Sanctuary of Saint Bernard
Located at 1,400 m of elevation on Mount Rubello, this church dates back to the 14th century. According to tradition, it was built by residents to celebrate the capture of Fra' Dolcino and his companion Margherita, who had taken refuge on these peaks, by troops led by the Bishop of Vercelli (23 March 1307). It is said that that the same year, the building was raised in just fifty hours, using the remains of rebel fortifications to build it. The sanctuary itself was built in 1839: a vast portico was created around the main building and accommodations for the faithful were built above the church. In time, modifications and restorations were done, and precisely during the renovations of 1936, workers found tips of lances, remains of spades and ice crampons vintage from the Dolcinian Era. Today, these objects are preserved in the Museum del Territorio Biellese. A legendary aura hovers over this place: it is said that there is a cave ( called the "Devil's Lair") where the treasure of the Dolciniani is hidden. When there is a red sunset, they say that the flames of hell reflect on the façade of the sanctuary because the devil comes out of hell to accuse St. Bernard of his defeat. From the sanctuary, it is take a short walk along the path inside of the Zegna Oasis, called the "Walk of Saint Bernard" to enjoy a spectacular panorama that stretches from the Po Valley to the Alps.
The Zegna Oasis is a vast mountainous area that includes Valle Mosso, Valsessera and Valle Cervo, which is crossed by the panoramic road Zegna.
Created out of an initiative of entrepreneur Ermenegildo Zegna, who replanted the mountain with conifers, rhododendrons and hydrangeas to create a wonderful alpine landscape, this is the ideal place for outdoor sports in both summer and winter, in contact with nature while respecting the mountain ecosystem.