Cycle routes

La Valle dell'Acqua e l'Oasi Zegna

Biella (79 km)
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Highlights and tour details

 

This  route is designed for cycle enthusiasts, whether they are great cyclists or groups looking for new sceneries.

Starting from the city of Biella then going up the Valle Cervo, (the Acqua valley) followed by  a  "confrontation" of  the wonderful panoramic views of the strada Panoramica Zegna with its descents towards Trivero and the ascents to characteristic mountain villages to  go down again towards the city. Cycle from ATL to Biella in Piazza Vittorio Veneto 3 and at the first roundabout reverse the direction to exit the city, coasting towards Tollegno on the right bank of the Cervo stream where the ancient wool mills and the City of art are located, artistic headquarters of Michelangelo Pistoletto, an internationally renowned artist. Thus begins  the ascent of Valle Cervo, the valley is characterized by the syenite quarries which have determined the architectural characteristics of its villages with the mineral extracted. Pass through the village of Andorno  with its Rapa liqueur famous for the historic ratafià with cherries, then Sagliano Micca, the birthplace of the hero Pietro Micca, military miner in the Savoy army in 1700, who with his sacrifice saved Torino from the siege of the  French army.

On the uphill climb you encounter  the historic Cappellificio Valle Cervo and the rock climbing wall of the hamlet of Balma. You reach Campiglia Cervo with the town hall decorated with coats of arms, to reach Rosazza, the most mysterious village in Biella which is full of architectural symbols linked to fascinating mysteries! This small town is famous for Federico Rosazza, Senator of the Kingdom of Italy, who  as Grand Master of the Freemasons of Biella, held his secret meetings here. We recommend a visit to the Church, to the Castle and  to the Casa Museo dedicated to mountain civilization.

Returning in our tracks, at the junction begins an uphill route along the Panoramica Zegna road which goes through the Oasi Zegna territory,  a mountain reserve of great value which is sponsored by the industrial group Ermenegildo Zegna. As you go uphill, you come across Forgnengo, known as the village of the bear game, a tiny but characteristic comune of Sassaia and Oriomosso. Continue following the indication for Poggio Bruera, note that it is well  worth a stop to admire the spectacular view of the Valle Cervo with its quarries.

As the uphill climb continues more and more views on the plain below can be seen.

You arrive at the old stone inn of Bocchetto Sessera, from where you can access the wonderful wild Alta Val Sessera, an uncontaminated kingdom of nature. Continuing the climb you reach Bielmonte with its ski facilities, mountain pastures and various tourist facilities, among which  a rental point for bikes and an equipped Bike Hotel known as the Bucaneve hotel.

The descent begins, always accompanied by magnificent panoramic views over the Po Valley.

On the left at Bocchetto Margosio is a splendid panorama of Monte Rosa and Alta Val Sessera; then much further down the valley on a hairpin turn is Jeb, an artisanal micro-brewery. If cycling in the spring from mid-May to mid-June, one can see the spectacular and exceptional  flowering of colorful rhododendrons along the sides of the road and the homonymous Conca up to Trivero. From the Zegna Center you go towards the characteristic hamlet of Castagnea  to the agritourism Oro di Berta, a bike hotel, arriving at Trivero again which is home to the historic Ermenegildo Zegna wool mill. Then turn to the characteristic Santuario della Nostra Signora della Brughiera, consisting of two churches, the largest being the  heart of the celebrations but the smallest, ancient dating back to the sixteenth century.

Then go through the hamlet of Barbato home of the Transhumanza ecomuseum, and after going  through other very characteristic villages you reach Mosso S. Maria and uphill to Veglio, crossing the spectacular bridge of the Pistolesa with its unique Bungee Jumping of 152 meters in height and its annexed Adventure Park.

Once in Veglio continue towards the mountain village of Camandona and passing at the foot of the dam flanked by its beautiful waterfall, continue to Callabiana then down towards Pianezze. From there the ascent to the panoramic commune of Pettinengo and then the descent,  which touches  Zumaglia, Vaglio and continuing towards Biella, which can be reached along the right side of the Cervo stream from which the Sella Foundation arises.

Having reached and crossed  over the Chiavazza bridge,  arriving at the ATL headquarters in Biella

Roadbook:

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Location

Information

0,0

Biella - Departure on Via Lamarmora on the opposite side of the ATL Tourist Information Office, eastbound.


At 1.9 km roundabout, straight for Tollegno - left bank of the river.

Recommended parking:

Biella Station - Camper Area with loading and unloading.

0,3

Head towards Andorno.

 

1,9

Straight to Tollegno.

 

2,6

Tollegno

 

4,0

Head to Andorno.

 

5,8

Andorno to Piedicavallo.

 

16,6

Campiglia – Right to Bielmonte

Fontana

18,6

Piaro

At  20,7km fontana

29,7

Bielmonte - from 37,5km downhill dangerous.

Beautiful panorama of the plain. In the square 2 of Bielmonte, a panorama of the Val Sessera and the  range of Monta Rosa.

42,9

Right

 

46,6

Vallemosso – Right to Mosso.

Dangerous crossing. Fontana.

48,9

Mosso – Right to Biella.

 

52,5

Towards Biella.

 

56,6

Pettinengo

Wonderful balcony over Biella area

58,6

Towards Biella

 

68,4

Biella - arrival

Arrive at Via Lamarmora - ATL

 

 

Points of interest

Valle del Cervo - known as the 'stone valley' for the important syenite quarries that constituted the main economic activity in the nineteenth and early twentieth century

Rosazza - Characteristic stone village full of Masonic and esoteric architectural details

Panoramic view over  Zegna and Oasi Zegna

Bielmonte - ski resort and summer sports

Trivero - Casa Zegna, ‘Museo d'Impresa’ -  Business Museum

Valle di Mosso - Textile industry and corporate outlets

Pettinengo - Biella Museum Network: Childhood Museum,  Acquasantini Museum  and Museum of Migration

Zumaglia - Brich di Zumaglia Nature Reserve and castle

 All tourist information on www.atl.biella.it

 

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure and arrival
piazza Vittorio Veneto, 3
Sede ATL Biella
13900 Biella (BI)
Biella
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Links
Biella and Oasi Zegna Video

Accomodation and services

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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 Il Terrazzo
Biella | Bed & Breakfast
B&B Il Terrazzo
The facility offers a large garage for the storage of bicycles, a place to clean them with a pressure washer and a small workshop with maintenance equipment. There is also a laundry and ironing room.
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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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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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