Province of Vercelli (Piedmont - Italy)
Facts and Figures
Theprovince of Vercelli has the following key features: The municipalities that are part of the province are 86. The area of Vercelli comprises 53 municipalities, the area of Valsesia 33.The province has a total area of 2,087 sq. km. Of these, the area of Vercelli includes 1240.57 sq. km. (59.4% of the total) and the area of Valsesia sq. km. (40.6%). The resident population in the province (179.232 ) accounts for 4.2% of the regional total and the surface of the province (2.088 Km²) is 8,2% of the entire Piedmont.
The 2011 population density of the province is 85.84 residents per square kilometer. The population density in the area of Vercelli resident is equal to 106.81 and that found in the Sesia Valley residents is 58.25. The value of average altitude of the province is 378 meters above sea level. this value is of m. 164 for the area of Vercelli and m. 722 for the area of the Sesia Valley. The roads have a total length of km. 754, referred km. 602 km in the plains and. 152 in the mountains.
In the province there is a mountain community, the Community Montana Valsesia, which is based in Varallo, includes 30 municipalities.
Rice, its cultivation, its processing and finally his transformation always characterized the economy of Vercelli, the only rice feeds hundreds of processing plants in the area who work more than 3 million tons of rice per year and supply a market that, in the field, is the most important in Europe and performs functions not only national but also international.
The acreage of all grades of rice from paddy used for purposes of breeding, super quality as Baldo or Carnaroli, characterize the economic activity and the landscape of Vercelli also find other important economic stimulus through the production the construction industry.
The Province of Vercelli in its two poles, the major points of interest. The chief town, Vercelli, retains its historic center, architectural jewels of great value in the world that are definitely worth at least a weekend to visit (exciting and romantic especially at night, the "Vercelli by night").
Above all, do not miss the Romanesque-Gothic Basilica Sant'Andrea with adjoining cloister bell Dal Verme and university where he taught in the "Studium" St. Anthony of Padua (1219-1227, the first example in Italy of stylistic Gothic, one of the 100 most important churches in the world), the Art Gallery Burgundy (the second in Piedmont), the Museum of the Treasury of the Cathedral (Crucifix and the Thousand Year "Vercelli Book", written testimony more 'proto-language of the oldest known English), the Church of San Marco, which every year - from February to June - welcomes the masterpieces of the Guggenheim, the Basilica of St. Eusebius, the Museum Leone, Piazza Cavour , the Synagogue, the Hall Dugentesco, the church of San Cristoforo (with masterpieces by Gaudenzio Ferrari) and Lower Castles Vercelli.
Valsesia is the other corner of the province of Vercelli most affected by tourism, thanks to the Sacro Monte of Varallo. This unique monument is the oldest of the Sacred Mountains, having been built from 1491 by Bernardino Caimi, Friars Minor Observant, former guardian in the Holy Land. In 2003, the Sacred Mountain of Varallo has been included in UNESCO's World Heritage Site along with six other Sacred Mountains of Piedmont. A strong attraction is also the Sesia River, one of the most important waterways in Italy for river sports, and some ski resorts, including Mera and Alagna.