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The old quarter of Piazzo, situated on an isolated and easily defensible plateau, was officially founded in 1160. Its various historical tribulations which made it a perfect haven for first generation immigrants in the ‘60s and ‘70s, also saw to it that, because of the reduced economic circumstances of the latter, Piazzo retained its original form, and restructuring of buildings was kept to the bare minimum. Thanks to these historical factors of recent times, it is still possible today to wander through the streets of Piazzo and breathe an air of times past, walking under colonnades which have remained unaltered and crossing cobblestoned alleyways which have maintained the charm of times long gone. On your first attempts to wander off the main street you will lose yourself among the the various blocks of houses. But it is fascinating to get lost in this way, and it can help us to rediscover a more human dimension and a form of intimate communion with ourselves. The ancient buildings and churches transmit a sense of eternity and immutability. Set as they are, one against the other, they give the impression of wanting to unite their forces against all the indiscriminate urbanisation which is implacably taking over everything further down on the plain. The funicular railway is worthy of special attention.


Biella Piazzo - Piazza Cucco, 10/b 13900 - Biella - Tel./Fax 015 26342 - P.IVA 01887830022 - C.F. PSSBNT67T11A859Z

Silence reigns supreme in this place, thanks in part to the fact that the use of cars is limited to residents only; but this silence is not simply the absence of sound. Walking through the streets of Piazzo means hearing long lost sounds, hearing the sound of your own footsteps on the ground or the noise of the wind blowing through the buildings; and when it rains, savouring each drop that caresses the roofs of the houses. Our premises open face Piazza Cucco, with its splendid view of the Biella mountains resting on the valley below. This panorama is particularly appealing at sunset, when a light which is not too strong plays gently on the valley and gives us the illusion of being able to touch the mountains simply by stretching out our hands. And who knows, perhaps if we close our eyes, we believe we really can.

It came into service in 1886 and was originally powered by water, was later electrified and subsequently moved on to electronic control. 177 metres long, it connects the town itself with the quarter of Piazzo.