Palazzo Gromo Losa was originally an elegant noble residence, owned by the Gromo Losa counts from the 18th century on. The original nucleus of the complex is the northeastern wing, overlooking Corso del Piazzo, which most likely dates from the 14th century. Over the following centuries the building was extended to its present dimensions. At the end of the 19th century the palazzo was acquired by the Rosminian Sisters of Providence, who founded the “Beata Vergine d’Oropa” (B.V.O.) Institute here. In time the school became an important point of reference for the whole Biella education system.
In 2004 it was bought by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Biella, which maintained its cultural vocation, giving space to various Biella associations and carrying out a thorough restoration. This included the transformation of what had been the gym into a modern multimedia auditorium and the creation of elegant galleries for exhibitions and shows on the lower ground floor. The restoration works were further enhanced by the transformation of the complex’s green areas into a garden-park landscaped in the Italian style, thanks to the support of a private patron from Biella.
The visit includes the palazzo’s interior, including the “Camera dei graffiti,” featuring graffiti decorations discovered on the 15th-century plaster walls, the former chapel of the B.V.O. Institute, the panoramic terrace, the Italian-style gardens and other green areas and the exhibitions in the galleries.
As long as the temporary exhibitions are open, visitors can enjoy the gardens too.
Along with Palazzo La Marmora and Palazzo Ferrero, Palazzo Gromo Losa features in Biella’s historic Piazzo quarter circuit, part of the wider Biella Museum Network.
OTHER MONUMENTS IN BIELLA
Medieval quartier of Piazzo; La Marmora and Ferrero Palaces; the Baptistry; Saint Sebastian's Church (Renaissance); the Civic Museum; the Exhibition Center of the Cassa di Risparmio di Biella's Foundation; Cittadellarte - Pistoletto's Foundation (contemporary artist).
IN THE NEARBY
The Virgin of Oropa's Sanctuary; Burcina's Park; Ricetto di Candelo (medieval village-fortress); Oasi Zegna Park; textile shopping.
13 May: Castelli Aperti, opening 10.00-18.00; exhibitions and Festival "Selvatica - Art and Nature" (7th edition, www.selvaticafestival.net).
26 January - 8 April: "The myth of football", opening: Friday 15.00-19.00, Saturday and Sunday 10.00-13.00, 15.00-19.00.
21 April - 24 June: exhibition "Selvatica - Art and Nature", opening: Friday and Saturday 15.00-19.00, Sunday and holidays 10.00-19.00.
30 June - 2 September: exhibition "Travel. Discovering a new horizon".
26 January - 8 April: Friday 15.00-19.00, Saturday and Sunday 10.00-13.00, 15.00-19.00.
21 April - 24 June: Friday and Saturday 15.00-19.00, Sunday and holidays 10.00-19.00.
3 June - 14 October: Guided tours in the Palace: Sunday and holidays 14.30-18.30 (starting every hour, last admittance at 17.30)
Open on holidays: Easter, 2 and 25 April, 1 May, 2 June, 15 August.
Open for groups by appointment (min. 12 people).
Guided tours in english by appointment.
Palace and Garden: adult € 2,50;
free admittance under 25, Amici di Castelli Aperti, Plein Air, TCI, FAI, university students, disabled visitors with companion, teachers with their students, Abbonamento Musei Torino Piemonte, journalists and tourists' guides.
Exhibitions, Palace and Gardens: adult € 7;
Senior (over 65), groups and reductions (Amici di Castelli Aperti, Plein Air, TCI, FAI) € 5;
free admittance: under 25, university students, disabled visitors with companion, teachers with their students, Abbonamento Musei Torino Piemonte, journalists and tourists' guides.
Ticket for special events may vary.