Centovalli is in the Locarno district, and it is a municipality located in the Ticino canton in Switzerland. The municipalities of Palagnedra, Intragna, and Borgnone were combined into the Centovalli municipality.
Centovalli has a total area of about 20 square miles. Out of this area, less than one square mile (or 4%) is put to use for agriculture, while 15 square miles (or 77%) is covered in forest. Out of the remainder of the land, less than half of a square mile (or 2%) is settled (roads or buildings), less than half of a square mile (or 2%) is either lakes or rives and about three square miles (or 14%) is unproductive land.
Out of the area that is built up, buildings and housing make up about 1% and infrastructure for transportation makes up about half of a percent. Out of the land that is covered in forest, 70% of the whole land area is covered in heavy forest and 4% is covered with little clusters of trees and orchards. Out of the land that is put to use for agriculture, roughly 3% is used for crops and 1% is used for pastures. Out of the water in the area, less than one percent is in lakes and close to 2% is in streams and rivers. Out of the non-productive area, about 7% is unproductive vegetation and about 7% is too rocky to grow anything.
Swiss Heritage Sites of National Significance
The Parish Church of Saint Michele is listed as a Swiss site of national significance. The villages of Rasa, Palagnedra, Lionza, Intragna, Costa, Borgnone, and Bordei are all listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance.
The municipality has a population of about 1,200 people.
When it was measured in 2008, the gender distribution of the people living there was 45% male and 55% female. Most of the people speak Italian, and some speak German and French as well.
Centovalli is actually situated in the Cenotvalli, which is a valley that was carved out by the Melezza river and which supposedly has one hundred valleys that adjoin it. That is where the name comes from.
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