Santa Maria Maggiore



The village of Santa Maria Maggiore, intact in its wonderful mountain architecture, is located in the Vigezzo Valley, also known as the Valley of the Painters or the Valley of the Chimney Sweeps. Not many people know that Santa Maria Maggiore hosts the International Gathering of Chimney Sweeps every year and even has a museum dedicated to them. Inaugurated in 1983, the exhibition shows the hard work of the chimney sweep throughout history, a craft typical of the area. Right in the centre of the village stands its parish church: the imposing and majestic Church of Santa Maria Assunta Vergina, rebuilt between 1733 and 1742 on the site of the previous (Romanesque) 12th-century church. For lovers of relaxing walks, finally, do not miss the Pineta.



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