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Piazza Communale in Poschiavo, Switzerland
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Poschiavo is a municipality in Bernina district, in the canton of Graubünden, in eastern Switzerland. Located 1,014 m (3,324 ft) above sea level, it spans over 191 sq km (73.75 sq mi) and has a population of 3,500 people (2012 estimate).

Casa Torre, Poschiavo
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The earlist mention of Poschiavo is said to be made in AD 824, where it was stated as in Postclave. However historians base this on a copy of the original document reproduced later. The name evolved to de Pusclauio in 1140 and continued to evolve under different languages, to arrive at Poschiavo.

The main occupation in Posciavo is farming. About 20% of the land is used for this purpose while another 32% remains forested. Close to half the land is non productive, being in the form of mountains and glaciers.

Most of the people in Poschiavo are Roman Catholics (86%) while only 9% belong to the Swiss Reformed Church. Italian is the predominant language here, spoken by 92% of the population.

Pass da Canfinal near Poschiavo
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Visiting Poschiavo

The nearest major town to Poschiavo is St Moritz. From there, take Route 27 heading east till it joins Route 29. Follow Route 29 in a southeast direction to reach Poschiavo. It is within a part of Switzerland that is surrounded on three sides by Italy.

Sights & Attractions in Poschiavo

  1. Casa Torre
  2. Palazzo Albricci
  3. Piazza Communale
  4. Spaniolenviertel (Spanish Quarter)

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