Biella is a nice city located North of Turin that very few people know which is also a charming and very interesting city to visit.
Biella is very famous for the textile and wool industry, they are famous worldwide for the textile industry and the real made in Italy.
Biella is located in the beautiful scenery at the foot of the Alps and the Bo mountain surrounded by beautiful mountain lakes and rivers.
On top of the beautiful scenery, the mountains and the lakes you can also find a city rich with culture and nice buildings and museums to visit.
Here in this short guide of Biella, I will tell you where to start your trip in this cute city and where to go eat some awesome food.
If you like to visit a city with not a lot of tourists, clean and at the same time rich in culture and places to visit go to Biella.
Biella What To Do
Biella is a pretty small city, there are three districts that divide the city called Biella Piazzo, Biella Piano and Biella Chiavazza.
Biella Piazzo and Biella Piano are the oldest districts and they are connected by a beautiful old funicular that still works perfectly.
The city center is medieval and you will be able to explore it all in a few hours, this is the lower part of the city where you can find Piazza Cisterna.
The Gromo Palace is another building to visit because of its beauty. You can also visit Palazzo Ferrero, Palazzo Cisterna and the Parish Church of San Giacomo.
The Duomo Of Biella is a Baptistery and a perfect example of Lombard Romanesque art and, together with the eight-story bell tower and the Duomo, is the symbol of Biella.
The Funicolare of Biella was constructed many years ago and is a beautiful thing to get to reach the higher part of the city.
Walking along the Panoramica Zegna, with a view of the Mount Rosa, you will arrive at the Oasi Zegna, with 27 marked and equipped trails for hiking.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
Parco della collina di S. Gerolamo,
Porta Della Torrazza,
Palazzo Dei Principi Di Masserano,
Il Santuario di Oropa,
Riserva Naturale Della Bessa.
Food In Biella
This region of Italy is close to the mountains and one of the most popular food in the mountains is called polenta.
Here in Biella, you will be able to find a variation of the regular polenta and this is called Polenta Concia, a delicious polenta dish made with delicious cheese and cornflour.
I am not a big fan of polenta, usually, the one that makes my grandma (she is a beach girl) is not as good as the one that you find in the mountains.
In fact, the polenta that you will eat in a city where polenta is popular will be pretty good to eat.
Cheese and polenta are the main dishes in the area but not because of that you will not be able to find awesome food.
In fact, in Biella, you will be able to find many restaurants that will serve any kind of food from the Italian tradition.
The Sacoccia is a traditional dish of Biella made with fresh eggs and fresh vegetables cooked in a particular way to make it awesome.
If you want to check out some recipes here is a good link of these plates:
Salam ‘d l’Ula,
Biella is a very small town located at the foot of some of the nicest mountains in the world. The atmosphere in the city is of a total relax and peace that you will never wanna leave.
The city center is made of a lower part and a higher part that can be reached with a beautiful funicular that still works perfectly.
The city center is medieval and you will be able to find a lot of beautiful churches and majestic palaces that are worth your time to explore a visit.
Food in Biella is awesome, you will be able to find a lot of Italian traditional dishes and of course the Polenta and the Polenta Concia which is a variation of polenta with a lot of great cheese added to the recipe.
I hope that you got a bit curious and that by now you want to give it a try to visit Biella as well.
What you could do is to spend a day visiting Turin, and then going to sleep to Biella which is cheap, wake up in the middle of the mountains and have a nice relaxed next morning in a calm and fantastic city.
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