The Nigoglia is a short Italian river whose source is at the northern end of Lago d’Orta, of which it is the sole outflow. Its course of less than 2 kilometres passes in a northerly direction through the town of Omegna and into the Strona.

The Nigoglia at Omegna
Physical characteristics
 • locationLago d’Orta
 • elevation295 m (968 ft)
 • coordinates
45°53′01″N 8°24′38″E / 45.8835°N 8.4105°E / 45.8835; 8.4105Coordinates: 45°53′01″N 8°24′38″E / 45.8835°N 8.4105°E / 45.8835; 8.4105
Lengthless than 2 km (1.2 mi)
Basin features
ProgressionStronaToceLake MaggioreTicinoPoAdriatic Sea

As a rule, the outflows of Italy's major subalpine lakes run in a southerly direction, down to the plains of the Po valley. The Nigoglia is the exception, seeming to run ‘upwards’ towards the high Alps. This peculiarity gave rise to the motto in the local dialect which is posted on the Omegna town hall, and which is quoted at the end of Gianni Rodari’s children's story C'era due volte il barone Lamberto:

La Nigoeuja la va in su; e la legg la fèm nϋ!
(‘The Nigoglia runs upwards, and we make our own laws!’)


This original version of this article included text translated from its counterpart in the Italian Wikipedia.