The province of Vercelli is located in the northern Italian region of Piedmont; in the north, it borders Switzerland. The southern part of the province is occupied by the Sesia Valley, in which the Sesia River flows; this is one of the most important tourist destinations in the entire province. Within the valley there is the oldest Sacro Monte of the entire Piedmont-Lombardy Sacro Monte group; the Varallo Sacro Monte was constructed in 1491 and is the most artistically fascinating of the group. As with the others, it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sesia River is also an important tourist attraction for individuals interested in river sports. The capital city of the province, also called Vercelli, was most likely founded in the first decades of the second century BC and is today one of the most important cities of art in Piedmont. You should also visit the other towns of the province, including Campertogno; sights here include the Parochial Church of San Giacomo. If you’d like to take in the sights at the Swiss border for a weekend, Vercelli could be perfect for you.