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Cossila is located in Italy
Location of Cossila in Italy
Coordinates: 45°34′39″N 8°2′31″E / 45.57750°N 8.04194°E / 45.57750; 8.04194Coordinates: 45°34′39″N 8°2′31″E / 45.57750°N 8.04194°E / 45.57750; 8.04194
Country  Italy
Region  Piedmont
Province Biella (BI)
Comune Biella
Elevation[1] 545 m (1,788 ft)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 13900
Dialing code (+39) 015

Cossila is a neighbourhood of Biella, in Piedmont, northern Italt.


The former hydrotherapic clinic of Cossila as seen in 2012

It is a borough located some km north-west from the centre of Biella, along the road leading to the sanctuary of Oropa. From its elongated shape came the Piedmontese saying Cosila, longa e sotila (in English: Cossila, long and thin).[2]

Its southernmost part is called Cossila San Grato and the northernmost one Cossila San Giovanni.


Since 1940 Cossila was a separate comune (municipality), which also encompassed the village of Favaro.[3]


  1. ^ Carta Tecnica Regionale raster 1:10.000 (vers.3.0), published by Regione Piemonte - 2007
  2. ^ Cossila longa e sotila : vicende storiche e curiose di una ridente frazione; Andrea Coda-Bertetto, 1967, Biella
  3. ^ Comune di Cossila, care of Archivio di Stato di Biella; web page on (accessed: July 2012)

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