Land of creativity


For the first time in Biella’s history all the 74 Mayors of its Province signed a Manifesto of Endorsement to support the Candidacy of Biella UNESCO Creative City, a project of the whole territory, founded on the past and future identity of this land of wool and textile excellence. This is the result of a shared journey which has been lasting for several months, through workshops and meeting in the territory.

The Candidacy of Biella represents then the will, the cohesion and the commitment of the whole territory. 

The flag of Biella Candidacy to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network has been travelling through an extraordinary and very diversified area. 700 km of routes and streets connect a province of 913 kmq: from the Lake of Viverone to Rosazza pastures, from Ricetto of Candelo to the rice fields of Massazza, from mountains to hills and land and the city of Biella, of course.

This is an extraordinary result and it rewards all the people that worked hard to build and support this Candidacy – this is the comment of Biella’s Prefect Annunziata Gallo. They were able to express the profound meaning of this Candidacy for the City. I have rarely seen a territory so able to work together and to involve all the institutions and the cultural bodies in a common and shared project. It’s a great commitment I will underline and bring as good example in every highest institutional contexts.

The choral commitment is also supported by the active endorsement of the Piedmont Region, which considers the Candidacy of Biella as part of “the project of valorisation of the economy, culture and tourism of the Region”, as the President of Piedmont Region Alberto Cirio explains. “The project aims to promote a territory full of great potentialities”, the Mayor of Biella Claudio Corradino adds.


In volo sul Biellese

From the top the precious treasures of the Biellese

Text by Roberto Azzoni | Pictures by Fabrizio Lava

The land and nature surrounding Biella is not considered to be rich and prosperous in that it is mainly made of stones and water. Small pebbles coming originally from the well known “Cervo” creek were refined and used from mason masters to build the bell tower of Santo Stefano during the XI century located in the center of the country, other pebbles were instead arranged into mysterious heaps which recall the history of Bessa, an open sky ancient mine dating from thousands of years ago from which, first the Vittimuli population and later the Romans, extracted tons of gold in the last two centuries b.c. Another distinctive feature are the stone tiles from the Bursch caves which remind the old pastures inhabited by numerous families of local breeders and ancestors.

Where stones and pebbles had been crucial in building construction, water soon became another major resource, essential to the production of various forms of textile handicrafts and that, at only few centuries from the construction of the bell tower (a representative symbol of Biella), was already a main productive sector capable of describing the statutes: that of the drapers dates back to 1348.

These are just few but significant elements of that small portion of northern Italy known as Biellese, located in between the mountain ranges of Valle d’Aosta, Valsesia and Vercellese with one border touching the Canavese. Geographically speaking the territory is located in the northwestern side of Piemonte, not many degrees over the 45th parallel and has a pentagonal shape with two mountainous sides which form the Biellesi Alps, two hilly sides and one flat side. The distance between the two poles in latitude measures about 45 kilometres, in longitude measure 35 kilometres and the overall surface does not reach 1.000 squared kilometres measuring 955 km2...

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