Giornico

A beautiful village in the Leventina, which has always been a crossing stopover for travelers and pilgrims due to its strategic location at the foot of Biaschina gorges.

The well known battle called of the "Sassi Grossi" took place here, and  on 28 December 1478 saw the victory of the Swiss Confederation on the Sforza army, after which the entire Val Leventina came under the Swiss domination.

There are many beautiful monuments to visit. Of particular importance is the St. Nicholas Church, a Benedictine church of the twelfth century (1168), the oldest Romanesque church of Leventina. The church keeps valuable frescoes by Nicolao da Seregno.

Another characteristic place of Giornico is the Casa Stanga, wich houses the Museo di Leventina. On its facade you can see frescoes by Caresano and Tarilli (end of 1500) representing the crest of the guests of honor of the then "Locanda Stanga".

Typical objects of rural life and business are exposed inside the museum, especially related to breeding and production of dairy products. Apart from these you can also admire religious objects and traditional costumes and furniture of the valley, as well as various everyday objects that tell the everyday life of the time.
For more information: museodileventina.ch
Free admission to the Swiss Museum Pass

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