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Campione D'Italia

Campione d'Italia
Comune di Campione d'Italia
Campione d'Italia in April 2006
Campione d'Italia in April 2006
Flag of Campione d'Italia
Flag
Coat of arms of Campione d'Italia
Coat of arms
Location of Campione d'Italia
Campione d'Italia is located in Italy
Campione d'Italia
Campione d'Italia
Location of Campione d'Italia in Italy
Campione d'Italia is located in Lombardy
Campione d'Italia
Campione d'Italia
Campione d'Italia (Lombardy)
Coordinates: 45°58?N 08°58?E / 45.967°N 8.967°E / 45.967; 8.967
CountryItaly
RegionLombardy
ProvinceComo
Founded77 BC
Government
 o MayorRoberto Salmoiraghi
Area
 o Total2.68 km2 (1.03 sq mi)
Elevation
273 m (896 ft)
Population
(30 April 2017)[3]
 o Total1,958
 o Density730/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Campionesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 o Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
I-22061
Patron saintSt. Zeno
Saint day12 April
WebsiteOfficial website

Campione d'Italia (Comasco: Campiùn, pronounced [kã'p(j)?:]) is a comune of the Province of Como in the Lombardy region of Italy and an exclave surrounded by the Swiss canton of Ticino. At its closest, the exclave is less than one kilometre (0.6 mi) from the rest of Italy, but the intervening mountainous terrain requires a journey by road of over 14 km (9 mi) to reach the nearest Italian town, Lanzo d'Intelvi, and over 28 km (17 mi) to reach the city of Como.

History

Map showing the location of the Campione enclave near the centre.

In the first century BC the Romans founded the garrison town of Campilonum to protect their territories from Helvetii invasions.[4]

In 777, Toto of Campione, a local Lombard lord, left his inheritance to the archbishopric of Milan. Ownership was transferred to the abbey of Sant'Ambrogio. In 1512, the surrounding area of Ticino was transferred from the ownership of the bishop of Como to Switzerland by Pope Julius II, as thanks for the support in the War of the Holy League. However, the abbey maintained control over what is now Campione d'Italia and some territory on the western bank of Lake Lugano.[4]

When Ticino chose to become part of the Swiss Confederation in 1798, the people of Campione chose to remain part of Lombardy.[5] In 1800, Ticino proposed exchanging Indemini for Campione. In 1814 a referendum was held, and the residents of Campione opposed it. In 1848, during the wars of Italian unification, Campione petitioned Switzerland for annexation.[] This was rejected due to the Swiss desire for neutrality.[4]

After Italian unification in 1861, all land west of Lake Lugano and half of the lake were given to Switzerland so that Swiss trade and transport would not have to pass through Italy. The d'Italia was added to the name of Campione in the 1930s by Italian dictator / Prime Minister Benito Mussolini and an ornamental gate to the city was built. This was to assert the exclave's Italian character.[4]

During World War II, the US Office of Strategic Services (OSS – the precursor to the CIA), partly through Berne OSS chief Allen Welsh Dulles, maintained a unit in Campione for operations in Italy.[6] At the time the Italian fascist regime did not have control over the exclave. The Swiss ignored the situation as long as the Americans kept a low profile. Postage stamps were issued during this period inscribed "Campione d'Italia" and valued in Swiss currency.[7]

Economy and administration

Piazza Indipendenza, border between Campione and Bissone, Switzerland.

Campione has had a considerable amount of economic and administrative integration with Switzerland, but against the wishes of its residents, it formally became part of the EU customs territory on 1 January 2020.[8] VAT will apply, but the tax rate will remain that of Switzerland (much lower than that of Italy). A border crossing will be established.[9]

Prior to that time, it was de facto in the customs territory of Switzerland, meaning most of the public services were carried out by Swiss providers, such as refuse collection, telecommunications, and vehicle registration.[10] The exclave enjoyed considerable tax breaks and was exempt from VAT. Campione d'Italia was one of four Italian cities issued a casino licence and took advantage of this by operating the Casinò di Campione, as gambling laws are less strict than in either Italy or Switzerland; also a legacy of the pre-World War II era. Although (as part of Italy) the euro is formally the only legal tender, in practice the main operating currency in the commune has been the Swiss franc,[11][12] but euros are widely accepted.[11] Salaries are paid in Swiss francs.[12]

Pursuant to bilateral agreements, Italians residing in Campione also benefit from many services and facilities located in Swiss territory, such as hospital care, that would otherwise be available only to Swiss residents.[13] People working in Campione but living in Switzerland have access to Swiss unemployment and other state help, which does not apply to those living within Campione city limits, which is legally Italy.[14]

