Nestled in the green hills between Valsessera and Valsesia, Guardabosone is a pretty village where you can still breathe in ancient medieval atmospheres.


The town, established around the year 1000, has managed to preserve the typical period architecture as a result of skilful restoration work. Walls, enclosed courtyards, ancient buildings and winding alleys make walking through the medieval centre of the town a pleasant experience.

The parish church is dedicated to St. Agatha and officially obtained parish autonomy in 1626, when it detached from Crevacuore. The Mazzietti sundial, located on the north wall of the church and created in 1880 by Pietro Mazzietti, is of considerable importance. The sundial takes the form of a double clock, where the upper part is a clock that marks the hours according to the canons prevalent in the 19th century, while the lower part is a sundial that marks true noon and mean noon on the meridian of Rome.

A curious detail: Guardabosone is the smallest municipality in the province of Vercelli, and counts about 340 inhabitants.

Museum of Ancient Trades

living museum village

Museums to visit include the Museum of Ancient Trades, set up in a farmhouse; the Natural Science Museum, which houses numerous fossils, minerals and specimens of stuffed animals; the Museum of Sacred Art and a beautiful botanical garden.

A path also starts from the Oratorio dei Torni and leads to the Church of the Madonna di Loreto, located in a panoramic position on the hill of Luppia. Visiting the ancient medieval village of Guardabosone is a great way to spend a day of art, nature and traditions.

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