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THE ROUTE


The Biella Circuit (GtB) is a route in 57 legs that we have divided into 15 daily sections. It can be broken down into a series of short trips, from daily outings for the less proficient to three-day hikes for experts.

The GtB is unusual among the assortment of larger Italian hiking circuits. It is a long ring that runs for the most part either at moderate heights or on the plain, and is well signalled and easily reached by public transport. The entire circuit can be completed in 15 consecutive days by staying in B&Bs, hotels or agritourism facilities along the route. Alternatively, it can be split up into sections of one or two days that you can select depending on the time you have available and your level of training.
 

Route
The GtB was created by the Province of Biella in 1996 by joining up into a single circuit a number of paths and carriageable roads that connect most the historical, naturalistic and devotional attractions in the area. Signposting was installed along the entire route (234 kilometres) in 1998, creating one of the longest signposted hiking routes in Italy. Much of the itinerary follows paths, cart-tracks and carriageable roads in a natural setting. Several sections follow paved roads but the very light traffic means there are no particular dangers for walkers. The GtB was designed to be for walkers only, with the result that nearly all of the legs have a part that cannot be cycled. The fittest and technically most prepared cyclists can tackle much of the hill section on mountain bikes (from Donato to Crevacuore), but it is strongly recommended that they avoid the high slopes and the mountain section, as often the paths are disconnected.

Signposting
The route can be recognised above all due to clearly seen yellow metal trail-markers placed on wooden stakes and marked with the logo GtB (Grande Traversata Biellese), or nailed on walls or other surfaces close to junctions. Remember that in such cases the markers are generally placed on the inside of the curve.

Sections
The route is divided up into 57 short legs, between 1 and 8 kilometres each, requiring between 20 minutes and 3 hours to complete. The departure and arrival points have been chosen close to points that can be reached by public transport, or where at least a car can be parked. Close to the carparking facilities, information panels give a short description of the section and a relevant map. The description of the route has been split into “sections” that can be walked in a single day. The technical description of the route gives the numbers of the legs involved, of which the start points can be seen on the maps of the Province of Biella.
 
Getting there
If you plan an excursion on the GtB of one or more days, you are advised to reach your start point taking the bus service from the city of Biella, and to choose your start and finish points in accordance with the times of the buses (see the website  www.atapspa.it). Alternatively you can return to your start point but you are advised to consult good quality hiking maps so that you can decide on a circuit so as not to retrace your steps.

When to go
The entire route is at low to medium heights, so it can therefore be enjoyed at most times of the year. The highest point is reached on the Tracciolino (the last section) and is around the 1250 metre mark. Most of the rest of the circuit is at heights of less than 1000 metres, even in the mountain section. The best times to walk are between April and June, when the mountain section is made beautiful by the rhododendrons and narcissi in bloom, and in September- October, when autumn colours the woods and chestnuts can be gathered. If you decide to break your journey into sections, the mountain section (the coolest and shadiest) can even be enjoyed in July and August, the hottest months, and the hill and plain sections on good winter days without problem.

Equipment
You are advised to equip yourself for light hiking, with suitable boots and, for the most demanding mountain sections, telescopic hiking poles, which lighten the load on your knees and legs. Drinking water is generally available but in the mountain sections it is not always certain that you will find somewhere to provide lunch, so check before you set out and take food with you if you are unsure.

