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Vercelli is a city and commune of about 47.000 inhabitants in the province of Vercelli, northern Italy. Vercelli is one of the oldest urban sites in northern Italy and it according to most historians, it was founded around the year 600 BC. Vercelli is situated on the river Sesia in the plain of the River Po, between Milan and Turin. Vercelli is an important centre for the cultivation of rice, and is surrounded by paddy fields. Today, Vercelli has a university of literature and philosophy as a part of the Universita del Piemonte Orientale.
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Vercelli Cathedral is the main church of the city of Vecelli in Piedmont, Italy. The church is dedicated to Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, the first bishop. The cathedral possesses both an important treasury, now a museum, and an important library, housing the Vercelli Book and the Codex Vercellensis. The Vercelli Cathedral was built in the 16th century, and rebuilt in the 19th century. It is a beautiful building that must not be missed if you are in the surrounding area.
The Basilica di Sant'Andrea is the church of a monastery in Vercelli, Piedmont, founded in 1219 by Cardinal Guala Bicchieri and completed in 1227. It represents an early example of Gothic architecture in Italy, inspired by Cistercian models and featuring Romanesque models elements as well. The basilica is built on the Latin Cross plan, with a nave and two aisles of six bays each. Artworks include the funerary monument of Abbot Thomas Gallus, with a fresco of Lombard School. In the first chapel, there is a 15th century painted crucifix.
Viotii International Music Competition is a music competition named after the Italian composer and violonist Giovanni Battista Viotti. The competition is dedicated primarily to piano and opera singing, but also features sections for violin, chamber music, oboe, guitar, dance and composition. If you happen to be in the time of the festival in Vercelli, be sure not to miss out on it.