The Vigezzo Valley is a typical alpine valley, but unique among the valleys of Ossola for its formation: open, pleasant and relaxing, it is a natural connection of glacial origin to the Canton of Ticino in neighbouring Switzerland. A valley that has inspired the artists of the past and continues to amaze its visitors with its natural beauty and valuable cultural heritage.
The multitude of colours in every season of the year, which makes the landscape evocative and enchanting, has always inspired local and non-local artists. Hence why it’s known as the Painters’ Valley.
The Vigezzo Valley is a land of emigrants and picturesque villages with a rarefied atmosphere, such as Craveggia, the town of chimneys, a true jewel of alpine architecture, rich in artistic testimony. In each of the seven municipalities of the Vigezzo Valley, it is easy to find out-of-the-ordinary places to visit and discover: the Chimney Sweep Museum in Santa Maria Maggiore, the majestic Sanctuary in Re, the sundials in Villette, the Ecomuseum in Malesco and much more.
The Vigezzo Valley is crossed by a narrow-gauge railway line, the Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway, which follows one of the most fascinating and awe-inspiring panoramic routes in the Alps, connecting Domodossola to Locarno, on the Swiss side of Lake Maggiore.
The not excessive altitude, the unusual amplitude and airiness of the Vigezzo Valley, the proximity of the Val Grande National Park and the thousands of outdoor activities available make your stay in the Vigezzo Valley particularly pleasant at any time of year.
Outdoor activities surrounded by enchanted landscapes, sports facilities for all tastes, ski facilities and hiking trails: the offer is truly endless and is accompanied by a rich calendar of events. Do not miss the nationally and internationally important events such as the Christmas Market or the International Chimney Sweep Meeting, both held in Santa Maria Maggiore.
This kaleidoscope of things on offer, combined with traditional cuisines and quality hotel and non-hotel accommodation, make the Vigezzo Valley one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ossola Valley.