57 results

Biella (Biella and Oropa Valley) - Pollone (Elvo Valley)

GTB Tappa 1: Oropa - Chiavolino (Pollone)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 6.27

Uphill height difference(m): 78

Travel time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Occhieppo Superiore, Pollone, Sordevolo (Elvo Valley)

GTB Tappa 2: Chiavolino (Pollone) - Sordevolo

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 4.19

Uphill height difference(m): 236

Travel time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Graglia, Muzzano, Sordevolo (Elvo Valley)

GTB Tappa 3: Sordevolo - Santuario di Graglia

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 4.44

Uphill height difference(m): 278

Travel time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Graglia, Netro (Elvo Valley)

GTB Tappa 4: Santuario di Graglia - Netro

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 3.72

Uphill height difference(m): 10

Travel time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Donato, Netro (Elvo Valley)

GTB Tappa 5: Netro - Donato

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 6.3

Uphill height difference(m): 306

Travel time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Donato (Elvo Valley)

GTB Tappa 6: Donato - Scalveis (Chiaverano)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 2.34

Uphill height difference(m): 80

Travel time: 45 minutes

Sala Biellese, Torrazzo (Viverone, Serra and Bessa)

GTB Tappa 7: Scalveis (Chiaverano) - Torrazzo

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 3.57

Uphill height difference(m): 15

Travel time: 1 hour

Magnano, Torrazzo (Viverone, Serra and Bessa)

GTB Tappa 8: Torrazzo - Magnano

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 6.51

Uphill height difference(m): 70

Travel time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Magnano, Zimone (Viverone, Serra and Bessa)

GTB Tappa 9: Magnano - Zimone

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 4.15

Uphill height difference(m): 40

Travel time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Viverone, Zimone (Viverone, Serra and Bessa)

GTB Tappa 10: Zimone - Viverone

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 3.62

Uphill height difference(m): 0

Travel time: 1 hour

Roppolo, Viverone (Viverone, Serra and Bessa)

GTB Tappa 11: Viverone - Lago di Bertignano

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 3.06

Uphill height difference(m): 80

Travel time: 45 minutes

Roppolo, Salussola (Viverone, Serra and Bessa)

GTB Tappa 12: Lago di Bertignano - Salussola

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 1.49

Uphill height difference(m): 15

Travel time: 3 minutes

Cerrione, Salussola (Viverone, Serra and Bessa)

GTB Tappa 13: Salussola - Cerrione

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 5.47

Uphill height difference(m): 75

Travel time: 2 hours

Cerrione, Zubiena (Viverone, Serra and Bessa)

GTB Tappa 14: Cerrione - Vermogno

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 4.10

Uphill height difference(m): 55

Travel time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Borriana, Cerrione, Zubiena (Viverone, Serra and Bessa)

GTB Tappa 15: Vermogno - Borriana

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 2.14

Uphill height difference(m): 0

Travel time: 50 minutes

Mongrando, Borriana, Zubiena (Viverone, Serra and Bessa)

GTB Tappa 16: Borriana - Mongrando

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 4.51

Uphill height difference(m): 80

Travel time: 1 hour

Camburzano (Elvo Valley) - Mongrando (Viverone, Serra and Bessa)

GTB Tappa 17: Mongrando - Camburzano

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 3.56

Uphill height difference(m): 140

Travel time: 1 hour

Camburzano, Muzzano (Elvo Valley)

GTB Tappa 18: Camburzano - Muzzano

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 2.57

Uphill height difference(m): 5

Travel time: 40 minutes

Muzzano, Occhieppo Superiore (Elvo Valley)

GTB Tappa 19: Muzzano - Occhieppo Sup.

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 2.41

Uphill height difference(m): 45

Travel time: 40 minutes

Occhieppo Superiore, Pollone (Elvo Valley)

GTB Tappa 20: Occhieppo - Pollone

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 5.42

Uphill height difference(m): 190

Travel time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Biella (Biella and Oropa Valley) - Pollone (Elvo Valley)

GTB Tappa 21: Pollone - Cossila (Biella)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 5.22

Uphill height difference(m): 240

Travel time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Biella, Pralungo (Biella and Oropa Valley)

GTB Tappa 22: Cossila - Pralungo

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 2.66

Uphill height difference(m): 90

Travel time: 1 hour

Pralungo (Biella and Oropa Valley) - Miagliano, Sagliano Micca, Tollegno (Cervo Valley)

