Alagna Valsesia

Situated at 1200 meters of altitude along the river Sesia, at the foot of the southern face of Monte Rosa, Alagna is the last village in Valsesia and it is situated in the protected area of the Alta Valsesia Natural Park, the highest in Europe.

Of ancient Walser origin, the population of Alagna arrived in Valsesia from Macugnaga around the XIII century and still nowadays the small village has maintained its ancient architecture and structural characteristics intact. The most meaningful testimony of this descendance is represented by the typical walser hamlets, which can be reached from the village centre by short walks on the mule paths, and by the Walser Museum.

Since ever Alagna has been a tourist resort of great interest for ramblers and mountaineers that come from all over the world and engage themselves both in the easier paths and in those which require more expertise: the alpine ascent to Capanna Regina Margherita (at 4554 meters of altitude), the highest refuge in Europe, is commonly done in the summer

As far as winter sports are concerned, Alagna is one of the most renowned centres: it belongs to the skiing resort "Monterosa Ski”, one of the biggest in Europe, and thanks to the several valleys and free slopes which unravels in the precious snow, Alagna has won the title of " Freeride Paradise”.

Hamlet Riva Valdobbia is the only village of the valley from which it is possible to enjoy the complete view of the Rosa group.

The Saint Michael Parish Church is a priceless masterpiece, proclaimed as a national monument. The inscription on its ollare stone portal dates its construction to the year 1326.The façade is totally dominated by the extraordinary "Judgement Day”, frescoed in 1597 by Melchiorre d’Enrico.In its interior there are several works dating back to the XV and the XVIII century; also the Chapel of the Rosary, with its eighteenth century wooden altar piece and a fifteenth century triptych of the Vercelli painting school,is noteworthy.

During winter the three to ten kilometres of the cross country ski track can be enjoyed by skiers of every level.

After the parish square, on the left towards Alagna, there is an uphill road which leads to Val Vogna, one of the wildest valleys of Valsesia. The mule tracks which starts from Saint Andrew was the ancient road towards the Aosta Valley.

Besides several walks starting from this point, in the hamlet of Rabernardo there is the Ethnographical Museum of Walser history and traditions, made of twelve rooms were the typical Walser house has been recreated.

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