Vercelli is the gateway to the Monferrato region and before starting to explore the Monferrato hills it is worth visiting the historical center of this province and its small but priceless treasures.
Vercelli is located between Novara and Turin in the region of Piedmont and it is well known for its wines and the rice produced on the beautiful hills of the Monferrato area.
Apart from the amazing hills and landscapes, not a lot of people know that the city center of this city is quite interesting as well.
You will not find a lot of tourists for sure in this city and many people don’t know what to do and what to visit in this town so here we are going to list all the best things to do in Vercelli Italy.
If you are ready to discover this nice province called Vercelli read on this guide.
If you are renting a car to visit Vercelli you will be able to get lost on the beautiful hills and take a lot of pictures.
If you have no car you can pass by the station of Vercelli that will drop you not too far from the city center and we can start from the Basilica Di Sant’Andrea.
This Basilica is made of red bricks built in a style that blends Lombard Romanesque with Gothic and this a perfect place to relax in peace and silence.
The Dome of Vercelli is dedicated to Saint Eusebius and it seems it was the bishop Eusebius who wanted to build it.
Next to the cathedral of Sant ‘Eusebio, there are the Library and a Gallery Museum of the Opera del Duomo.
La Biblioteca Capitolare Of Vercelli preserves rare codes and manuscripts, including the Vercelli Book, a 10th century manuscript in the ancient Anglo-Saxon language.
If you want to have a 360 view of the city my advice is to go to the main square and look high for Torre dell’Angelo, you can go on top of the tower and enjoy a beautiful view.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
The area that surrounds Vercelli is mainly an industrial area but still, you can find something interesting and these interesting things are the rice fields.
If you never saw a real rice field and the rice plans this is an opportunity to see some.
You can’t go to Vercelli without trying the chickpea and octopus soup, this is a delicious dish that is prepared with love in the restaurants in this province.
This dish contains a lot of proteins, and if you are someone who needs a nice intake of good proteins you should eat it more often, too bad not a lot of people know about this dish and in Italy, it is made mainly only in Vercelli.
The Panissa Vercellese is another typical dish from the province of Vercelli that is prepared with rice and beans.
These two poor ingredients mixed together with the awesome rice produced in the country of Vercelli is definitely another famous dish you should try.
If you want to check out some recipes here is a good link of these plates:
Even though Vercelli doesn’t seem to be the best city in Italy, the city center is quite livable and full of interesting things.
This city is the gate to the beautiful hills and country called Monferrato and the house of some of the best wines in Italy.
The area that surrounds Vercelli is mainly a boring industrial area, but still for the ones who never say a rice field where you will be able to find many.
The rice is grown in the country of Vercelli and served as a food in many restaurants. There are many traditional dishes fro this area and probably the most famous is called Panissa Vercellese.
I hope that you found this guide of Vercelli useful, I always try to be short in my guides on this city and get more deep into the particulars on my blog.
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