GTB Tappa 23: Pralungo - Miagliano

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 2.6

Uphill height difference(m): 80

Travel time: 45 minutes

Miagliano, Sagliano Micca (Cervo Valley)

GTB Tappa 24: Miagliano - Andorno

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 3.63

Uphill height difference(m): 65

Travel time: 45 minutes

Andorno Micca (Cervo Valley)

GTB Tappa 25: Andorno - La Colma (Biella)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 1.19

Uphill height difference(m): 130

Travel time: 50 minutes

Selve Marcone (Mosso Valley) - Pettinengo (Brich di Zumaglia and Biellese Hill) - Andorno Micca (Cervo Valley)

GTB Tappa 26: La Colma (Biella) - Pettinengo

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 2.48

Uphill height difference(m): 65

Travel time: 1 hour

Pettinengo, Zumaglia (Brich di Zumaglia and Biellese Hill)

GTB Tappa 27: Pettinengo - Zumaglia

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 2.7

Uphill height difference(m): 40

Travel time: 3 minutes

Zumaglia, Ronco Biellese (Brich di Zumaglia and Biellese Hill)

GTB Tappa 28: Zumaglia - Ronco

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 1.76

Uphill height difference(m): 15

Travel time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ronco Biellese, Valdengo (Brich di Zumaglia and Biellese Hill)

GTB Tappa 29: Ronco - Valdengo

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 3.7

Uphill height difference(m): 15

Travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Valdengo, Cerreto Castello (Brich di Zumaglia and Biellese Hill)

GTB Tappa 30: Valdengo - Cerreto Castello

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 3.78

Uphill height difference(m): 30

Travel time: 1 hour 3 minutes

Cossato (Baraggia and Plain) - Cerreto Castello (Brich di Zumaglia and Biellese Hill)

GTB Tappa 31: Cerreto Castello - Spolina (Cossato)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 6.9

Uphill height difference(m): 5

Travel time: 1 hour

Cossato, Candelo (Baraggia and Plain)

GTB Tappa 32: Spolina (Cossato) - Baraggia di Candelo

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 2.78

Uphill height difference(m): 105

Travel time: 1 hour

Cossato, Candelo (Baraggia and Plain)

GTB Tappa 33: Baraggia di Candelo - Castellengo (Cossato)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 6.98

Uphill height difference(m): 100

Travel time: 2 hours 3 minutes

Cossato, Mottalciata (Baraggia and Plain)

GTB Tappa 34: Castellengo (Cossato) - S.Vincenzo chiesa (Mottalciata)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 3.7

Uphill height difference(m): 5

Travel time: 1 hour

Mottalciata, Castelletto Cervo (Baraggia and Plain)

GTB Tappa 35: S.Vincenzo chiesa (Mottalciata) - Terzoglio (Castelletto Cervo)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 6.93

Uphill height difference(m): 55

Travel time: 2 hours

Cossato (Baraggia and Plain) - Lessona (Eastern Biellese and Rive Rosse)

GTB Tappa 36: Terzoglio (Castelletto Cervo) - Lessona

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 5.43

Uphill height difference(m): 70

Travel time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Masserano (Eastern Biellese and Rive Rosse)

GTB Tappa 37: Lessona - Masserano

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 4.3

Uphill height difference(m): 110

Travel time: 2 hours

Brusnengo, Masserano (Eastern Biellese and Rive Rosse)

GTB Tappa 38: Masserano - Forte (Brusnengo)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 3.74

Uphill height difference(m): 135

Travel time: 1 hour 3 minutes

Brusnengo, Curino (Eastern Biellese and Rive Rosse)

GTB Tappa 39: Forte (Brusnengo) - Asei

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 5.84

Uphill height difference(m): 140

Travel time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Sostegno (Eastern Biellese and Rive Rosse)

GTB Tappa 40: Asei - Sostegno

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 3.94

Uphill height difference(m): 170

Travel time: 1 hour 3 minutes

Sostegno (Eastern Biellese and Rive Rosse) - Crevacuore (Zegna Oasis and Sessera Valley)

