19 to 25 August 2013 in the province of Biella –
The province of Biella sees a blast from the past, in search of the most valuable material: will be held August 19 to 25 the world championship for gold prospectors.
The event will take place in the Bessa Special Nature Reserve, which houses an area of nearly ten square kilometers entirely changed in its appearance, from the work of thousands of men that over two thousand years ago, lived a good part of Biella.
Guided and exploited by the Romans between the second and first centuries BC they transformed Bessa into one of the largest open pit gold mines in the world. Today, the landscape looks like a succession of valleys, dense vegetation and piles of stones river heights up to 20 meters.
The search for gold on the banks of the river Elvo is an outdoor activity that you can live all year round, because in the Natural Park of the Bessa operates very active association, the Gold Prospectors Association of Biella, which organizes excursions along the river Elvo, and teaches the ancient techniques for gold from the bed of the river.
The championship is an opportunity to see experts seekers from all over the world engage in this unusual specialties and challenge each other with specks. But even for an outdoor holiday in Biella, to visit the Gold Museum and Eco Bessa to Vermogno and the Forge of Mongrando Morino.
The program covers a period of 9 days and the races will be the highlight of the week Gold: from Tuesday to Sunday seekers from 23 countries belonging to the World Association Goldpanning will challenge those who will retrieve all the gold flakes in the shortest possible time .
There will be moments of fun with musical entertainment by local bands, mineral and crafts, not to mention the opening ceremony with the Parade of Nations and the flag raising, as well as the awards ceremony on Sunday on the podium of the Arena, built with the boulders carried downstream by the glacier Balteo thousands and thousands of years ago.
And then typical Piedmontese cuisine in the four dining options and local products in the quaint shop that bakes fresh bread every day from his wood-burning oven and stalls set up in the area.