Valsesia, Italy: The Facts

Valsesia, Italy: The Facts

While following the cashmere trail, make Orta San Giulio your base; from there you can easily reach any of the spacci in the region. A car is essential. Arrange for a driver to meet you at the Milan airport or in the city (try Eurolimo, which provides English-speaking drivers on request; 39-0331/777-718, fax 39-0331/789-302), or rent an Alfa Romeo convertible and follow the scent of wool. You'll need two or three days to get the most out of Valsesia-- and the spacci (outlet stores).

Agnona 7 Via Casazza, Borgosesia; 39-0163/202-111, fax 39-0163/202-214.
Loro Piana 10 Corso Rolandi, Quarona; 39-0163/201-807.
Ermenegildo Zegna Bolgheri 31 Strada Trossi, LocalitÀ Verrone, Biella; 39-015/255-8382.
Guabello Spa 4 Via XXIV Maggio, Mongrand, Biella; 39-015/256-5111.
Lanificio Cerruti 40 Via Cernaia, Biella; 39-015/35911.

Villa Crespi 8-10 Via C. Fava, Orta San Giulio; 39-0322/911-902, fax 39-0322/911-919; doubles from $197.
Hotel San Rocco 11 Via Gippini, Orta San Giulio; 39-0322/911-977, fax 39-0322/911-964; doubles from $203. A former monastery with a stately, flower-filled cloister. Rooms are decorated with tasteful simplicity, and some command a view of the lake. Take a trip to the island of San Giulio in the hotel's private launch.

Fashions by Rebecca Moses are sold in the United States at the following stores: Bergdorf Goodman, New York; Linda Dresner, New York and Birmingham, Mich.; Janet Brown, Port Washington, N.Y.; Mitchell's, Westport, Conn.; Toby Lerner, Philadelphia; Harriet Kassman, Washington, D.C.; Jeffrey Atlanta, Atlanta; Marissa, Naples, Fla.; Stanley Korshak, Dallas; Neiman Marcus, Dallas and Los Angeles; Maxfield, Los Angeles; Wilkes Bashford, San Francisco; Nordstrom, Seattle and Portland, Oreg.

-- Mallery Lane

Made in Italy On-Line ( Includes an art exhibition guide, information on regional wines and restaurants, and a monthly Italian fashion newsletter, Bentley's Shopping Guide to Italy for Hedonists and Bargain Lovers, that will leave visions of Prada, Gucci, and Armani dancing in your head.
In Milan ( The shopping guide tells you where to spend the lire you forgot to drop in Valsesia, and how to get reimbursed for the value-added tax you paid on all your purchases.

-- Emily Berquist

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