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Tirano (Lombard: Tiràn, German: Thiran) is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. It has 9,053 inhabitants (2016) and is adjacent to the Switzerland-Italy boundary. The river Adda flows through the town.

Città di Tirano
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Tirano within the Province of Sondrio
Tirano within the Province of Sondrio
Tirano is located in Italy
Location of Tirano in Italy
Coordinates: 46°12′59″N 10°10′08″E / 46.21639°N 10.16889°E / 46.21639; 10.16889Coordinates: 46°12′59″N 10°10′08″E / 46.21639°N 10.16889°E / 46.21639; 10.16889
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Province of Sondrio (SO)
Frazioni Baruffini, Cologna, Madonna di Tirano, Roncaiola
 • Mayor Franco Spada
 • Total 32 km2 (12 sq mi)
Elevation 441 m (1,447 ft)
Population (31 August 2016)
 • Total 9,053
 • Density 280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Tiranesi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 23037
Dialing code 0342
Patron saint Martin of Tours
Saint day 11 November
Website Official website
Postcard of Palazzo Salis (now Sertoli-Salis) from 1911.


Main sightsEdit

Located nearby is the Catholic shrine of the Madonna di Tirano, a major tourist attraction. The shrine is dedicated to the appearance of the Blessed Mother to Mario Degli Omodei on September 29, 1504, an event religious pilgrims credit with ending a pestilence.

The Museo Etnografico Tiranese (MET) is an ethnographic museum and located nearby the Basilica Madonna di Tirano in an 18th-century Palazzo, the Casa del Penitenziere (Penitent's House).

The museum of Palazzo Salis in the old town of Tirano is an example of the use of trompe l'oeil to create the illusion of architectural features.[1]


Tirano has two neighboring railway stations. One, a standard gauge station, is operated by Trenitalia, the state railway company, and is terminus of the Tirano–Lecco railway.

The other, a metre gauge station, is operated by the Rhaetian Railway (RhB). The line of the Bernina Railway connects St. Moritz (Canton of Graubünden/Switzerland) with Tirano. The complete line was opened in 1910. In 2008 the Bernina Railway as well as the Albula Railway were recorded from UNESCO in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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External linksEdit

  Media related to Tirano at Wikimedia Commons