Art and culture

The stories of emigrants and painters, the events connected to the Walser and numerous archaeological findings: these and many other testimonies are preserved in the small museums of the Ossola Valley.

In Domodossola, the core of the region, it is worth a visit to the elegant and fascinating Borgo della Cultura, home to important buildings such as Palazzo Silva and Palazzo San Francesco, which contain permanent collections and temporary exhibitions of national relevance.

Every location in the Ossola region contains special sites of all sizes. In Vigezzo Valley, in Santa Maria Maggiore, the House of Perfume Feminis-Farina tells the true story of Eau de Cologne, the most famous and ancient perfume in the world, created by two creative, entrepreneurial migrants from Vigezzo. The Casa Walser museum in Macugnaga, in the Anzasca Valley, and Casa Forte Museum in Formazza, illustrate habits, customs and events linked to the arrival of the German people in the Ossola lands. The archaeological museums in Varzo, in the Divedro Valley, and in Mergozzo, which overlooks Lake Mergozzo, contain important artefacts discovered during numerous excavations. And how can the hidden pearls be forgotten? In the Vigezzo Valley, the Treasury of Craveggia, an invaluable collection of precious objects and vestments, is a magnificent treasure chest waiting to be discovered.

These historical places, which will amaze and astonish you, contain modern visit routes that border on multimedia displays: visiting them will leave you with an unforgettable memory of a mountain culture that is still relatively unexplored.

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Domodossola and environs Anzasca Valley Antrona Valley Bognanco Valley Divedro Valley Formazza Valley Antigorio Valley Vigezzo Valley Lower Ossola