A stroll around Vercelli

A stroll around Vercelli

TypologyItineraries in town

Difficult:easy

Outings on foot

Period advised: all year

The first visit is dedicated to the city's landmark, the Basilica of S. Andrea. Built between 1219 and 1227, it is a fine example of the fusion between the Lombard – Emilian Romanesque style and Gothic architecture of north of the Alps. The basilica houses one of the most beautiful chapter houses of Italy, and a cloister with rectangular frames floors and paint of the beginning of '500.In front of the Basilica there is the Salone Dugentesco, a former hospital of the Pilgrims founded in 1224. Continuing along Via Galileo Ferraris, housed in the church of San Marco, the exhibition ARCA hosts cultural events and exhibits of high level. On the opposite side of the square is the church of San Bernardo, site of the diocesan shrine of Maria Salute degli Infermi, an important center of devotion. Continuing the route we reach the church of S. Paolo, which houses two paintings by Lanino, the Church of St. Cristoforo, which boasts splendid masterpieces of Gaudenzio Ferrari, and the church of San Lorenzo, one of the oldest parishes in Vercelli.From here, passing via Crispi, is reachable Piazza Cavour, heart of the city. Dominated by the mighty Torre dell’Angelo, is characterized by arcades with pointed arches of the medieval era. A few steps from Piazza Cavour is the old Broletto original seat of the Municipality from 1200 to 1800. Continuing along Via Foa meets the Synagogue, the first in Italy to be built in a separate building, erected between 1875 and 1878. Continuing along the way there is the church of San Giuliano, enriched by a work of Lanino, and Centori's House, famous for its elegant courtyard. Turning left you will see the Borgogna Museum, second gallery of Piedmont. In addition to the rich collection of paintings, furniture and art’s objets , houses the paintings of Renaissance painting of Vercelli collection since the nineteenth century by the Institute of Belle Arti. Next to the museum is the Gothic church St. Agnese in St. Francesco. Through S. Francesco’s Square is reached the Castello Visconteo, quadrangular, built starting 1290 and became Savoy residence, today seat of the Court. Along Via Carducci, turn right into Via Verdi to visit the Leone Museum. Housed in the Renaissance House Alciati exhibits finds of the Paleolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age and Iron Age and a Roman room which houses the oldest representations of the history of Vercelli. At the end of Via Verdi you will come across in the Teatro Civico, built in 1812-14 and site of important events. Walking along Via Monte di Pietà you reach Piazza D'Angennes, where there are the Palazzo Arcivescovile and the Museum of Tesoro del duomo, the Cathedral of s. Eusebio, and the Seminario Arcivescovile. The Palazzo Arcivescovile, a Renaissance building of great historical value, houses in the ground floor the Museum ofl Tesoro del Duomo, which contains precious relics, works of gold, liturgical furnishings and the "Vercelli Book ', the famous code written on parchment in the old English language dating from the tenth century . The Cathedral has an impressive Baroque façade was built as a cemetery basilica from the fifth century, then rebuilt in 1570. The Seminario Arcivescovile was founded in 1572. The oldest part was designed by Filippo Juvarra. Here the seat of the Diocesan and Agnesian Library.

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