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A beautiful escape

As the first snow begins to fall, the magic of winter envelops Alagna Valsesia, transforming it into a perfect destination for a mountain weekend. Far from the chaos of Christmas shopping and the hustle and bustle of the city, Alagna offers a serene refuge for those looking to slow down and breathe in tranquility.

A Dreamy Winter Landscape Alagna, with its wooden cottages and snow-covered landscapes captivating from the first glance, captures the heart of anyone who visits. The view of an enchanted village, seen from above through the zoom of a drone, marks the beginning of an unforgettable experience.  

Exploring the Beauty of Alagna A tour around Alagna reveals wooden constructions of extraordinary beauty, unique and harmonious architectures that almost seem unreal. The cobblestone streets, monolithic fountains scattered everywhere, and the intimate and welcoming Walser villages offer a complete immersion in the culture and history of the place. Here, life flows slowly and relaxed, allowing aimless walks through alleys and meadows, and moments of pure relaxation in the tranquility of the landscape.  

Winter Activities for Everyone For snow lovers, Alagna does not disappoint. With its extraordinary opportunities for skiing, snowshoe walks, and exploring snowy trails, every visitor can find their favorite way to enjoy the winter landscape. From the fraction of Sant’Antonio to the fraction of Peccia, and beyond, fairy-tale landscapes unfold, perfect for those seeking adventure or simply a moment of peace in the midst of nature.  

An Oasis of Peace and Beauty Alagna, with its winter charm, is the ideal place to break away from routine and immerse oneself in an atmosphere of peace and beauty. Whether it's a solitary walk or a warm drink in one of the many picturesque corners of the village, Alagna offers a winter experience that goes beyond mere tourism, touching the soul and leaving indelible memories.  

Alagna Valsesia, with its enchanted atmosphere, is not just a winter destination: it's an experience to live and narrate. A place where time seems to stand still and where every moment becomes a precious memory.

Culture into the wild

As soon as you emerge onto the plain of Otro, you are greeted by the extraordinary wooden architecture of the houses and the oratory dedicated to the Madonna of the Snow in the Follu hamlet. We know little about the origin of the original oratory, which probably dates back to the late 16th or early 17th century. However, we do know with certainty that it was demolished and rebuilt, moving its front and orientation in the 1650s. The date 1659 can be read on the door lintel. In 1661, it was blessed again, but just a few years later, a request was made for a new modification: the enlargement of the choir to provide "greater comfort for participants in the festival."

In the 1697 episcopal visit report by Monsignor Visconti, it is written: "Renew the Pyx for the Sick, at the same time providing the little canopy for it in white silk with its cords as prescribed, and have the Paten gilded, which will all be done within three months; otherwise, both shall remain suspended. As the inhabitants of this place wish to expand the choir, both to provide greater convenience for festival participants and to increase the light in the oratory, we grant permission on the condition that the design is approved by us first."

Oratorio Madonna della Neve

Inside the oratory, there is a 18th-century painting above the altar representing the theme to which the oratory is dedicated. In the painting, you can see the Virgin with the Child, and in the background, the story of the miraculous Roman snowfall on August 5th. In the background of the painting, Pope Liberius is clearly visible, delineating the perimeter of the new church dedicated to Sancta Maria ad Nives. The scene on the left, which seems to depict a martyrdom, is more difficult to read and interpret, but it's worth investigating further. In the lower right, there is an inscription that provides some information about the patron and is interesting from a linguistic perspective: DISES QUADER HAT LASSEN MACHEN DER ERSAM MEISTER ULRICH BUNDER ODER IIANEN 1709.

Translation: This painting was made by the honorable master Ulrich Bunder (or Janen) in 1709. The text is in German, but the sentence structure is typical of the Alagna dialect, with some Romance influence. We don't know the name of the author, but they were probably a local painter. In 1865, the builders of the oratory decided to install a new chaplain (der Kaplan) who would also be responsible for teaching at the local school. In 1867, construction began next to the church on a house suitable for housing the chaplain, and inside there was also a room dedicated to the school.

This small church has been and continues to be the spiritual and social center of the valley. On August 5th (the day when tradition celebrates the Madonna of the Snow), for many centuries to the present day, it has been a day of great celebration with which Otro and its inhabitants involve and attract hundreds of people."


Imagine a range from brown to intense yellow and look around you.

Imagine a range from brown to intense yellow and look around you. Autumn foliage is as explosive and stunning as it can get. The walk that goes from Montella to the hamlets of Rusa and Goreto passes through a majestic forest of beech trees with flaming red crowns. In the past, beech leaves were collected and used to make "pagliericci" (mattresses) because wool was precious and used for clothing.

