The province of the VCO, which extends from Lake Maggiore to the alpine buttresses of the Monte Rosa massif and is 4,637 m high, is a very extensive area with a great variety of landscapes and natural environments.
In fact, there are many parks and nature reserves in the area, such as ValGrande National Park and Veglia Devero Natural Park.
It is a land of lakes and mountains, in which open landscapes alternate with steep cliffs, forests, canyons, natural lakes and artificial pools.
The Val d'Ossola is the main building crossed by the river Toce. It consists of seven side valleys, which differ from each other but are all of great naturalistic, historical and artistic interest: the Anzasca Valley with its imposing wall of Monte Rosa, the wild and traditional Antrona Valley, the Bognanco Valley, famous for its precious waters is the Divedro Valley, which is connected with the history of the Simplon Pass, the Antigorio valleys and Formazza, the kingdom of wandering in the Lepontine Alps, the Isornotal The Vigezzo valley of painters and chimney sweeps is hidden and unknown. They are valleys to discover, seldom frequented by mass tourism, authentic and rich in testimonies of ancient past, history and wild nature.
Like all mountain valleys, the Ossola valleys are heavily depopulated.
There are only a few left who provide fieldwork, breeding and pastoral care. Nevertheless, the tradition is still very much alive and it is still possible to discover the ancient settlements, testimony to how man has endeavored to draw from nature his source of livelihood.
Today, new forms of economy are born, supporting the presence of human beings in the territory through the enhancement of agricultural and artisanal activities that deliver products in limited quantities, but of high quality and linked to tradition.