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Alagna Valsesia

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Alagna Valsesia is a comune and small village high in the Valsesia alpine valley in the province of Vercelli, Piedmont, Italy. it is a tourist site for mountaineering and winter sports, and it is internationally renowned for the freeride off-piste skiing. It was originally settled by Walser. It is located at the upper tip of Val Grande, in Piedmont Region of Italy, at an elevation of 1191m just south of the Monte Rosa, elevation 4638m ; Since December 2005 a new cable car connects Alagna with Gressoney through the Passo dei Salati.HistoryFounded in the 13th century by a German population descending from the north into the Italian valleys around Monte Rosa, it has preserved today its charming atmosphere with several buildings built around 1500 - 1600 in a pure "Walser Style" which are still in perfect condition. These magnificent architectures can be appreciated especially in one of the small hamlets of Alagna, called Pedemonte. Here, you can find an entire hamlet totally preserved and the Walser Museum which is housed in a 17th-century building. In town, the Church of Saint John Baptist was built in 1511 and it has got inside some beautiful sculptures by Giovanni d'Enrico a famous Italian artist . At the entrance of the town, there is the native house of Tanzio da Varallo, one of the most important Italian artists and brother of Giovanni d'Enrico. In the centre, you can find the historical Hotel Monte Rosa Gugliermina, the first built in the town in 1865.
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