From rice fields to glaciers … and beyond:
holidays and relaxation, sports and entertainment,
art, nature and a great livestyle.
The Alto Piemonte Holiday Area is situated in the north of the Piedmont Region of Italy, in a triangle between the Swiss cantons of Valais and Ticino and the Po Valley. Between the rice fields of the lowlands and the Ossola Valleys; between Lake Maggiore and the Biellese Mountains, the visitor will find landscapes of outstandig natural beauty steeped in art, history and culture. Excellent local products, with a long tradition of craftsmanship and a devotion to quality and sustainability, are the pride of the region. The Alto Piemonte Holiday Area is built up of the four Piedmont provinces of Biella, Vercelli, Novara, and Verbano-Cusio-Ossola.
Alto Piemonte features a particularly mild climate and the steepest orographic difference in levels of all the regions in Europe: With only 65 km of linear distance, the visitor will cover all the way from the rice fields in the Po Valley at 100 m a.s.l. to the summits of the Monte Rosa massif at more than 4.600 m a.s.l. From rice fields to glaciers: this difference in levels results in an extraordinary variety in landscape and cultures.
While the Monte Rosa, the »Matterhorn« and the Lakes of Maggiore and Orta were already part of the »Grand Tour« of the British aristocracy as far back as in the 1700s, the other areas of Alto Piemonte are less known to modern tourists.
The Ossola Valleys, the wine-growing Nebbiolo hills, and the Baraggia heathland with its rice fields, offer undisturbed nature and the peace and quiet of a slow-paced and genuine rural lifestyle. However, Alto Piemonte’s four historic cities Biella, Vercelli, Novara and Verbania represent the urban element with lots of art, culture, shopping, and entertainment. Big city lovers have another option, as by car or train, Milan and Turin are both less than an hour away.