Ecomuseum of the Lower Sesia Valley

Ecomuseum of the Lower Sesia Valley

The lower part of the Sesia valley was a land for farming, which can be seen by the terraces for fruit trees, the press for producing walnut oil, the "taragn" (thatched buildings). But it was also the birthplace of great artists: Gaudenzio Ferrari, Lorenzo Peracino and Giuseppe Mazzola, whose works can be seen in many chapels and churches in the area.

Valduggia is the village where the great Gaudenzio Ferrari was born, who frescoed the chapel of San Rocco. Since the 1500s, Valduggia has been a centre for the production of bronze bells manufactured with small additions of gold or silver. Inside the sixteenth-century "Spain House" there is a museum of the bell and the valve. In Zuccaro stands the parish church with its fresco by Luini, and the chapel of Saint Bernard, which houses the works of Peracino. On festival days, the local inhabitants usually light the ovens to make the typical sweet "figacina", the recipe for which is shrouded in mystery. In Sorzano, the last "taragn" can be seen: ancient constructions thatched with rye straw, built with dry-stone walls and beaten-earth floors.

The hamlets which make up Cellio are the home of great artistic treasures, in chapels, churches and oratories: to name a few, St. Mathew's church in Cellio, the Church of the Golden Madonna at Allera, the oratory of Saint Jacu Pitu at Bosco (where Peracino was born), St. Peter's church at Mascherana, St. Anthony's church at Cereto, St. Mark's church at Cosco, St. Anne's church at Agua, the oratory of Mary Help of Christians at Tairano, the oratory of the Madonna with the hen at Valmonfredo and St. Gotthard's church. In the village square, there is a small museum which can be visited giving advance notice (Tel. +39 0163 49121) which collects all the testimonies of some occupations that have disappeared, like that of master coopers or "mulita.The Benvenuto mill houses all the equipment necessary for threshing and processing fodder grain and wheat, whilst at the Medana mill, typical stone fountains can still be seen.

In the hamlet of Agarla there is still the press which, up until a few years ago, was used for pressing walnuts, apples and grapes.

For information:

Unione Montana Valsesia - Ph. 0039.0163 51555