Not far from Accademia UNIDEE you can find numerous places of environmental and landscape interest. Here are some of them, just to give you an idea.
The cells dedicated to vitiviniculture are integral parts of a museum mosaic made of objects, techniques, structures and materials. External routes radiate from the Ricetto: the green itinerary towards the Baraggia, the red itinerary towards the “laboratory vineyard”, the blue itinerary towards churches and frescos. Candelo’s ecomuseum preserves its cultural heritage and the connections created by its community throughout the centuries; housed across a few cellars, the Ecomuseum of Vitiviniculture documents the ancient agricultural vocation of Candelo’s population.
If you happen to come across paeonias, martagon lilies, mountain arnica along with Japanese roses, Himalayan primroses or heather or bellflowers or edelweiss, you’re probably at Oropa’s Botanical Gardens, which is not a Tower of Babel of vegetation, but a small “feud” of the Plants Kingdom where specimens of the main categories used by botanists to classify the over 250.000 species growing on our planet are gathered.
In Oropa’s Botanical Gardens (an area of 10.700 sqm 1.200 m a.s.l.), skills, study and constant care make it possible for many different species, subspecies and varieties of plants to live side by side against all odds. Full of plants but also of itineraries, inspirations and activities for children and grown-ups, the Gardens have an average of 7.000 visitors between May and September. The visit is on foot; traffic, noises and stress must be left in the Sanctuary’s parking lot next to the lower station of the cable car that takes you to Mount Mucrone.
Thanks to its educational and suggestive approach, the structure is effective in engaging the public with the world of plants and in raising awareness about the importance of respecting nature. It conducts activities and projects aiming at preserving endangered plants and species, in collaboration with Regione Piemonte’s Bank of Vegetable Germplasm.
Starting in the 1930s, Ermenegildo Zegna planned and funded this panoramic route linking Trivero to Andrate, in the Canavese area, which still carries his name. He transformed a mountain territory into a harmonic garden planted with half a million conifers and hundreds of rhododendrons and hortensias.
Following in the footsteps of its founder and showing his same commitment towards his native land, the Ermenegildo Zegna Group has now created the Oasi Zegna. The project develops along the panoramic route for a stretch of 26 km between Trivero and Rosazza.
Aimed at valuing the territory, it offers visitors a concrete opportunity for a dialogue with nature, relying on an innovative signage system.
Candelo’s Ricetto is a late-medieval (13th – 14th century) fortification built by the local farming community without the help of any feudatory lord, on a piece of land originally belonging to the Vialardis, a noble family from Villanova, and eventually redeemed by the Candelese population.
A “ricetto” is a structure erected to preserve a farming community’s most precious commodities, i.e. the products of the land, in particular grains and wine. In situations of extreme danger, the population would also seek refuge between its walls for brief periods of time.
Candelo’s ricetto has a pseudo-pentagonal shape, occupies an area of about 13.000 sqm and is surrounded by defensive walls made of river stones laid in a herringbone pattern (opus spicatum); four towers placed at its four corners guaranteed its defence, and half way along the north wall was the square curtain tower.
The secret to its excellent state of conservation, which makes it a unique specimen of its kind, is the perpetuation of its use in connection with the farming activity, which has characterised it until very recent times and in part still characterises it today. Candelo’s Ricetto, unlike many others that used to be dotted around Piedmont (over 200, 112 of which in the Biellese area, now destroyed or transformed beyond recognition), has undergone relatively very few changes.
Is it a park or a garden? It’s both. In Burcina, the two landscape elements merge into a single perfectly balanced organism. The biodiversity of this natural reserve is vast: beeches, English oaks, holm oaks, maple trees, oaks and birches, next to blossoms coming from all over the world. Its reference point is the “Library of Nature”, a project by the local WWF branch in collaboration with the body managing foot-of-the-mountain reserves and water lands, part of a wider plan of enhancement of the territory activated in recent years by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Biella.
A place full of history, from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution.
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