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Experience Domodossola

A ramble through history and everyday life

Natural beauty and cultural richness come together harmoniously in the Italian town of Domodossola. From its lively markets to its historical treasures, Domodossola offers a diverse range of experiences. Immerse yourself in the unmistakable flair of this northern Italian pearl.

The BLS RegioExpress takes you directly from Bern to Domodossola in 2h15. The journey takes you along the spectacular, almost 120-year-old Lötschberg mountain railway line. Enjoy the journey with views of the mountains of the Bernese Oberland and Valais.

Domodossola-Hit

Starting at CHF 29.00 to Domodossola and back

Travel comfortably with the BLS RegioExpress from Bern or Thun/Spiez to Domodossola and benefit from our special offer “Domodossola-Hit” with a discount of up to 50%.

The special ticket is valid from 2 April to 9 June 2024 and is only valid on the BLS RegioExpress via the mountain route.

Restrictions due to construction work between Bern and Thun from 27 April to 5 May 2024

Due to construction work on the train line between Bern and Thun, some RE1 connections will only run from/to Thun. The Domodossola Hit is therefore only available from Thun/Spiez on some days. Check the online timetable for the connections this week. 

If the article is blocked from Bern on the desired day, you can buy the Domodossola HIT from Thun/Spiez. In this case, buy a normal ticket to Thun, which is also valid on SBB trains with a connection to the RE1 in Thun.

Bern–Domodossola

  • CHF 68.00 Adults 2nd class
  • CHF 34.00 Half Fare Card / Child. 2nd class
  • CHF 98.00 Adults 1st class
  • CHF 49.00 Half Fare Card / Child. 1st class
PURCHASE

Thun / Spiez–Domodossola

  • CHF 58.00 Adults 2nd class
  • CHF 29.00 Half Fare Card / Child. 2nd class
  • CHF 88.00 Adults 1st class
  • CHF 44.00 Half Fare Card / Child. 1st class
PURCHASE
Important notes:
The ticket must be presented electronically or in printed form and is only valid with an official ID.

Market in Domodossola

A day at the market in Domodossola

A very special experience awaits you in this picturesque town in Italy: the lively and diverse market that regularly brings the narrow streets of the old town to life. Market days in Domodossola are not only an opportunity to buy fresh produce, but also an invitation to immerse yourself in the local culture. The stalls feature fresh fruit and vegetables from the region, fragrant herbs, handmade artworks and artistic hand-crafted products. A stroll through the market is like a journey through the culinary and artisanal treasures of the area.

Sacro Monte Calvario

Religious and cultural life in Domodossola

Towering high above the charming town is the impressive Sacro Monte Calvario, a place of great spiritual significance and cultural richness. The history of the Sacro Monte Calvario dates back to the 17th century, when construction of this impressive pilgrimage site began. The combination of spirituality and art attracted artists, architects and craftsmen from the region who contributed their talent to the design of the chapels. It is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and consists of an impressive sequence of 15 chapels and monumental statues depicting the Passion of Jesus Christ. These chapels, laid out along an idyllic path, take visitors on a symbolic journey through the stations of the Way of the Cross. Each chapel is a work of art in itself, with sculptures, paintings and reliefs that bring the scenes of Christ's passion to life.

Sights

Piazza Mercato

The Piazza Mercato in Domodossola is a lively market square that forms the heart of the city. This bustling marketplace is where the local community and visitors alike come together to experience fresh food, handmade products and a slice of authentic Italian culture. Along the piazza you will find a colourful selection of stalls offering a variety of goods. From fresh fruit and vegetables to fragrant herbs and regional cheeses and meats, there is a wealth of delicacies that reflect the gastronomic diversity of the region.

Palazzo San Francesco

The Palazzo San Francesco in Domodossola is an impressive historical building that embodies a rich past and cultural significance. This imposing palace, built in the 16th century, once served as a monastery. Today, Palazzo San Francesco houses a museum and offers an insight into the history, art and culture of the region. The building itself is an example of Renaissance architecture, with an elegant façade and magnificent interiors. You will have the opportunity to stroll through the historic rooms, admire works of art and learn more about the history of Palazzo San Francesco and its surroundings.

Collegiate Church of Santi Gervasio e Protasio

The Collegiate Church of Santi Gervasio e Protasio is an important religious building that embodies the history and spirituality of the city. This imposing church was built in Romanesque style in the 12th century and is a testament to medieval architecture and faith. The façade of the collegiate church is richly decorated and shows ornate details typical of the Romanesque era. Inside, visitors find an impressive atmosphere, characterised by high arches, vaults and impressive frescoes. The church also houses precious religious relics and works of art that emphasise its spiritual significance.

Palazzo Silva

This magnificent building was built in the 16th century and was once the seat of the noble Silva family. The façade of Palazzo Silva is an impressive work of art, richly decorated and reflecting the architectural skill of the time. Inside the palace, visitors can expect sumptuous rooms, elegant details and ornate decorations that capture the charm of bygone eras. Today, Palazzo Silva serves as a museum that offers visitors an insight into the history, art and culture of the region. The exhibitions inside display works of art, furniture, historical objects and other treasures that shed light on the history of the city and its inhabitants.

Castello di Mattarella

This medieval castle towers majestically over the city and offers an impressive view of the surrounding countryside. The Castello di Mattarella was built in the 13th century and has served various functions over the centuries, including defence, residence and today even cultural events. The castle has thick walls, towers and historical elements that emphasise its history and importance. You will have the opportunity to explore the Castello di Mattarella and discover the well-preserved rooms, towers and corridors. The view from the top of the castle offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Domodossola and the surrounding countryside.

How to get there

Travel comfortably and enjoy scenic views to the south with the RegioExpress Bern-Spiez-Kandersteg-Brig-Domodossola, taking the old Lötschberg mountain route. 

We recommend the following connections

Arrival

Mon–Sun 

Wed–Sun 

Bern dp 07.39 09.39
Münsingen dp  07.50 09.50
Thun dp  08.01 10.01
Spiez dp  08.12 10.12
Brig dp 09.22 11.22
Domodossola ar 09.54 11.54

Return

Mon–Sun 

Mon–Sun 

Domodossola dp 15.58 17.58
Brig dp 16.36  18.36
Spiez dp  17.50  
Thun dp  17.59
Münsingen dp 18.09  
Bern ar 18.21  

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