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How to get

By car: the A26 motorway continues as the Simplon dual carriageway. Take this road and follow the signs for Val Vigezzo, then Trontano-Druogno-Santa Maria Maggiore-Toceno.
By train: the nearest railway station is at Santa Maria Maggiore, 2 km from Toceno. Take the Vigezzina train from Domodossola.


Lying at the foot of the Piana di Vigezzo at an altitude of 907 m. a.s.l., Toceno is a well-known tourist centre in the so-called “Valley of the Painters”.

Like the other villages in the valley, Toceno was once a Roman settlement, evidence of which is provided by the tombs containing grave goods which have been found in the area.

The village is distinctive and decidedly picturesque; the houses huddle close together, barely separated by cobbled lanes and ornamented with small wrought-iron balconies. Fountains, wayside shrines and little squares add interest, and pride of place goes to the old Tomà oven, recently restored, bearing the coats of arms of the Ciolina and the Thoma families, the oldest in Toceno. It is no coincidence that the traditional Bread Festival is held here in the second half of June.

Religious architecture is represented by the 16th century oratory of St Anthony of Padua, decorated inside with superb frescoes by Giovanni Battista da Legnano, and the Parish Church, whose late 18th century high altar, entirely built of marble, was marvellously frescoed by Lorenzo Peretti.

Apart from its architectural interest, Toceno is an excellent departure point for hikers wanting to explore the mountains of the Val Grande.

More details

Town Council of Toceno
Tel. +39 0324 98035

Vigezzina Railway
Tel. +39 0324 242055