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  • Relais San Rocco Valsesia

    This elegant 19th-century residence surrounded by baitas (chalets) in an 17th-century village has been restored to its former splendor and is now a very comfortable 4-star hotel. Frescoes and antique furniture provide an intriguing contrast to contemporary...

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The Valsesia, "Italy's greenest valley" extends to the feet of Monte Rosa and, in winter fully satisfies the expectations of snow-lovers: there is only the embarrassment of the choice, from the skiing structure of Alagna Valsesia, a free-riding paradise, that is a part of the Monterosaski skiing district, to the new structure of the Mera's Alpe, can be reached by the chair lift in Scopello. Even cross-country skiers can choose among several opportunities: the run located near Scopello, the ring-like run of more than ten kilometres between Riva Valdobbia and Alagna and the accredited course for national competitions in Carcoforo.
And this isn't everything: the Valsesia offers enchanting scenery for excursions and hiking in a unique environment, in which the old traditions of the valley dwellers has been handed down in perfect harmony with the nature. Among the more captivating routes: the climb to the Regina Margherita Refuge, the highest in Europe at 4552 m , or take a walk into the Walser hamlets of Valgrande, Val Sermenza and Val Mastallone.
Extensive emotions even for art and culture lovers alike, it is possible to visit San Gaudenzio's Colleghiate Church, the Palace of the Museums with its rich Pinacoteca (art gallery), the Calderini Museum of Natural Science, Cesare Scaglia museum and the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church with the frescoes of the life and Passions of Christ, created by Gaudenzio Ferrari. With the modern cable railway, it is possible to reach Varallo's Sacro Monte, UNESCO property, the oldest in Northern Italy . It is made up of fifty chapels, which represent the Passions and death of Christ with painting and life-like statues, created by great artists such as Gaudenzio Ferrari and Tanzio of Varallo.
Numerous are the museums scattered throughout the entire valley, guarding important testimonies of the local culture: among which, the "Della Vedova" gallery of plaster casts in Rima, the permanent puncetto (local type of lace work made of tiny little knots) exhibit in Fobello, the Museum of Sacred Art in Campertogno and the Walser Museum in Alagna.

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