FOR SPORTS LOVERS:
Valsesia, “the greenest valley of Italy”, starts in Romagnano-Gattinara and, following along the Sesia river, it gets to the famous mountain called Monte Rosa.
Snow has always been the main ingredient for the success of the winter season in Valsesia. The Valsesia can satisfy all kind of snow lovers thanks to the lift facilities of Alagna Valsesia, the Freeride Paradise, that are part of the Monterosa-ski resort, and to the smaller Alpe di Mera in Scopello.
Valsesia offers all kinds of snow: for downhill skiing, freeriding, snowboarding and cross-country skiing in Riva Valdobbia, Scopello and Carcoforo. It also has easy snow with ski schools for beginners.
The numerous, enchanting waterfalls that flow in the River Sesia and its tributaries during the year are transformed into surprising columns of ice in the winter. It’s the ideal delight for the more adventurous sports enthusiasts, who can’t resist the temptation to try out an extreme and gripping experience: the challenge of climbing them.
Winter walks on snowshoes are the most discreet way to experience the serenity of being in close contact with nature.
In summer, Valsesia offers wonderful landscapes for excursions and trekkings in untouched nature and among the old Walser mountain villages.
If you’re someone who is always looking for new challenges, don’t cant miss the hike to the Regina Margherita Hut, the highest in Europe at 4552 mt a.s.l.
The territory has unparalleled richness due to the co-existence of the natural environment with the artistic and architectonic heritage. Through the Parks and Reserves in this area, all visitors can have a priceless and enchanting experience.
Climbing, paragliding, mountain biking, horse back riding…everyone can choose a favorite activity.
Among all, the Sesia river is the most generous. It ignites the passion of all the river sports lovers: the overwhelming passion for canoeing, kayaking, rafting and hydro-speeding acts as a push to challenges closer in contact with the live water; the historical passion for fly fishing, characteristic of these banks, handed down by generations respecting the tradition.
Many visitors and residents alike feel deep passion for the uncontaminated nature of the Sesia and its valley comes from the clear waters, evocative sights and scenes of majestic beauty. Come and experience it for yourself!
FOR ARTS AND CULTURE LOVERS:
While this area isn’t part of the usual circuits of the big cities of art, in Valsesia it is surprisingly easy to come across great masterpieces of international acclaim and singular evidence of the past—perhaps not quite so famous, but full of great expressive strength and rich in history.
Such as the monumental complex of the Sacred Mount of Varallo, part of the international heritage protected by UNESCO. The Sacred Mount can be reached on foot, climbing for twenty minutes along a path which starts in the centre of Varallo and ideally represents Jesus climb to Calvary.
Traveling by car, the road leaves Crosa di Varallo and there is also a cable car, which was reopened in 2003, after renovation work. Don’t miss the Saint Gaudenzio Collegiate, the P.Calderini Natural History Museum, the Scaglia Museum and the picture gallery, all in Varallo.
Step back in time to discover the farming rhythms and traditions of the ancient Walser people, descriptively detailed in the Walser Museum of Alagna Valsesia, in the Ethnographic Museum of Riva Valdobbia end in the ecomuseums established to promote the territory as a whole by protecting the historical memory and the expression of material culture, emphasizing the way in which human activities have characterized the formation and evolution of the landscape.
For this reason the ecomuseum is something more than a sequence of rooms to walk through and admire works of art, rare minerals or antique weapons: it is the most authentic and effective way to tell the life, customs and society of a people and the link between man and his territory.
FOR GOOD FOOD AND WINES LOVERS:
The province of Vercelli has a particular feature that makes it even more delightfully enjoyable for the visitor. Indeed, in just a few kilometres it presents three kinds of landscape: the mountains of Valsesia, reigned over by Monte Rosa; the hills that stretch between Gattinara, Roasio, Lozzolo and Serravalle Sesia and the area around Moncrivello, towards Torino ; that of the plain, dominated by the paddy fields. Three landscapes that are the result of mans precise way of living the territory, inevitably conditioned by climatic, morphological and territorial aspects, with greater regard to the altitude than to the actual soil morphology.
All these factors strongly influenced the type of diet and, consequently, the dishes which were habitually prepared: simple but very tasty and filling meals, made using the produce of the land and anything caught when out hunting, fishing or walking through the woods.
The flavours were all simple but evident and genuine, reflecting the ancient farming tradition.
The hilly area of the Vercelli province is not very extensive yet it produces wines, which are considered among the best in Italy for their quality, delicacy, and harmony. They are DOC and DOCG wines with an intense scent and with a balanced and velvety flavour that have often obtained the highest international recognition. Among all, the famous Gattinara and Bramaterra.