Novara is a city where tradition and culture blend to form an elegant historic centre, with a backdrop of soft hills, romantic vineyards and castles. It’s dominated by the towering San Gaudenzio Cupola, Alessandro Antonelli’s masterpiece.
Vercelli is of Celtic background and amongst the main cities of art in the Piedmont region. It’s worth visiting the Basilica di Sant’Andrea, the city’s emblem, which shows a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic elements, with fascinating Norman and Provençal influences and a fresco cycle by Gaudenzio Ferrari in the Chiesa di San Cristoforo.
Vercelli and Novara are located in an excellent rice-producing area; in fact, about 50% of all Italian rice is grown there. To immerse yourself here, take an amazing tour around the farms, osterie and fields, go shopping and try the delicacies of risotto and ‘paniscia’. You’ll easily find the perfect way to satisfy your heart’s desire! From dense woodlands in the Lame del Sesia Nature Park, to the snow-topped Alagna Valsesia, to the riverbanks along the Sesia, the vineyards, works of art and rice fields.
Visit the sacred Monte di Varallo, the oldest of the Sacred Mountains, and a UNESCO World Heritage site
Take the plunge on the slides at Ondaland in Vicolungo, one of the largest aquatic parks in Italy
Go shopping at The Style Outlets shopping village at Vicolungo
Take a tractor tour to explore the rice fields
Discover the Natural Park at Lame del Sesia, on foot, horseback or by bicycle
Admire the basilica di Sant’Andrea, the most important monument in Vercelli
Get to know the people of Germanic origin, who came to live in Valsesia in the Medieval period, in the Walser Museum at Alagna
Go on a tour of the area’s castles: Avogadro Castle at Quinto Vercellese, Rovasenda Castle and the Sforzesco Castle at Galliate
Taste and buy some of the biscuits from Novara, ‘i biscottini novaresi’ from the Biscottificio Camporelli
Go rafting in Valsesia