UNESCO and Orange Flags

Ossola Valley is dotted with wonderful villages that contain alleys and squares that evoke a distant past and authentic traditions. Characteristic sloping granite-tiled roofs, high chimneys, Walser architecture, castles and fortifications where the Bandiere Arancioni (Orange Flags) of the Touring Club Italiano flap.

The Bandiera Arancione recognition is one of the most sought-after in Italy. In Ossola Valley, five municipalities have received this recognition. The area is also recognized for its outstanding historical, cultural and environmental value, due to its high-quality tourism: Mergozzo, Vogogna, Macugnaga, Santa Maria Maggiore and Malesco are the villages recognized by the Touring Club Italiano.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites include the Sacro Monte Calvario in Domodossola, one of the symbols of this mountain land, a place of meditation and culture, and the Sesia Valgrande geopark, which includes the Val Grande National Park, recognized by UNESCO on 5th September 2013. 

These remarkable places contain wild natural sceneries which are unique in the world, combined with traditions, artistic creations and typical Alpine architecture for a fascinating holiday in Ossola Valley that embraces the past and future.

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