In the hamlets, the houses are ancient, and the dark color of the larch wood bears witness to their age. The roofs in the villages touch and embrace each other in a dance that has lasted for centuries.

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There is plenty of snow in the long winters, but the paths between the houses remain accessible and free thanks to their proximity.

From Rusa, crossing a small stream, we see the remains of ancient mills and reach the hamlets of Piane and Dosso. Oratories, chapels, bread ovens, and monolithic fountains testify to the life of the so-called Dorf (independent villages).

If you're in the Vogna Valley, head up to Selveglio from Ca’ d’Janzo and tour the upper hamlets all the way to Peccia. Here, the wild cherry trees light up in intense red and guide you along the path.

The grazing cows take advantage of the last grass, having recently descended from the alpine pastures, and the shepherd is ready to sell his products (DE.CO). You can taste them from the terrace of the Dosso hamlet while admiring Alagna from above.

October is also a time for reflection, with the Procession of the Flowery Rosary being particularly significant. It starts at the small chapel of Flua and reaches the oratory of Sant'Antonio. The faithful wear the ancient Walser costume, with colorful shawls and precious bodices. The procession is meant as a thanksgiving for the good summer season and a prayer for their deceased loved ones.

The days grow shorter, but when the village is in shadow, the people follow the sun as it lingers on the slopes and slides toward the peaks. The most well-known solarium is the Piana Fuseria hamlet, situated on a terrace facing the village of Riva Valdobbia. The view stretches from Monte Rosa to the Vogna Valley.

If you're lucky, as the sun sets, you might see the deer and hear their roaring. It's the mating season, and the males are calling out to the females... but to win the hearts of the beautiful does, they must first establish their dominance 😊."

In the summer of 2022, the 'Climate Corners' project was born through collaboration between the Municipality of Alagna, the University of Turin, and the environmental organization Protectourwinters (POW) Italia. The so-called “information corners” to be shown in strategic places around Alagna, like Piazza Grober, are at the heart of the project. They represent a path toward sustainability to face the climate challenge of the Monte Rosa glaciers. The goal is to raise awareness among tourists and future visitors in the region, making scientific information on climate change readily available. The projects of the three organizations involved will be showcased, along with an ethical guide to collectively tackle this challenge.

Through posters, banners, videos, and clips, we'll share information on three main themes:

1.) Simple Science: We'll provide understandable scientific information, with references and insights into studies and articles. This section will explain the current state of our glaciers.

2.) Ongoing Projects developed in collaboration between the Municipality of Alagna and the University of Turin (Department of Earth Sciences, Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, and Department of Management). These projects cover areas like mountain geology, environmental monitoring, cultural heritage preservation, and more. The University of Turin also leads the Angelo Mosso Scientific Institute at Passo dei Salati, offering a unique space for research, training, and outreach in fields like high-altitude medicine, meteorology, glaciology, and more, related to climate change. Here are some examples of projects we'll present: Nodes - Nord Ovest Digitale e Sostenibile, ArcticHubs, Carovana dei Ghiacciai, Campagna glaciologica ai ghiacciai valsesiani, Mosso Days-La Scienza Divertente, RigeneRosa, Alagna Plastic free, Alagna Walser Green Paradise, e molti altri.

The practical part of this theme will include a list of tips for tourists on how to contribute to safeguarding Alagna and its glaciers in the fight against climate change. These tips include issues like sustainable transportation, recycling, using reusable bottles instead of plastic, local km0 food and drinks, and more.

The tips reflect two key POW concepts: "You don't have to be perfect to help with climate action, but it's important to strive for improvement instead of perfection. If each of us does our part, step by step, we can really make a difference."

3.) Join the Outdoor Adventure: Here, you'll discover how to join POW's outdoor adventure and learn about projects related to sustainable mobility, slow tourism, and regional development. POW Italy aims to be more active in the western Alps, particularly in Alagna (POW IT is presently based in Trentino). E.g., Climate Talks, POWFACTory, Reframe your journey, ecc. 

POW is a politically independent, non-profit organization for outdoor enthusiasts who have decided to act against the climate challenge. 

Authors: Pär Johan Åstrand (POW), Cristina Viani (University of Turin).

Welcome to Monte Rosa, where the majestic mountain merges with the enchanting surrounding villages, each with its own unique history.

