Rossetti Valentini Art Gallery

Santa Maria Maggiore
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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 historic Rossetti Valentini Art Gallery is in Santa Maria Maggiore, the central village of the beautiful Vigezzo Valley, called – with good reason – the “Painters’ Valley”. The Gallery is housed on the upper floor of the School of Fine Arts, and contains some of the most significant examples of the Vigezzo school of painting, with pride of place going to portraits.

The School of Fine Arts was founded in 1879 by the local painter Gian Maria Rossetti Valentini, who started giving free art classes at his own expense. He himself taught these classes for over ten years, fostering the talent of the best artists in the area. In his will he left his entire fortune to the School of Fine Arts, and since then prints, drawings, statues, plaster casts, musical instruments, and the school’s library have been available for viewing by the public and conserved with the greatest care. 

The old Art School (which still offers drawing and painting classes for adults and children) preserves a collection of works by the great artists from the Valley, including Carlo Fornara, Cavalli, Giorgis and Rossetti Valentini himself.

Drawing and painting courses are held during the summer, while the Woodworking School holds winter classes to teach the craft of working in wood. 

The Gallery is open to the public in July and August, from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 16.00 to 19.30.

More details

Rossetti Valentini Art Gallery
Tel. +39 336 236151

Municipality of Santa Maria Maggiore