La PILA is an eighteenth century warehouse and mill, where the rice was stocked and refined. La Pila is a unique building that was wonderfully preserved during the centuries.
Its name derived from the process of “pilatura”, that is a part of the refining process of the rice, where the husk – “pula” in Italian – is separated from the rice grain. In la Pila the rough rice was transformed into white rice, ready to be consumed.
La Pila was originally part of the Sartirana Visconti castle estate (14th century) and it is located in Lomellina, a geographical and historical region located in the South – West Lombardy.
Lomellina is mainly known for being a rural region and it is famous for its rice paddings, which define its landscapes, and its medieval villages and monuments.