The Accademia is an international educational centre of excellence and research on the most topical issues of the contemporary world.
It is located in Biella, part of the UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, with a prestigious history of entrepreneurship and innovativeness.
At the foot of the Alps, not far from both Milan and Turin, with endless opportunities for outdoor sports and contact with nature.
Its campus occupies a magnificent 19th century industrial complex, immersed in a landscape of rare beauty made of mountains, woods and rivers. Its vast spaces are bright and flexible, the perfect setting for a unique university experience.
The Biellese area represents one of the most interesting industrial districts in Italy because its ability to constantly renew itself and to compete on the world market thanks to the excellence of its products finds its roots in a centuries-old history of a mountain territory that was able to transform its wool working tradition into a modern industry.
The historical memory of its technical and economic cultural heritage (archives, knowledges, artefacts, industrial buildings, machinery) is for the most part still preserved by Biellese companies and families. The archives, in particular, constitute an important cultural resource.
The history of the local industry ran parallel to the history of the Italian unification. Travelling along its roads, you see a landscape telling the tale of over 150 years of innovation, mainly linked to the textile sector. Active or disused factories are everywhere, some dating back to the 19th century, others to the 20th, many of which have now been repurposed and house important cultural institutions.