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.
Along with the synagogue and Palazzo La Marmora, Palazzo Gromo Losa features in Biella’s historic Piazzo quarter circuit, part of the wider Biella Museum Network.
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 14.30-17.30 (starting every hour, last 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.
adult € 7; Senior (over 65), reduced price (TCI, FAI, CAI, Plein Air, ANA, Amici di Castelli Aperti) € 5;
free for students under 25, disabled visitors with companion, journalists, tour leader and tourists guide, Abbonamento Torino Musei Card.
Ticket for special events may vary.