Biella and its land lend themselves much for an out-of-town weekend as a bit longer holiday. Sometimes our out-of-town weekends take us near home, too: did you remember our on the road in Sestriere?
After many years when the textile industry here in Biella lord it uncontested, today, helped by the crisis which brought the field to its knees, people are discovering a slow-tourism on families, children and couples scale wanting to get off the everyday frenzied life and the chaos for a breath of air.
Biella and its land
So we are here for the blog tour #galbiellaconbimbi. We are special correspondents on behalf of Milly and her blog bimbieviaggi to go and discover lots of sights of this land which has really a lot to offer. A land that also the foreign tourist are discovering and appreciating.
Many polenta, many snacks, walking, woods, ancient washboards still untouched that pop out of here and there and they, the rhododendrons of the park, very famous when their blooming explodes absolutely to watch at least once.
In this weekend we went discovering a different and unusual land, on children and young people scale. We propose you here our on the road.
11th April 2015
We are at Pascolo of Reana Regis (Trivero)
Here there is one of the few alpacas’ farming in Italy.
Have you ever seen these animals close to?
It’s useless to say Valeria got lost around these fancies.
They are farmed for their very rare wool: it seems it is warm 5 times more than normal wool.
As a matter of interest: if you decide to take home an alpaca, you know you have to buy at least three. They cannot be alone.
Do you want to know how much is an alpaca? They start from 1800 Euros about but the standard amount of a female is 3000 Euros about.
In these farm holidays some rooms are available.
Alpacas’ wool working
And we attend also the class about alpaca’s wool, working, uses, colours…all very interesting.
Then we move to Agriturismo Cascina Il Faggio (Farm Holidays Il Faggio) to have dinner.
Our room, style furnished, plunged me back into the past many years.
The view on the valley is wonderful and we can enjoy it from the little balcony part of the room.
It’s dinner time.
Local specialties and typical flavours of the area.
The unfailing salami paletta.
It’s getting dark and we admire the far-off lights of the valley before going to bed. See you tomorrow!
12th April 2015
Today we go towards the Adventure Park of Veglio. Do you think it’s a place only for children? Then go and discover the bungee jumping from the bridge with us!
There are many routes and of all sorts of difficulties.
A different way to enjoy oneself and stay in contact with nature among these woods and these very tall trees.
The morning slips by.
Then there’s someone that won’t hear of getting down from the trees!
We go back to Il Faggio for lunch.
Did you know here there’s a little relax area, too, with sauna, Turkish bath and hydro massage?
Early in the afternoon we leave again to Casa delle Capre (Goats’ House).
A few hours to learn everything, just everything about these animals’ farming.
For example, did you know goats drink water and have only the bottom set of teeth?
They are very delicate animals and it’s very difficult to breed them, despite what people think.
Of course, work is really much as in all farming and it never gives stop or rest.
Goat’s cheese in Biella
Eat, milk, clean, make cheese…
We’re really ready. Did you have any doubt?
The curd milk is here ahead of us and we can’t wait to test ourselves as growers.
Who knows what will turn up!
Someone like me, maybe only to eat it!
It’s useless to say it’s really good! What do you think?
In the storeroom there are the toma seasoning.
But there’s time no more. A shoot of the group in full force and it’s time to go back. We move towards Rifugio Escursionistico Andirivieni for dinner.
13th April 2015
This morning we move towards Vermogno where Biella Gold Panner’s Association will make become us very skilled gold panners in the stream’s waters.
Gold Panners in Biella
We arrive at the race arena and we are explained in general the ways in which take place the high level races and those ones in which the common mortals, more modestly, can test themselves prospecting for gold.
First of all some physics and chemistry knowledge won’t do any harm: you have to know that people don’t sieve gold, as usually we can think, but they wash the stones as far as obtaining on the bottom the minute particles of gold which weight more than the other stones.
Here it is the result of a very good sieving.
The minute particles of gold are those yellow little points you are looking at.
Certainly is not a job making you rich but at least you enjoy yourselves enormously and you spend some time in the open air.
Then the minute particles of gold will be put in the specially provided test-tube with water.
No sooner your finger will touch the water, the minute particle will fall on the bottom since it’s heavy.
Are you proud of your “crop”?
You have to know that here people organize also teaching days dedicated to schools.
The Gold Museum
The Gold Museum is a little and very interesting eco-museum, above all when the words of people showing us the history about the museum and the picking of gold during time glowed with passion and enthusiasm.
There are instruments used during time and in the most different places: they take life in the words and in the explanatory panels.
What are you doing here in this corner of Finland, Valeria?
The museum is twined with a little town of Finland, northwards Rovaniemi where we passed, too, and we had the chance to see the land of those gold prospectors. All is born there so the little museum is translated into English, into French (due to the strong migration from these lands towards France) and even into Finnish.
How the many Italian museums should learn from here!