The artists’ Valley
A thousand opportunities for walks surrounded by nature in full relaxation
The Vigezzo Valley, the only one of the seven Ossola valleys that extends from west to east, is located on a plateau of the Lepontine Alps at an average altitude of 800 meters above sea level. Lush greenery, forests, meadows, and alpine lakes offer a thousand opportunities for walks surrounded by nature in full relaxation.
The Vigezzo Valley, with its seven municipalities, is known as the “Artists’ Valley” for its ancient tradition of artists, portrait painters, and landscape painters.
Santa Maria Maggiore is the beating heart of the Valley, a delightful village particularly appreciated for its gentle plateau surrounded by vast expanses of conifers. The Rossetti Valentini School of Fine Arts is located here and the Chimney Sweep Museum that tells the story of the young Vigezzo inhabitants who left home and family to go out in the world in search of fortune, carrying out a difficult job. Craveggia is another charming place, a small village of peasant origin that turned into a real open-air museum, with elegant houses, picturesque fireplaces, decorations, and wall frescoes. And then Re, the devotional heart of the Valley with its majestic Sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna del Sangue. From Malesco you can reach the Loana Valley, the gateway to the Val Grande National Park, the largest wilderness area in Europe. At the same time, in Druogno the terraced fields of Coimo are particularly fascinating. Villette, which also houses a museum of alpine culture, is the village of sundials. These solar clocks marked the time for the entire community.
In winter, the Valley offers many opportunities for skiing enthusiasts thanks to various cross-country and downhill runs. Throughout the year, it is also possible to cross it on board the characteristic Vigezzina-Centovalli train: this is a railway line that, starting from Domodossola, crosses the Vigezzo Valley and the Centovalli to reach Locarno, in Switzerland. A fascinating journey on board a panoramic train to admire a mountain landscape gives lasting impressions in every season.
- Altitude difference: 800 meters above sea level – 2,000 meters above sea level
- Verbano Cusio Ossola Province (Piedmont)
- Ski resorts: Piana di Vigezzo in Craveggia (downhill), Baitina di Druogno (downhill), and Centro Fondo Vigezzo (cross-country)
Craveggia, Druogno, Malesco, Re, Santa Maria Maggiore, Toceno, Villette