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    The province of Vercelli

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    Rice fields in the province of Vercelli

    The province of Vercelli is certainly one of the oldest and most troubled of Italy: “Free City” at the time of the Lombard League deployed against Barbarossa, “Department of the Sesia” under Napoleon, merged with the province of Novara in the Decree Rattazzi of 1859 until  return  Province for Mussolini edict also incorporating the not  very close Biella. It was then in 1992 by government decree was given the role of Biella Province also in separating the two territories.
    The Vercelli territory today is divided into three areas: the “grange”, represented by rice paddies stretches, the “Baraggia”, the area between the Upper Valley and the mouth of the Valsesia, and the Valsesia  same. A good part of the territory of the province was placed under the guardianship represented by a number of protected areas, including the “Alta Valsesia Natural Park”, the” Natural Reserve of Baraggia” that involves a part of the territories of Biella and Novara, the “Special Natural Reserve of Sacro Monte di Varallo”, the “Po Torinese Park” which, in part, involves the provinces of Novara and Turin, and many others that provide tourists the opportunity to choose from a variety of recreational and sports activities thanks to the ski resorts of the Valsesia and the river Sesia, considered one of the main Italian rivers to the numerous sports practiced.
    The province of Vercelli has always had in the capital and in Valsesia major points of tourist attraction: Vercelli thanks to its historic center, its historic buildings built in different eras and styles, and each worthy of note (including a reference to the Basilica of Sant ‘Andrea, the Pinacoteca Borgogna, the Museo del Tesoro del Duomo and the Church of San Marco), and the Valsesia.
    The latter is a natural aspect important for the region: considered by far the valley more “green” in Italian, is an area of ​​more valleys that are the ideal venue for those who want to enjoy a different holiday in contact with nature but ever boring or repetitive offer:  the Sessera  Valley, from the high steep mountains, is a paradise for lovers of climbing, while the many side valleys provide – with the many tributaries of the Sesia – a pleasant enjoyment of the sport of fishing . In addition, for other water sports, we must remember that just the Sesia hosted in 2001, the European Championships in kayak, and in 2002 the world championships in the same specialty. Along the river there are many schools of canoeing and rafting that organize preparatory courses for enthusiasts and descents. For ski enthusiasts, there are plants of Alagna and Alpe di Mera forming part of the Monterosa Ski, one of the largest in Europe.
    A major tourist area in the territory  is the religious one, in the Sacro Monte of Varallo, the oldest of the Sacri Monti of Piedmont, with over 500 years of religious life and is known throughout the world as “The New Jerusalem” as is the most important reproduction of  the city that saw the birth of Jesus, and it was added in its own right in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. A curiosity … The cable that connects the Sacro Monte di Varallo would, according to experts, the steepest in Europe!
    Provincial economy is ample space Romagnano Sesia, which, thanks to the motorway junction, has given birth to a number of important commercial centers that have made the “shopping capital” of this corner of Piedmont. Important is the wool industry with the “Loro Piana” in the head, a company that exports all over the world its precious cashmere and that it was in Romagnano Sesia has an important outlet mall. Finally, a brief flash winemaking industry deserves the famous wine “Gattinara”, produced  in not great quantity, but  rightly appreciated by wine experts and lovers of good wines.