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Le nostre offerte turistiche

A Miagliano  cosa potete visitare?

Possiamo mettere a disposizione i nostri servizi:

Visita al  Villaggio operaio

Visita alla fabbrica e al magazzino della lana sucida

Visita alla Centrale idroelettrica

Visita alle nostre esposizioni

Possiamo offrirvi 1, 2 o 3 giorni  alla scoperta del Biellese, della Valle Cervo e dell’Oasi Zegna in collaborazione con il Consorzio Alpi Biellesi

Volete un esempio?

Un fine settimana alla scoperta del paese, del villaggio e dell’ archeologia industriale 

Dove mangiare e dormire?

Agriturismo Alpe Moncerchio

Possiamo personalizzare il vostro viaggio.

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The Wool Experience project.

In Italy there are hundreds, if not thousands, of hidden treasures. Well away from the beautiful  cities of Rome, Florence and Venice, distant from the large industrial cities in the north, one can find areas of Italy which have developed into clusters of manufacturing excellence. In the Biella district, north of the rice  fields of Vercelli and at the very foot of the Italian Alps, they used the water both to provide energy to the mills and  also to facilitate the many textile processes which are required to make the best quality cloth.

Over a thousand years of wool processing has left its mark on the whole area. Water courses, chimneys, small derelict mills,  workers villages, hydroelectric plants, some of the best known names in the textile world still  have their roots in the very green valleys of north Piemonte.  In the Cervo valley, villages still hug the mountainside, positioned to receive as much sunlight as possible in the winter months. Many of these have few habitants today, but visitors enjoy exploring the narrow passages, the sound of water trickling from the fountains in the background.

The larger villages, such as Miagliano, were the perfect place for entrepreneurs such as Sig Poma to build one of his cotton mills, but his ideas  would have a lasting effect on the surrounding areas.  He rebuilt Miagliano along the lines of similar textile villages in the north of Europe, and provided many services for his workers, such as housing, medicine and food.  He also built a narrow gauge railway to Biella, to transport cotton, coal  and workers.

Since the demise of the Poma empire, the village and factory has undergone many changes and has housed many textile enterprises. Every one of them has left their mark, and the mill is now living its fourth “rebirth”. Wool. Raw greasy wool. The same material that has been used for many centuries and created much wealth in the whole of Europe. Today, since the development of synthetic fibres, wool has lost much of its importance, but it is still essential to the textile industry, being natural, renewable and sustainable.  Here is  the only wool collection centre in Italy, where wool is still sorted by hand, as no machine has yet been developed that can perform this operation.

Other parts of the factory have been converted into exhibition and theatrical areas. This sector is an essential link between yesterday, today and tomorrow, here in Miagliano.

4 floors below the factory, 2 water driven turbines turn out enough electrical energy to supply the whole of Miagliano.

The Wool Experience project is very much in its infancy.  It is Work in progress. However this offers the opportunity to the visitor not only to see things how they were in the past but  also  hopes to stimulate the visitor  to imagine how things could be in the future, here in Miagliano.  A unique project for a unique territory.

There are many places to stay in the biellese area,  which is certainly the prettiest wool manufacturing district in the world.  Visit the website of Consorzio Alpi Biellesi, to see other attractions and hospitality which will make your weekend unique and extremely relaxing.