Ossola Valley

Ossola Valley

Ossola Valley

The Ossola is a leaf-shaped complex of Alpine valleys in the northern tip of Piedmont bordering on Switzerland, wedged between the Swiss cantons of Ticino and Valais. Seven valleys make up the area,  branching off the central river plain of the main Ossola Valley, which contains a number of ancient little towns and villages.

The geographical and administrative centre is Domodossola (pop. 20,000), the “capital” of the area, situated on the northern part of the plain. Twinned with the Swiss town of Brig on the other side of the Simplon Pass, it lies on the ancient route to the Pass and to the high Alpine passes of the Formazza Valley, and has all the characteristics of a frontier trading town.

Domodossola has since 2003 boasted a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sacro Monte Calvario, which is also a special nature reserve of Piedmont region, set on the Mattarella Hill above the town. The fifteen chapels in the Calvario complex fully reflect the local Ossola culture, and were built with the contribution of the best local artists of the 17th century, who introduced the Baroque style to the area.

Moving north from the southern entrance to the valley plain, the road passes the villages of Ornavasso, Cuzzago, Anzola and Premosello Chiovenda. The next town is Vogogna, whose captivating medieval centre with the Visconti Castle and the Palazzo del Pretorio is a popular tourist attraction. The fine Castle, commissioned by Giovanni Visconti, originated as a military garrison to defend the whole Valley. From it, and from the impressive ruined citadel on the hill above, you can see a view over the whole of the Ossola plain.

Continuing north towards Domodossola, the road passes the small towns of Pieve Vergonte, Piedimulera, Pallanzeno and Villadossola. Of note is the Ferrerio Tower of Piedimulera, a relic of the military settlement of the 16th century.

The cultural centre of Villadossola is the theatre “La Fabbrica”, which offers a full programme of events every year.

In the area we can arrange Incetives like rafting & canoeing as well as incentive events in the Ossola Valleys as well as Lake Maggiore.


to book your event in the Ossola Valley call us at +39 0323 922 917 or emial us at info@lakemaggiore.eu

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