Vercelli guide: what to see, museums, historical center

Useful for discovering of Vercelli, where he is, historical origins, the main monuments and places of interest including museums to visit.

Vercelli travel guide

Piedmont town situated on the right bank of the river Sesia, Vercelli is immersed in the typical landscape of rice paddies that, in this part of the Po Valley, stretching in the fields between long rows of poplars. The first settlements in the area, of which today remains only a few find ceramic, date back to the population of the Gallic Libui and to that of the Ligurian Salii.

The Roman city, that here was formed and developed from the urban point of view especially with the beginning of the imperial age, was incorporated progressively in the medieval city enclosed by a new and larger city wall, which was demolished in 1704 by the French and replaced with tree-lined streets of the ring.

Around Piazza Cavour, with its cobbled and its medieval arcades, collects the fine old town of Vercelli, full of beautiful architecture and art. The most famous monument of the city is the Basilica of St. Andrew, a beautiful architecture harmoniously built in the Romanesque and Gothic styles between 1219 and 1227, by Cardinal Guala Bicchieri.

The Cathedral of St. Eusebius has a neoclassical appearance, although its origins date back to a modest building built by St. Eusebius, rebuilt in the medieval period and then to start the second half of the sixteenth century. until the eighteenth century. Near the Cathedral, the architectural complex of the Archbishop’s Palace is home to the ‘Archive, the Chapter Library and the Museum of the Treasure of the Cathedral.

In the Library houses one of the most ancient texts written in Old English, the Vercelli Book, a parchment manuscript dating from the late tenth century. The church of St. Christopher, whose structure dates back to the XVI has been modified several times during the eighteenth century, holds within it a wealth of paintings of the sixteenth century. of great artistic value. On the square Amedeo IX is the Visconti Castle, built by Matteo Visconti at the end of the thirteenth century, and also inhabited by the Savoy.

Museums Vercelli

Museum Ark
In the former Church of St. Mark’s museum houses the Ark, an exhibition space that hosts, throughout the year, exhibitions of prestige and is home of the Guggenheim exhibitions organized by the Piedmont Region and the City in collaboration with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

Museum Burgundy
In a beautiful building in the historic center, home to the museum Burgundy, built at the behest of Antonio Burgundy, benefactor and art lover appartanente high bourgeoisie of Vercelli, who bought the building in 1882 and destined to house his extraordinary art collection including works ranging from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century, donated along with the Palazzo, to the city of Vercelli.

Museum Leone
In environments that the notary Camillo Leone donated to the Institute of Fine Arts Museum is located Leone. The museum, which opened in 1910, shows a cross-section of the city’s history, from prehistoric times to the modern age. One of the exhibits are from the private collection of the notary Camillo Leone.