Cycle routes

La miniera d'oro della Bessa: Pista ciclabile dei Cumuli di Ciottoli

da Zubiena a Cerrione (2 km)
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Highlights and tour details

The Special Nature Reserve in  Bessa is 8 kilometers long and has an average width of one kilometer, it  is one of the most evocative archaeological sites in Piedmont. An  open-cast gold mine exploited by the ancient Romans between the second and the  first centuries BC, today presents a mysteriously fascinating landscape with an articulated network of paths between valleys rich in vegetation and pebble dunes up to 10 meters high. It is crossed by 3 cycle paths with a total length of approximately 10 km, mostly flat or with low gradients requiring moderate effort, suitable for the use of mountain bikes; excursions can be made along these routes, which are properly marked, in the spring and during autumn.

The Cumuli di Ciottoli cycle path starts from the Visitation Center of Vermogno (Zubiena), a central hub of the nature reserve and the starting point for all the main itineraries; arriving at Cerrione, Cava Barbera, where it reaches the Vecchie Cave cycle track, another MTB path within the reserve. The route does not present difficulties, the difference in level is modest and the paths surface is suitable for MTB.

 

Points of interest

Bessa’s  special Natural Reserve

Search for gold in the Elvo stream,  www.cercatoridoro.it

All tourist information is available on the Local Tourist Office of the Biellese website www.atl.biella.it

 

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure and arrival
Vermogno
Centro visite di Vermogno
13888 Zubiena (BI)
Biella
Arrival
Località Cava Barbera
13882 Cerrione (BI)
Biella
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Accomodation and services

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B&B Casa del Movimento Lento
Biella | Bed & Breakfast
B&B Casa del Movimento Lento
Casa del Movimento Lento is a haven for travellers, a place for meeting and sharing along the Via Francigena. In the tranquillity of the B&B, you can switch off and take time out, exploring on foot or by bicycle a beautiful and little known territory. It matters little if you are walking towards …
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B&B IL CORTILE
Biella | Bed & Breakfast
B&B IL CORTILE
Old renovated farmhouse on the outskirts of Biella just 3 km from the center. The property is surrounded by green countryside with a beautiful view of the Biella Alps and the view of the dome of Oropa. For our guests we have three double rooms all with private bathroom, TV, air conditioning and …
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B&B MIMOSA
Biella | Bed & Breakfast
B&B MIMOSA
The passion for art gives way to a home that is as warm and welcoming as a blanket, a small and peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A second home where one is happy to return to rediscover how precious it is to regain one’s own well-being.
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CASCINA BELSITO
Biella | Bed & Breakfast
CASCINA BELSITO
Typical restored Piedmontese farmhouse, located on a hillside, which is accessed from a private road with indoor parking. Built on two floors, the last floor is an attic and tastefully furnished: parquet floor of chestnut wood recovered from old planks, exposed brick and roof beams make the …
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LA LOCANDA DI SANT’ANTONIO ABATE
Biella | Bed & Breakfast
LA LOCANDA DI SANT’ANTONIO ABATE
Locanda di Sant’Antonio Abate is located in the medieval centre of Viverone, in a 17th/18th courtyard building restored directly by the owners in a totally non-conventional manner: it faces onto the old main street of the town, now officially recognised as a section of the Via Francigena (and …
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NonsoloMTB tours
Biella | Licensed bike tour guides
NonsoloMTB tours
Nonsolomtb-tours was set up by three friends passionate about MTB, nature and the area of Biella. Their goal is to reveal the beauties, landscapes and small-scale realities of this magnificent territory that is still relatively unknown. Lele, Roberto and Mattia look forward to accompanying you on …
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Santo Stefano SPA Relais
Biella | Hotels and tourist residences
Santo Stefano SPA Relais
Nestled in greenery, in an oasis of total relaxation, strategically located a few km from Biella, between Milan and Turin, the Santo Stefano SPA Relais offers delightful relaxing accommodation where you decide the pace of your stay. As delightful as waking up in the greenery of the Biella …
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