Comune di Formazza

Mountains in Formazza

Location of Formazza in Italy

Coordinates: 46°23′N 8°26′E / 46.383°N 8.433°E / 46.383; 8.433Coordinates: 46°23′N 8°26′E / 46.383°N 8.433°E / 46.383; 8.433
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province / Metropolitan city Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola (VB)
Frazioni Foppiano, Antillone, Fondovalle, Chiesa, Valdo, San Michele, Ponte, Brendo, Grovella, Canza, Sotto Frua, La Frua, Riale
  Total 131.8 km2 (50.9 sq mi)
Elevation 1,280 m (4,200 ft)
Population (Dec. 2004)
  Total 443
  Density 3.4/km2 (8.7/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Formazzini
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 28030
Dialing code 0324
Website Official website

Formazza (Walliser German: Pomatt, Piedmontese: Formassa) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 160 kilometres (99 mi) northeast of Turin and about 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of Verbania, on the border with Switzerland. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 443 and an area of 131.8 square kilometres (50.9 sq mi).[1]

The municipality of Formazza contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Foppiano, Antillone, Fondovalle, Chiesa, Valdo, San Michele, Ponte, Brendo, Grovella, Canza, Sotto Frua, La Frua, and Riale.

Formazza borders the following municipalities: Baceno, Bedretto (Switzerland), Bignasco (Switzerland), Binn (Switzerland), Bosco/Gurin (Switzerland), Cavergno (Switzerland), Premia, Reckingen-Gluringen (Switzerland), Ulrichen (Switzerland).

The village was founded by Walser and Walser German is still spoken.

Geography and climate

The village is situated about an elevation of 1200 m above sea level on the Formazza plateau in Formazza valley. Its altitude and location directly under the high mountains of the western Alps influences the climate. In fact, there is an average of more than one meter and thirty centimeters of precipitation per year (especially snow). The climate is the type Dfb/Dfc (Köppen climate classification), which means it is a humid continental climate with fresh and short summers (but usually there is no dry season). The annual average temperature is about 4 °C and usually the coldest month (January) has a daily mean temperature of about -4 °C. The lowest values can reach about -20 °C. The hottest month (July) has an average temperature of about 13 °C and the summer lasts less than three months.

Demographic evolution

Notable people


  1. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
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