Our Rifugio is located in via per Zubiena 62 in Sala Biellese (County of Biella - Piedmont, Northern Italy. GPS: 45°29'53.9"N 7°58'21.1"E). You can get to know our animals while hiking in our parkland, set amid the beautiful landscape of the Biellesi Prealps. There are no entry fees and booking is not required. There isn't a bar nor a restaurant within the Rifugio, but there are some restaurants and bars nearby. We will be happy to give you any information if you need to arrange a break.
Our next 2024 open days to the public (10.00-17.00), with free admission and no reservation needed, will be:
- 9-10 March
- 13 March
- 29-30-31 March
- 1 April
- 6-7 April
- 25-26-27-28 April
- 1-18-19 May
- 1-2-22-23 June
- 6-7-13-14-20-21-27-28 July
- 3-4 August
- 7-8 September
For internal reasons, it is not possible for us to welcome supporters outside the indicated dates, not even upon previous appointment.Our next openings will be communicated both on this section and on social pages as soon as scheduled.
How to get here
From the A4 (Turin-Milan) take the exit for Santhià. Follow signs for Biella until you reach the first traffic lights in Sandigliano. Turn left and follow the road to the second roundabout and go in the direction of Mongrando. Follow signs for Mongrando at the next 3 roundabouts. At the crossroads turn left. Go through the village of Mongrando and follow the SP 338. Go through the village of Zubiena and go right at the fork heading towards Sala Biellese. After about 1km the Rifugio is on the left (about 30km from the A4 exit).
Take the train to Biella S. Paolo station; then you can take a bus (see below) or a taxi (rates are quite expensive).
Only a few buses are available: please contact local transport service ATAP Biella.
We are located in the morainic hills of la Serra, a glacial formation which divides the territories of Biella and Ivrea, dates back to the Quaternary Period and is the largest of its type in Europe - covering 25 km. Only a few kilometres from our Rifugio there are three nature reserves which offer still unspoiled landscapes:
- In Roman times Bessa was used as an open air gold mine, now its archaeological remains are unique.
- Burcina is a beautiful garden full of native and exotic plants. It is well known for its stunning spring display of 150 varieties of Rhododendron.
- The lush land around Baraggia is evocative of the African Savannah.