(30 Km away)

A historic park situated on the Brik Burcina a gentle hill near the Biella Alps. It originated from the mid-19th Century, where Giovanni Piacenza began to buy various terrains in order to plant sequoias, Atlas cedars, pines, etc. For almost 50 years his son Felice worked relentlessly day after day to continue acquiring land, tracing roads and paths and to planting the spectacular rhododendron valley, which is particularly enchanting in mid-May.

It is quite unusual that the Piacenza, as an industrialist, did not use architects when creating the composition of landscape, yet he himself was an architect. The result of his unorthodox method is a romantic one: showcasing the pond, marketplace, groves, valley of rhododendrons and finally the views of the mountains from Monviso to Adamello. The last descendent of the Piacenza family continues to preside over the Park, although it is owned by the Biella Commune.

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