Sesia – Val Grande Geopark (UNESCO)
How to get
By car: motorway A26 Genova Voltri – Gravellona Toce; follow SS 33 Gravellona Toce – Sempione, exit Vogogna.
During the 12th European Geopark Conference (2013) was held the ceremony announcing the new geoparks of the international and European Network. Including the Sesia-Val Grande Geopark. The European Geoparks Network (EGN), has been created in 2000 and consolidated in 2004 with the establishment of the UNESCO Geoparks Global Network.
The Geopark includes Valsesia, Valsessera, Val Strona,Val Cannobina, the National Park Val Grande and middle Ossola, all places united by geological, geomorphological, and Geomineral landscape exceptional characteristics internationally recognized by universities and scholars.
The National Park Val grande has set up in Vogogna the “Geolab”, visitor center dedicated to the geopark and the geological features of Val Grande. It is a space equipped with observation instruments for the study and teaching of subjects related to the Earth Sciences. It is also equipped with a collection of thin sections of the main rocks of the area and collected mineralogical and lithological pieces. Interactive devices illustrate the main themes relating to geology of this important alpine sector.
Between Vogogna and Premosello Chiovenda has also been set up the geological path “Viaggio nelle profondità della Terra”, journey into the depths of the Earth, informative itinerary equipped with 10 explanatory panels.