The town is located in the valley of Valsesia where the River Sesia runs, and it is around 35 km from Varallo along the SS299. This is a true undisturbed paradise for skiers and nature lovers alike. Alagna is around 1200 metres above sea level.
The town's lift pass takes you through Pianalunga up to Passo Salati and connects with Alagna and other towns on the Monte Rosa peak, including Gressoney and Champoluc in the Aosta Valley. The area is well known for being a Freeride Paradise and as well as off piste, there are a good choice of slopes for all level. The peaks range from 2046 to 2980 metres above sea level.
The town attracts many visitors in its two peak season; winter ski season, and summer hiking season. There is a very special atmosphere here and many festivals throughout the year. It is a small town with only 400 residents and has a main street which is a pedestrian zone. There is a church and a handful of restaurants.
The 36 km of River Sesia offers much opportunity for water sports. You can participate in river rafting, canoeing, kayaking, canyoning and more in various places along the river. Hiking options in the area are endless and a destination that is worth travelling for is Val Vogna about 6 km from Alagna or about 3.5 km from Riva Valdobbia.
A major attraction in Alagna beyond nature's own treasures is the town's cable car, through the staging at Pianalunga goes up to Passo Salati, and thus connects Alagna with other towns by Monte Rosa- massif, including Gressoney in Aosta Valley. When you arrive in Pianalunga it is 2,046 metres above sea level, while Passo Salati is at 2,980 metres altitude, which is far above the tree line, as shown in the images. The cable car departs from the centre of Alagna.
The town of Riva Valdobbia is just 2km away and is connected by the main road and the River Sesia. You can take the scenic route on foot along the river. Riva Valdobbia is a small and very nice well preserved village with a cosy central piazza and a historic church San Michele and an outlet. Otherwise there is a butcher and a post office.