Fobello ( Piedmontese Fobel or Fobeli ) is a municipality with 208 inhabitants (as at 31 December 2012) in the Italian province of Vercelli (VC ), Region Piedmont.


The town is located 80 km from the provincial capital of Vercelli in Valsesia at an average altitude of 873 m above sea level. The municipality, which covers an area of ​​29.32 km ², extends from approximately 800 to 1330 m ( district Baghera ). The neighboring municipalities are Bannio Anzino, Carcoforo, Cervatto, Cravagliana, Rimasco, Rimella and Rossa.


The origin of the town goes back to the first half of the 14th century, when the shepherds living in the area were sedentary. According to an old legend, the name originates Fobello, in the local dialect Fubell or Fo Bel, by the mighty Book (Italian: faggio ) that are found in this area. The entire region was inhabited during the Middle Ages by the Walser people who have left their traces in the local dialect and by typical buildings.


In the village there are a few houses from the 17th and 18th century with richly painted facades. Further interesting is the parish church of San Giuseppe and the chapel of San Bernardo.

Sons and daughters of the town

Fobello is the birthplace of Vincenzo Lancia, one of the founder of the automobile manufacturer Lancia.