GTB Tappa 41: Sostegno - Azoglio

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 5.74

Uphill height difference(m): null

Travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ailoche, Crevacuore (Zegna Oasis and Sessera Valley)

GTB Tappa 42: Crevacuore - Ailoche

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 2.5

Uphill height difference(m): 245

Travel time: 1 hour

Ailoche (Zegna Oasis and Sessera Valley)

GTB Tappa 43: Ailoche - Sparavera

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 4.74

Uphill height difference(m): 527

Travel time: 2 hours

Ailoche, Caprile, Coggiola (Zegna Oasis and Sessera Valley)

GTB Tappa 44: Sparavera - Piane di Viera

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 3.15

Uphill height difference(m): 75

Travel time: 1 hour 3 minutes

Coggiola (Zegna Oasis and Sessera Valley)

GTB Tappa 45: Piane di Viera (Coggiola) - Coggiola

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 4.04

Uphill height difference(m): 23

Travel time: 1 hour 3 minutes

Portula (Zegna Oasis and Sessera Valley)

GTB Tappa 46: Masseranga (Portula)- Castagnea (Portula)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 3.03

Uphill height difference(m): 250

Travel time: 1 hour 3 minutes

Portula, Trivero (Zegna Oasis and Sessera Valley) - Mosso (Mosso Valley)

GTB Tappa 47: Castagnea (Portula) - Santuario della Brughiera (Mosso)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 7.96

Uphill height difference(m): 353

Travel time: 2 hours 3 minutes

Mosso (Mosso Valley)

GTB Tappa 48: Santuario della Brughiera (Mosso) - Capomosso (Mosso)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 1.31

Uphill height difference(m): 94

Travel time: 3 minutes

Mosso, Veglio (Mosso Valley)

GTB Tappa 49: Capomosso (Mosso) - Piane di Veglio

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 4.92

Uphill height difference(m): 277

Travel time: 2 hours

Camandona, Veglio (Mosso Valley)

GTB Tappa 50: Piane di Veglio - Sant. Del Mazzucco (Camandona)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 3.2

Uphill height difference(m): 73

Travel time: 1 hour

Callabiana, Camandona (Mosso Valley)

GTB Tappa 51: Santuario Del Mazzucco (Camandona) - Trabbia (Callabiana)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 4.1

Uphill height difference(m): 115

Travel time: 2 hours

Callabiana (Mosso Valley) - Tavigliano (Cervo Valley)

GTB Tappa 52: Trabbia (Callabiana) - Pratetto (Tavigliano)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 5.8

Uphill height difference(m): 217

Travel time: 2 hours

Sagliano Micca, Tavigliano (Cervo Valley)

GTB Tappa 53: Pratetto (Tavigliano) - Falletti (Sagliano)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 2.02

Uphill height difference(m): 5

Travel time: 45 minutes

Campiglia Cervo, Sagliano Micca (Cervo Valley)

GTB Tappa 54: Falletti (Sagliano) - Quittengo

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 5.06

Uphill height difference(m): 383

Travel time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Campiglia Cervo (Cervo Valley)

GTB Tappa 55: Quittengo - Driagno (San Paolo Cervo)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 3.09

Uphill height difference(m): 134

Travel time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Campiglia Cervo, Sagliano Micca (Cervo Valley)

GTB Tappa 56: Driagno (San Paolo Cervo) - Oneglie (Sagliano)

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 4.97

Uphill height difference(m): 194

Travel time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Biella, Pralungo (Biella and Oropa Valley) - Sagliano Micca (Cervo Valley)

GTB Tappa 57: Oneglie (Sagliano) - Oropa

Itinerary type: GTB itinerary

Means of transport: On foot

Length (km): 8.5

Uphill height difference(m): 496

Travel time: 2 hours 40 minutes

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