Firefighters and ambulances are provided by the Swiss authorities.[15] However, security is provided by the Carabinieri (Italian military police) and the city also has a Polizia Locale group.[16]

Previously, mail could be sent to Campione using either a Swiss postal code (CH-6911) or an Italian one (I-22061) via Switzerland or Italy, but the Swiss postal code has ceased to be valid, with mail instead being charged at the same international rate as that between Switzerland and Italy.[17] Consequently, all mail is now processed and delivered by Poste Italiane, not Swiss Post.[18] The telephone system remains Swiss, meaning that calls from Italy and all other countries outside Switzerland require the international dialling code for Switzerland (+41, with the exception of the town hall, which can be reached using the code for Italy, +39.[19]

Similarly, motor vehicles, which used Ticino registration plates, were no longer allowed to do so, or to be insured in Switzerland.[20][21] Instead, they were required to be registered in Como.[22] However, electricity has always been supplied from Italy.[12]

Casinò di Campione

The Casinò di Campione was the oldest and largest casino in Europe.

The Casinò di Campione was the largest employer in the municipality up until its closure in 2018. The casino was founded in 1917, owned by the Italian government, and operated by the municipality. The income from the casino was sufficient for the operation of Campione without the imposition of taxes, or obtaining of other revenue.[6] It was Europe's largest casino.[23]

The casino was declared bankrupt on 27 July 2018 and is currently closed. The economic impact is a threat to the entire village, with everything from pizzeria owners and taxi drivers to the municipal fire department on the list of creditors. Locals fear that without the casino, the commune will become a ghost town.[14] Per the customs deal of 2020 Italy agreed to settle debts to Swiss creditors estimated at nearly EUR5 million.[9]

Education

Schools within the comune are the Scuola Materna G. Garibaldi, the Scuola Elementare, and the Scuola Media.[19]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Demo-Geodemo. - Maps, Population, Demography of ISTAT - Italian Institute of Statistics". demo.istat.it. ISTAT.
  4. ^ a b c d Jacobs, Frank (15 May 2012). "Enclave-Hunting in Switzerland". New York Times. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "La Repubblica cisalpine (1797 Giugno 29 - 1799 Aprile 26; 1800 Giugno 17 - 1802 Gennaio 26) - Istituzioni storiche - Lombardia Beni Culturali". www.lombardiabeniculturali.it (in Italian).
  6. ^ a b Frank Jacobs (15 May 2012). "Enclave-Hunting in Switzerland". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "Campione d'Italia". swiss-stamps.us. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ European Sources Online Directive (EU) 2019/475 amending Directives 2006/112/EC and 2008/118/EC as regards the inclusion of the Italian municipality of Campione d'Italia and the Italian waters of Lake Lugano in the customs territory of the Union
  9. ^ a b Tiny Italian enclave in Switzerland transferred back to Italy and the EU's customs union, Euronews, 3 January 2020
  10. ^ A tiny Italian exclave unwillingly joins the EU's customs union, The Economist, 2 January 2020
  11. ^ a b "Campione d'Italia, un paradiso italiano nel cuore del Canton Ticino" (in Italian). Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ a b c "Campione d'Italia, piccola bomboniera italiana nel cuore della Svizzera" (in Italian). Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ "Rapporti tra il Cantone Ticino e il Comune di Campione d'Italia (Relations between Canton Ticino and Campione d'Italia) (Italian)". Retrieved 2008.
  14. ^ a b Vogt, Andrea (27 January 2019). "Closure of Europe's oldest casino leaves Italy's historic Como exclave in crisis". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "Servizi Emergenze (Services, emergencies) (Italian)". Retrieved 2012.
  16. ^ Campione d'Italia: il Generale Maruccia in visita al nucleo Carabinieri di Campione d'Italia, Comozero, 8 February 2019
  17. ^ Campione d'Italia entra nello spazio doganale europeo, Swiss Post, 31 December 2019
  18. ^ IT and CH - Customs territory of Campione d'Italia, Asendia, 23 December 2019
  19. ^ a b Numeri Utili." (Archive) Campione d'Italia. Retrieved on 14 November 2013.
  20. ^ Campione, niente targhe svizzere dal 1° gennaio, La Regione, 29 September 2019
  21. ^ Swiss Talk of Annexing Italy's Former CIA Spy Nest Roils Rome, Bloomberg, October 15, 2019
  22. ^ Altra beffa per Campione d'Italia, chiude l'ufficio postale svizzero: una conseguenza dell'ingresso nell'area Ue, Corriere di Como, 18 November 2019
  23. ^ "Losing streak". The Economist. 21 September 2013. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 2018.

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Coordinates: 45°58?N 8°58?E / 45.967°N 8.967°E / 45.967; 8.967


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