Central Villages:

  • Alla Chiesa: A late Gothic church dedicated to St. John the Baptist, featuring artworks and tombstones that narrate the stories of local families. Precious monuments pay tribute to the fallen of the world wars.
  • Pedelegno: A medieval "Castle" transformed into a private residence, accompanied by a small square with a fountain dedicated to a local benefactor.
Alagna villages map

Ancient Villages:

High Villages:

  •   Goreto: An inscription of a 19th-century meteorological observatory reminds us of science and nature observation.  
  • In D'Ekku: Ancient Walser houses from 1568 are windows into the past.
  • In D'Stiz: A small village along a mule track offers a taste of mountain life.  

Each village of Monte Rosa is a journey into history and the beauty that enriches this magnificent region.

Download the map of the villages

During your trekking adventures in Alagna Valsesia and Monte Rosa, you will have the opportunity to encounter a diverse and fascinating wildlife. Here are some of the animals you might come across during your excursions:

  1. Alpine Ibex: Skillful climbers often spotted at high altitudes. Maintain a respectful distance and do not feed them
  2. Marmot: Curious and adorable creatures inhabiting meadows and rocks. Enjoy observing their natural behavior from a distance.
  3. Golden Eagle: Majestic predatory birds frequently sighted in the alpine regions. Observe them discreetly from a safe distance.
  4. Snow Hare: Cute rodents known for their camouflaging abilities. Be quiet and avoid disrupting their behavior.
  5. Alpine Chamois: Symbol of the Parco Naturale Alta Valsesia, the chamois is one of the most sought-after sightings. Respect their space and maintain distance.

Helpful Tips for Coexisting with Wildlife:  

To ensure the well-being of the animals and fully enjoy wildlife sightings during your treks, follow these guidelines:

  1. Maintain a distance: Respect their personal space and avoid getting too close to wild animals.  
  2. No disturbance of nests: During the breeding season, avoid approaching nests to prevent disturbing the activities of parents and offspring.  
  3. No human food: Refrain from feeding wild animals. Human food can be harmful to their health and natural behavior.  
  4. Silence and calm: Be quiet and calm during sightings to avoid startling the animals.  
  5. Stick to designated trails: Stay on designated paths and follow the guidance of parks and nature reserves to protect the animals' habitat.  
  6. No flash photography: If you wish to take photos of the animals, disable the flash on your camera to avoid frightening them.  
  7. Leave only footprints: Carry all trash with you and respect the natural environment around you.

By adhering to these coexistence tips, you can have an unforgettable experience, respecting the wildlife and preserving the integrity of this precious ecosystem. Happy trekking and happy wildlife encounters in Monte Rosa!

Welcome to Alagna Valsesia, a true paradise for trekking and mountaineering lovers. If you dream of an adventurous summer holiday and want to fully immerse yourself in natural beauty, then Alagna is the perfect place for you. In this enchanting Alpine town, you will have the opportunity to spend an unforgettable week exploring majestic mountains, tackling panoramic trails and discovering enchanting places. Get ready for an exciting experience and create lasting memories!

Day 1: welcome to Alagna!

Arrive in Alagna and immediately breathe in the fresh mountain air. This is the starting point for your one week adventure. Take a moment to immerse yourself in the welcoming atmosphere of this alpine city and get ready for the wonders that await you.

Day2: exploration of the hiking trails

Start your trekking adventure by exploring the hiking trails that surround Alagna. With the help of an expert guide, you'll discover breathtaking views and tackle routes suited to your level of experience. Walk through lush forests, alpine pastures and cross crystal clear streams. Nature will embrace you with its pristine beauty.

Choose your tour! Here are our suggestions:

Pastore Refuge and Alpe Pile in Alagna Valsesia Monte Rosa

The Olen Valley

Il Turlo: the door of the Walser

Colle Mud

Alpe Campo Valsesia Refuge: Route from Alagna to Alpe Campo

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Day 3/4: toward the peaks

Today is the time to climb towards the peaks. Take on an exciting excursion led by expert mountaineers. Challenge yourself and reach new heights, taking in spectacular views along the way. The satisfaction of reaching the top will be priceless. The flagship is the coveted Capanna Margherita, a refuge located at 4554 meters obtaining the title of the highest refuge in Europe!

Follow this link to find out everything about mountaineering in Monterosa!

Mountaineering Monte Rosa. Organize your ascent on

Day 5: Otro.

If you like untouched nature, this is the destination not to be missed. With its scenic trails and enchanting location, Otro offers unique opportunities to venture into unspoiled nature. Visitors can immerse themselves in the tranquility of the luxuriant woods, walk along paths that cross alpine meadows and discover breathtaking views.

