Rossetti Valentini School of Fine Arts

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How to get

By car: from the A26, take the Superstrada for Sempione. Follow the subsequent signs for Valle Vigezzo.
By train: There is a railway station at Santa Maria Maggiore


The Rossetti Valentini School of Fine Arts is the only school of applied arts active in the Alps and that has been running for 145 years!

Established in 1878 by Giovanni Maria Rossetti Valentini, after a fifty-year career as a painter and teacher in France, he soon became the focal point of artistic and intellectual activities and, with maestro Enrico Cavalli, who had studied in France and who had always maintained strong ties with that country’s artistic movements, the school became a unique institution in the Alps.

Among the most well-known students of the School are some of the great painters from Vigezzo who are still considered masters of portraiture and landscape, such as Giovan Battista Ciolina (1870-1955), Carlo Fornara (1871-1968), Lorenzo Peretti jr (1871 1953) and Giovanni Maria Rastellini (1869-1927).

Today the School of Fine Arts, completely renovated and expanded in 2022, is the hub of activities that make the Valle dei Pittori a special place where art exists every day: temporary and permanent exhibitions, a rich calendar of courses and workshops with contemporary artists, walking itineraries among the landscapes painted by Vigezzo Masters, artistic residencies, events.

The School is open to the public from June 25th to September 10th, 2023, every day from 10 am to 1 pm/ from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Closed on Mondays.

From September 16th to November 26th, it will be open only on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm / from 4 pm to 6 pm

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