Riserva Speciale del Sacro Monte di Varallo


Protected Area

Identity Card

  • Land Surface Area: 21.68 ha
  • Lower altitude (m): 455
  • Higher altitude (m): 650
  • Regions: Piemonte
  • Provinces: Vercelli
  • Municipalities: Varallo
  • Establishment Measures: LR 30 28/04/1980 - L.R. 19/2009 e L.R. 19/2015
  • PA Official List: EUAP0361




Despite the territory of the Reserve has been deeply modified by man because of years of gradual abandonment, the forest has slowly covered again the area, and the floristic element has been enriched with 421 different species.
Within the sacred enclosure, the natural environment is deeply influenced by man and has assumed the aspect of a Renaissance garden: a small organ-pipe beech tree forest and some centuries-old specimens of box-trees, yews, ilexes, and smooth-leaved elms are of great interest.
The presence of characteristic pre-mountain bird species is not particularly significant because of the strong human presence.

Photo by Nature

The Reserve

Sacro Monte di Varallo is managed by a regional authority called Riserva Naturale Speciale del Sacro Monte di Varallo.
Riserva Naturale Speciale del Sacro Monte di Varallo was established by Regione Piemonte with law n° 28 of 30th April 1980 in order to safeguard the environmental and landscape features of Sacro Monte, guarantee the recovery and preservation of the historical-religious complex, and favor its use with scientific, cultural, and educational purposes.

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