Place: Vercelli

Name: Vercelli
Place type: city
Description: Vercelli is one of the oldest urban sites in northern Italy. The city is situated on the river Sesia in the plain of the river Po between Milan and Turin. It is an important centre for the cultivation of rice, and is surrounded by paddy fields, which are flooded in summer. The world's first university funded by public money was established in Vercelli in 1228. Today it has a university of literature and philosophy as a part of the Università del Piemonte Orientale and a satellite campus of the Politecnico di Torino.
People:  Sassi, Francesco