The Monte Rosa and the Valley of the Sesia

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Valsesia  (Valley of the Sesia) is formed by a main valley, Val Grande by its inhabitants, and a series of side valleys that depart from the main valley.


Valsesia is located in the North-East of the Piedmont Region in the Province of Vercelli. The main valley takes its name from that of the River Sesia. The main towns of the valley are Varallo Sesia, Borgosesia and Serravalle Sesia. Some of the more frequented tourist villages of the area include Alagna Valsesia, Rima San Giuseppe, Carcoforo and Scopello. Rassa is one of the smallest villages and is located in a side valley on the left of the main valley at 16 km from Alagna. It is the ideal base for walks, nature hikes, hiking, fishing, mountaineering, skiing and ski touring, to name but a few of the activities this area has to offer.


The Monte Rosa

The Monte Rosa is a mountain massif located in the eastern part of the Pennine Alps found between Switzerland and Italy (Piedmont and Aosta Valley). Monte Rosa is the second highest mountain in the Alps and Western Europe The Dufourspitze (Punta Dufour) is the highest peak of the Monte Rosa with an altitude of 4,634 meters. On top of Punta Gnifetti, which is the fifth highest peak, lies the mountain hut Capanna Margherita (4,554 meters), the highest in Europe. It was originally built in 1892 as a scientific and meteorological observatory and rebuilt in 1975. For more information about Monte Rosa, visit

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