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Biella: the city of wool

The wool industry in the city of Biella has a tradition that is rooted in a history of at least two hundred years. The development of the wool industry has occurred in respect of the environmental background: Biella is a green city, full of rivers, with the mountain peaks visible on the horizon; no one gets the feeling of being in a big industrial center. A few kilometers from Biella, at an altitude of about 1200 meters, is located the sanctuary of Oropa, whose origin dates back to the fourth century, with its black wooden Madonna, found among the ruins of Jerusalem.