located at the base of Monte Rosa (4,638 metres (15,217 ft)), the second-tallest mountain in western Europe, along Valle Anzasca, one of the seven valleys around the mount.

Sights in the town include the Chiesa Vecchia and its linden also of the 13th century, the Chiesa Nuova built in 1707, the 17th century Casa Pala. The town also houses a museum of mountaineering, while in the hamlet of Borca is the Walser Museum, devoted to the local German population who colonised the valley during the Middle Ages coming from the Swiss canton Wallis.

The parish church.

The area gives many opportunities for skiing in winter (a cableway brings from the central square of the town to the 3000 m (9800 ft) of the Passo del Monte Moro on the border with Switzerland), and hiking and mountaineering in summer. There are a swimming pool, a tennis centre, and a football field for sport activities.

The village is also known for its mine (Miniera della Guia).


The territory is characterised by numerous rivers, some of which are Horlovono, Pedriola, Tambach, Testa / Tieschtbach, Quarazza / Kratz and Val Rossa, all of them coming from Anza / Vispu. This last one is born from the union between the Belvedere Glacier. A lot of small lakes can be found around the village, as well as a dam, known as 'the lake of fairies'.

Twin citiesEdit


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)

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