Exploring Trino among art, nature and tradition
Typology: Art and culture
Length: 1 day
Little less than 20 km from Vercelli is Trino, a small town boasting a long history. Evidence of human presence in this area can be dated back to Lower Paleolithic and continued with mixed fortune from the entire period from late antiquity to modern age. Trino offers many artistic and architectural monuments such as Palazzo Palaeologus (dating back to 1152), which has decorative elements of Moorish character unique in Piedmont and the church of Santa Caterina, a building from the Gothic period. Also worthy of a visit is the church of San Bartolomeo with its medieval foundation in addition to the church of San Lorenzo which was built in the Baroque period; both preserve works by the painter, Pier Francesco Guala. Finally, do not forget about the "G.A. Irico" Civic Museum, located in the center of town where it is possible to trace the entire history of Trino with its local artifacts and artistic works testifying the life of the city.
From Trino you then have the opportunity of venturing, by car or bicycle, into the territory of the "Grange" for an experience that combines art, history, good food, and tourism in the midst of nature. The "system of grange", or better yet independent farms managed by lay brothers of the monastery, was introduced in these areas by the Cistercian monks.
The hub of this system was the Abbey of Lucedio. A little more than a 10-min drive from Trino, the Abbey was founded in 1123 and in part has retained its original appearance while the Romanesque church has been heavily remodeled over time, except for the elegant bell tower which dominates the surrounding plain. Continuing along the same road, after having passed the Darola Estate (a beautiful example of a double farmhouse courtyard which has been preserved to present day), you will return to the main road. Turn left and after a very brief moment you'll reach the Colombara Estate, another major center for the cultivation of rice in these granges. Today, it is one of the cornerstones of organic farming. Here, you can visit the "La Risaia” Museum, which once tells the story of the mondine (rice weeders), their daily life, and all their hard work in the fields by recreating the setting of the past.
Finally, do not miss a stop at the Bosco delle Sorti della Partecipanza Natural Park located at the entrance of Lucedio. This forest of ancient origin is today a very important historical and ecological reserve as there are now so few in existence. Walking amongst the paths of the park, you will have an opportunity of completely immersing yourself in nature and admiring its flora and fauna.