Welcome in Val Sermenza, a small but amazing side valley of Valsesia, find it out with us!
Val Sermenza, also known as “Val Piccola” gets its name from the torrent that flows along the whole valley and that, in many tracks, it’s steep-banked in narrow gorges. The territory starts with the village of Balmuccia and extends for 18 kilometers and it ends in the village of Rima, passing through Rossa, Boccioleto and Rimasco. At the height of the artificial lake of Rimasco starts another side valley, the “Val d’Egua” that goes on until Carcoforo.
Every visitor that comes to the valley will be enchanted by the stunning nature, characterized by thick woods and steep slopes which allow to enjoy breathtaking landscapes, and by the ancient architecture of the buildings erected and restored following the typical Valsesian technics of construction, preferring the usage of traditional materials as wood and stone.
The roofs of “piode”, which are large stone labs also known as “beole”, form the cover of Val Sermenza’s houses, they are architectural elements that demonstrate the skills of local artisans and add value and richness to an already fascinating and charming landscape.
The first settlement after Balmuccia, turning right on a secondary road in locality Cerva, is Rossa. Its historical centre is an eloquent reminder of supreme relief architecture, its privileged position permit to enjoy a panoramic view on the underlying valley and the surrounding nature.
Just beyond, after crossing the bridge over the “Cavajone”, we reach the ancient village of Boccioleto, overlooked by a striking monolith known as “Torre delle Giavine”, a real stone tower of great touristic interest.
After a few bends, in stunning position, we get to the little hamlet of Fervento located on a flat area; the valley and the torrent proceed through our mountains, which keep rising their picks until the opening of a junction of Sermenza with Egua torrent.
Here we are in Rimasco, the first locality of the new Municipality of Alto Sermenza, the village is dominated by a suggestive artificial lake, built in 1925, that gives to the landscape a magical atmosphere. This small but gorgeous water mirror recalls many fishing lovers; the fishing season starts in April and it ends the first Sunday of October. Thanks to the opening of the Fun Bob of Alpe Campo of Rimasco, tourist flows have seen an exponential growth allowing families with childen to enjoy the village more. It’s worth mentioning the ancient footpath that leads, in 45 minutes, to the Dorca village, a place of particular historical and cultural interest, and an evidence of the presence, in the past, of the Walser people. The village is well conserved and attended by the shepherds of the area in summertime.
Proceeding for a few kilometers, we arrive at the marvelous village of Rima, the second locality of the new Municipality of Alto Sermenza, which marks the end of the valley and holds the record to be the highest village of Valsesia (1417 m.). The mountain scenery is itself worth the visit of Valsesia.
The mountains of Rima are full of amazing footpaths and ancient huts, some of the most interesting itineraries are: “Giro degli Alpeggi”, which permit to see a great number of alpine pastures in a ring-shaped tour in the surroundings of Rima, and “Traversata Rima-Carcoforo” that, following the G.T.A. path, leads you to the little village of Carcoforo in the adjacent Val d’Egua.
Overlooked by Mount Tagliaferro , Rima is part of the Natural Park of “Alta Valsesia” and it was founded in 12th century by Walser colonist who came from Swiss: in the architecture of houses, which provide wide balconies and large arcades called “lobbie” and also in traditions and customs that are still alive in the village, we can find the characteristic imprint of Walser people.
From the right bank of Rimasco starts “Val d’Egua” and, in a few minutes, we get to the hamlet of Ferrate where we can admire the Church of Mary’s Assumption that boasts a full of colours façade representing, in a painting of excellent workmanship, the subject of “l’Assunta” to whom the church is dedicated.
Proceeding toward, in less than 5 minutes drive, we encounter the shining and green village of Carcoforo, the last one of Val Sermenza. Located in a basin surrounded by woods of firs and larches, the atmosphere is so sweet and the settlement presents the typical Valsesian characteristics; from this village start many footpaths of great tourist interest, together with the one of the G.T.A.