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The Sacred Mount of Varallo
 
Protected Area Varallo

The Special Natural Reserve of the Sacred Mount of Varallo

Surface area: 22 hectares,
Elevation: 455 - 650 metres,
Environment: hilly,
Year of founding as a Special Natural Park of the Piemonte Region: 1980.

The Sacred Mount of Varallo is the most important of the pre-alpine Sacred Mounts from the point of view of its artistic and historical significance and also for its naturalistic make-up, rich with autochthonous and exotic plants arranged following the patterns of the Italian renaissance gardens, that had the objective of emphasising the nearby architectural structures.

Although the territory of the Reserve has been profoundly altered by man, following years of gradual abandonment slowly the forest covering has returned and floral elements have developed which today count up to 421 species.
Inside the sacred area, the natural environment has been strongly shaped by man to resemble the typical gardens Renaissance Italy. The area features an “organ-pipe” wood of beech trees, some individual, centuries-old trees of various species including boxwood, yew, ilex and field elm.
The bird and fauna population is typical pre-mountain and not particularly significant, due to the strong anthropic pressures.


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