Biella is located at the foot of mountain ranges abounding in springs that feed the streams that have powered local industries for centuries and nourish a green region where you can enjoy luxuriant and unspoiled nature. Biella’s water is famous for its purity and its qualities, and it accompanies a centuries-old culinary tradition strengthened by the food culture represented by SLOW FOOD. Alongside the industrial aspect, Biella offers an uncontaminated environment to be discovered. There are four natural parks officially recognised by Regione Piemonte, the best known of which is Oasi Zegna, an example of a territory symbol of natural beauty.
Biella is a lively city, rich in cultural inputs and entrepreneurial, manufacturing and industrial relationships, positioned in a logistically strategic area of northern Italy, at the centre of the MITO, i.e. Milan and Turin metropolitan belts, home to the largest commercial, manufacturing and industrial hub in the Italian territory. In 2019 Biella was recognised as a UNESCO Creative City.
Accademia Unidee – Fondazione Pistoletto’s Academy of Fine Arts – is 72 km from Turin, 86 from Aosta, 100 from Milan and 115 from Lugano.
Distance from other Piedmontese main cities: 42 km from Vercelli, 56 km from Novara, 97 km from Alessandria and Verbania, 92 km from Asti and 158 km from Cuneo.
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.