Santa Maria Maggiore Travel Guide

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Santa Maria Maggiore Things to Do

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    by biancasalmaso Updated Feb 21, 2010

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    Despite low altitude (800 m), snow is common in Jan and Feb and it is not so cold as many other skiing resorts. At Santa Maria Maggiore, there are 4 tracks: 2 easy, 1 medium (red) and 1 difficult (black). The two wasy one are very flat and 2-3 Km long, while medium and difficult are more than 5 Km. Santa Maria Maggiore is a very beatiful place to spend one week-end in cross country skiing. In addition, there are two skating facilities in the valley. For camper there is a big parking just at start of ski track start.

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    the new town hall

    by call_me_rhia Written Apr 1, 2004

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    The new town hall is actually not a really new building, since it's a couple of hudreds of years old. It once used to be called "Casa Rossetti" - after the painters Giacomo and Giuseppe Rossetti, father and son - who both studied at Brera. The facade, however, is not much to look at - except some heralds under the roof - but if you look at it from the side, magic appears: you'll see a beautiful religious painting by one of the two Rossetti's.

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    old town hall

    by call_me_rhia Written Apr 1, 2004

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    The quaintest building on piazza risorgimento is the old town hall and casa mandamentale. This colourful house, in the past, had many functions: it was a town hall, a post office and.. a prison, too. If you look closely at the tower, and particularly at its windows, you'll see that there are still the old metal bars. Intriguing! At the moment In recent years the building has been turned into the village's cultural centre - with festivals and exhibitions. In march 2004 - however - t was closed for some badly needed restoration works

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    one of the typical lanes in the village

    by call_me_rhia Written Apr 1, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Santa Maria Maggiore is the main town (village actually) of the Val Vigezzo... Vigezzo Valley, in English. It's located in the north of Italy, in the province of Piedmont, and it borders with Switzerland to its west. It's a small valley of rural little mountain villages - and it's known for several things: tourism, eau de cologne, chimney-sweepers and reknown painters.

    Fondest memory: Santa maria Maggiore is lrgely unassuming - at least superficially... there's really nothing that meets the eye unless you're looking for details. Most of the old houses - and some of the new ones too - are beautifully decorated with religious images. These images were all painted by the local artists who then migrated to different parts of italy and Europe... like a sort of ex-voto

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