Here are our recommendations:

Val d'Otro - trekking among intact Walser villages

The Foric pass and the Zube alp

Tailli lakes, the trip to the Balcony of Otro

Day 6: Trekking in the Vogna valley:

Suitable for everyone, the Vogna valley is an enchanting picture of what Mother Nature can offer us. Here are all our suggestions for discovering this corner of paradise:

Valle Vogna Trekking: the Valley of the Walser settlers


Risuolo valley

Alpe Larecchio and Ospizio Sottile

Day 7: Rest and meditation

Dedicate the last day of your week in Alagna to relaxation and reflection. Enjoy the surrounding landscape, relax in a peaceful green area or treat yourself to lunch with a view of Monterosa. It's time to appreciate everything you've experienced and get ready to take the memories of this unforgettable vacation with you.

Alagna Valsesia is the ideal destination for a summer week of trekking and mountaineering surrounded by nature. Through hiking trails, summit climbing, waterfall explorations and glacier walks, you will have the opportunity to discover the wild and untouched beauty of this alpine region. Get ready to face challenges, push your limits and go on an adventure that will leave you breathless. Alagna Valsesia awaits you for a holiday that will remain forever in your memories.

If you are a fan of adrenaline sports and love immersing yourself in nature, then Alagna could be the perfect destination for you. Located at the foot of Monterosa, this picturesque town offers a wide range of thrilling activities that will make you feel alive and full of energy. Whether you are a daring paraglider, an avid cyclist, or a water adventurer, Alagna will leave you breathless with its opportunities for extreme sports.

Here are some of the adrenaline sports you can practice in Alagna:

🪂 Paragliding: Thanks to its mountainous location, Alagna is an ideal destination for paragliding. Imagine soaring through the sky, surrounded by spectacular alpine landscapes as you glide through the air currents. Follow the link to learn more and book your experience with expert instructors >>

🚵‍♂️ Mountain biking: The region around Alagna is crisscrossed with a myriad of breathtaking trails, perfect for mountain biking enthusiasts. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cyclist, you will find routes suitable for all skill levels.

Speed through forests, rivers, and stunning mountain views while experiencing the perfect combination of adrenaline and nature. Discover more and book your experience now >>

🚣‍♂️ Water sports: If you are a water enthusiast seeking some river action, the Sesia River flowing near Alagna offers fantastic opportunities such as kayaking, rafting, hydrospeed, or canyoning. Take on the rapids and navigate through rushing waters in a breathtaking experience. There are also courses available for beginners, so don't worry if you are new to these sports.

⛰️ Rock climbing: The imposing mountains surrounding Alagna provide a perfect terrain for rock climbing. There are rock walls and cliffs that cater to climbers of all skill levels. Challenge yourself by scaling the rocks and enjoy the panoramic view when you reach the top.

Alagna is a place where adventure awaits at every corner. Before engaging in any adrenaline activity, make sure to prioritize safety, follow the guidance of experts, and enjoy the incredible experiences that this outdoor playground has to offer. If you want more information, feel free to contact us 🙂

A unique natural destination to practice fishing and enjoy an unparalleled panorama.

If you're a fishing enthusiast in search of an unforgettable experience surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, then Alagna Valsesia is the perfect place for you!

This charming mountain village located in the Piedmont region of Italy offers a wide range of opportunities for sports fishing enthusiasts.

Let's discover why you should consider Alagna as your next fishing destination and the most beautiful spots to practice this sport.

Alagna Valsesia is a true paradise for nature and fishing lovers. Imagine yourself surrounded by majestic Alps and crystal-clear streams flowing through lush meadows. This magical place offers an authentic atmosphere and a wealth of biodiversity that will make your fishing adventure even more special.

The Sesia River is a landmark for fishing in Alagna. This pristine river is famous for its abundance of Brown Trout, Marble Trout, Brown-Marble Hybrid Trout, and Rainbow Trout.

The western slope of the Upper Valsesia is dotted with numerous splendid alpine lakes of glacial origin located between 2000 and 3000 meters above sea level. Most of these lakes are home to Brown Trout and Brook Char.

In addition to fishing, Alagna offers a myriad of other activities to enrich your visit. After an adventurous day of fishing, you can explore the surrounding hiking trails, admire panoramic mountain views, and immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting traditional mountain villages.

To protect biodiversity, the Società Valsesiana Pescatori Sportivi di Varallo, which has been the concessionaire of the Sesia waters for almost a century, is responsible for monitoring, increasing the fish population, and surveillance.

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