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ONE OF THR MOST  IMPORTANT CENTER OF WOOL PRODUCTION

Schio is a town of about 40,000 inhabitants, which represents the industrial-commercial “pole” of Alto Vicentino, and it is a town in continuous economic and social development. It is the largest municipality in the province of Vicenza, located at the mouth of Val Leogra, surrounded by a clear amphitheater of hills and Pre-Alps.
Under the Most Serene Republic of Venice it developed the textile factories and in the nineteenth century the city became the most important center of wool production not only in the Veneto region, but also in the whole Italy.

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INSPIRATION FOR ENTREPRENEURS 

The abundance of water and wool resources of Schio eventually led to the establishment of a modern entrepreneurial activity following the English industrial innovations, an attempt which failed due to the implications of the French invasion in 1797.
The city was able to thrive again during the Risorgimento thanks to the contribution of illustrious men, especially by that of Alessandro Rossi who, by virtue of his conceptions, grew his father’s wool mill into Italy’s largest woolen company known as Lanerossi.
Nonetheless, Rossi also had an impact on the city’s land-use as he financed the construction of housing for workers and new social facilities as well as the renovation of older ones. As a result, the city became an industrial and urban center which inspired other entrepreneurs at the time.

Between the 19th and the 20th century, the wool industry gradually lost its importance as Schio was able to diversify and multiply its industries while also articulating itself into a plurality of centers and social, cultural, political and religious activities.
Nevertheless, the Lanerossi heritage has left its mark on the city which is still visible nowadays despite the aftermath of both WWI and WWII and all the changes the city has undergone.

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