Hiking & nature

A cultural hike through the Valle dei Pittori

The Vigezzo valley is known for its art, and is often referred to as the Valley of the Painters.

It has inspired artists for centuries and astounds visitors over and over again with its natural beauty and valuable cultural artefacts.

Over the years, a great number of painters have left behind richly decorated façades, chapels and places of worship. They created uncountable works and decorated private residences and churches with their frescoes. Even today, the little hamlets along the mountain trails offer glimpses of their work on house façades and chapels. At the heart of this artistic tradition is the Rossetti Valentini School of Fine Arts in Santa Maria Maggiore, which was founded in 1878.

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Hiking trail and highlights

Walk in the footsteps of the great artists and painters of the 17th century. This hiking trail showcases the artistic and historical riches of the time, and guides you to the large churches and small oratories of the valley, where local Vigezzo artists and other renowned international talents have left their marks.

The Circuito dei Santi is a diverse network of hiking trails that sprawls across the entire valley, connecting the sacred monuments to one another. The western section runs from Santa Maria Maggiore to Druogno. This walking route takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

The sights of Santa Maria Maggiore

  • Chimney Sweep Museum
  • House of Perfume
  • Praudina Adventure Park


The offer is available all year round.

Subject to change without prior notice


Rail travel Domodossola-Santa Maria Maggiore-Druogno-Domodossola

  • € 7.40 Adults
  • € 3.70 Children aged 6 to 15

GA travelcards and day tickets are valid. A surcharge of €1.50 is levied for rides on Panorama trains.

Prices in € incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration.


Die weiteren Strecken des Circuitio dei Santi:
Kombinieren Sie Ihren Ausflug ins Valle dei Pittori mit einem längeren Aufenthalt:

How to get there

Start with a trip on the Vigezzina-Centovalli railway from Domodossola to Santa Maria Maggiore. From there, set off on the footpath through the lush pine forest as far as Druogno. From Druogno, the circular route loops back to Domodossola.

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