Rimella – San Giorgio

Rimella – San Giorgio

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Departure (m): 1182

Arrival (m): 1420

Difference in altitude (m): 238

Time required: Rimella/Alpe Selletta 1h, Alpe Selletta/San Giorgio e San Gottardo 30m; total: 1h30m

Difficulty: easy

Outings on foot

Period advised: from spring to autumn

Period advised: Rifugio dei Walser

Signpost: 548 and trail not marked by the CAI

Itinerary: A fascinating route which runs through the most historical area of the Walser settlements in Valsesia. It leaves from the square by the parish church and climbs towards Prati, where the oratory of San Nicolao can be admired, and continues along the old mule track passing two chapels, parallel to the road you come to the oratory which was once dedicated to the Madonna of Einsielden. Further up there is the hamlet of Villa Superiore with the oratory of San Bernardo in a magnificant location in terms of the view; here you come to a chapel dedicated to Sant’Anna. After a beechwood and a clearing with ferns, the mule track with no. 548 joins our path, leading to Sotto le Balme. Parallel to a little ridge, the mule track comes out of the wood and leads towards Alpe Selletta, then to Alpe Wàn and to Alpe Vàrch. Continue to the hamlet of San Giorgio, where there is the oratory of the same name. The mule track leads down across some fields to the hamlet of San Gottardo, characterised by extremely heterogeneous houses amongst which the oratory dedicated to San Gottardo stands. At the outskirts of the settlement, a path leads to the road towards Chiesa di Rimella: after walking for approximately 1 km, the GTA route joins from the left and leads to the hamlet of Sella. The mule track crosses the road and leads to the chapel of the Santa Trinità (Holy Trinity). You then go down to Villa Inferiore, with its oratory of the Madonna della Neve and its typical wooden houses. The route finishes in Chiesa, where the Museo Gabinetto Di Curiosita’ E Cose Rare "G.B. Filippa” (Closet Museum of Curiosities and Rare Objects) stands above the parish house. The parish church of San Michele and the nearby oratory of San Giuseppe are also both worth a visit.

The return to the departure point through Sella takes approx. 1 hr.

Points of interest: the oratory of San Nicolao at Prati, then the oratory once dedicated to the Madonna of Einsielden; the oratory of San Bernardo by Mentone and the chapel dedicated to Sant’Anna; 2 chapels and the curious "Posa dei morti” (Laying out of the dead) in Sotto le Balme; the oratory of San Giorgio and the oratory of San Gottardo; the chapel Der obrun Tschukku and the oratory dedicated to San Quirico in Sella; the chapel of the Santa Trinità; the oratory of the Madonna della Neve at Villa Inferiore; the parish church of San Michele , the oratory and the charnel house in Chiesa; numerous signs of the religious devotion of the population; numerous Walser houses in historical construction style preserved over the centuries.