Varallo is situated at the beginning of Valgrande, in a vast dip dominated by the Sacro Monte, and is the historic and cultural capital of Valsesia.

The city is a sixteenth century urban centre and interesting monuments which are worth a visit in addition to the Sacro Monte, which is generally well known.

The Minister of Saint Gaudenzio stands in the centre of the city on the central Piazza Vittorio Emanuele: inside it has several paintings and frescoes by artists of Valsesia, amongst which Gaudenzio Ferrari, of which it is possible to admire a polyptych.

Inside the Church of Saint Marco, which has Romanic origins, there are frescoes of the school of Gaudenzio. On the way to the crossroads to Civiasco there is the Chapel of the Madonna of Loreto. It is small but precious and harmonic and was built in the 1400. Here it is possible to admire worksof Gaudenzio Ferrari which seem to anticipate the atmosphere of the Sacro Monte.

Along the narrow roads of the historic centre and the old quartersit is possible to reach the Palazzo dei Musei which hosts both the Picture Gallery, with works by Gaudenzio Ferrari, Tanzio da Varallo and local artists of the XIX-XX century, and the "Pietro Calderini” Natural History Museum. In Piazza San Carlo, near to the Palazzo dei Musei, you can visit the Casa-Museo Cesare Scaglia, whilst in hamlet Camasco there is the "Comola” Museum.

In Via Ferrari there is the starting station of the cable railway of the Sacro Monte and the fourteenth century Church of Saint Mary of Mercy which has the grand "wall of Gaudenzio” a cycle of 21 frescoes which depict the life and the passion of Christ, done by the artist in 1513.

In Via Umberto I you can find the Craftsman workshop where it is possible to admire and buy the products of the artists of Valsesia such as "scapin”, "puncetti” (N.d.t. embroidery works) and various wooden products, marble or ollare stone products.

Recently opened  the Ferrata Falconera with two paths: the Ferrata del Partusacc, an initialization path suitable for everyone, and the Ferrata del Falconera, challenging experience on a high level and difficult path.


Sabbia is the first village which you meet in the direction of Valmastallone.

The main nucleus of the village lies on a steep slope outlined with oaks and chestnut trees and crossed by the Saccora canal, whilst there are numerous sparse hamlets.

The Church parish of Saint John was built after the whole village was devastated in 1666 by an awful fire. The Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Embers was built in celebration of a miracle in which the Virgin intervened, called on by two maidens to put out the fire which they caused with some burning embers.


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