Welcome to Varallo & the Valsesia
Situated 66km northwest of Vercelli in northern Piedmont, this wild, remote region is a place for either contemplation or for adventure along the lines of black skiing, rafting, canyoning or fishing. Varallo is home to the occasionally macabre pilgrimage site of the Sacro Monte di Varallo, while beyond here, the Sesia river heads spectacularly north to the foot of the Monte Rosa massif. Alpine slopes climb sharply, offering numerous walking, cycling and white-water rafting possibilities. The valley's last village, Alagna Valsesia, is an ancient Swiss-Walser settlement turned ski resort, which is part of the Monte Rosa Ski Area. It is well known for its off-piste runs.