The Sacro Monte at Varallo (Unesco 2003), Half Day

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Day Trip / Out of Town, Local Experience, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage


Kid Friendly: Yes. To enjoy the tour children should be at least 8 years old.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), German (basic), Italian (fluent)

An Alpine "heavenly Holy Land" built upon a mountaintop.

This amazing site was erected from the 15th century on top of a steep crag as a perfect replica of the most significant Christian places in the Holy Land, which then required a long, risky journey. Later on, the site was changed into a "Heavenly Jerusalem", with impressive palaces and squares. In the following decades new chapels were added depicting Christ's Passion. It became one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in Northern Italy, nested among the hills of the narrow, intriguing Sesia Valley (Valsesia). Strolling in nature, you can today visit more than 40 impressive "chapels", all beautifully frescoed and embellished with dozens of amazing Renaissance and Baroque statues, all colorfully painted.
We'll reach the top of the Sacro Monte on a scenic cableway: up there you'll enjoy a breathless view of the picturesque town of Varallo with its slate roofs and its narrow, well preserved lanes. A brief visit to one of the most incredible frescoed walls (early 16th century) will conclude our tour.


We'll meet in Varallo and begin our tour taking a superpanoramic cableway (3 min. ). After reaching the top of the steep hill, we'll start our walk along lovely pathways and among dozens of impressive buildings called "cappelle/chapels" full of century-old paintings and wooden/terracotta sculptures: we'll visit inside only the most important ones! After a couple of hours we'll end our tour visiting a medieval church in town which boasts an amazing, grandiose work of art: a huge wall completely frescoed in the early 16th century by one of the greatest artists of the time: Gaudenzio Ferrari. The beauty and the charm of the place, still run by cloistered nuns, will seduce you at once! The best way to end our tour. . .

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: Any other place in the town of Varallo, where you prefer.

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 2 hours 30 min.


On foot + cable car

What’s Included

Other: My guided tour in Varallo (we'll start/end the tour at the local car park) - Cable car Tickets (round trip)

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 Euro - For personal purchases (souvenirs, books,...), lunch, ...

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Food, Drinks, Snacks

Other: Nothing else is due.


I am not a licensed driver, I can arrange for a separate car and driver if requested in good advance.
I normally never work after 7.15pm.

Private tour guide Cosetta

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