• Curiosity


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  • Crag martin
    The Apennine rivers and streams are often crossed by bridges, and along their banks there are frequently steep rock walls of sandstone. These are ideal nesting places for the crag martin.
  • Bunting
    The hill country of the province of Piacenza, characterised by cultivated areas alternating with woods, hedges, uncultivated areas and rocky outcrops, is certainly where buntings are most easily seen.
  • Holly
    It is still possible to find the holly in the Nure and Chero valleys, especially as undergrowth in the beech woods on the hills and mountains.
  • Thrift
    Among the flowers that are found on rocky surfaces in the province of Piacenza the armeria alpina, a variety of thrift, is certainly the most elegant.
  • Wolf
    In recent years the beech woods of the Apennines have once again become the refuge of the wolf (canis lupus), that old protagonist of mountain life.
  • Ophrys - orchids
    Of the many species of orchid that can be seen in the province of Piacenza the ophrys or bee orchids are among the most curious and interesting.
  • Silver fir
    The silver firs found on Monte Nero never grow very tall, at most 10 metres. These trees are centuries old, some of them 350 years old.
  • Mountain pine
    The presence of the mountain or mugo pine on the mountains of the upper Nure valley goes back to the last Glacial Age, the only one to have affected the Piacenza Apennines.
  • Alpine pastures
    The summits of some mountains are crowned by wide open pastures. These alpine meadows are probably not natural, but are more likely the result of earlier pasturing of animals there.
  • Golden eagle
    The alpine pastures on the summits of the Apennines have for some years once again become the hunting ground of one of the most majestic and beautiful of all birds of prey, the golden eagle.
  • Thermophilic trees: hop hornbeam, manna ash and downy oak
    The sunny dry slopes of the Nure valley are mostly covered by three species of tree which are very common on the hills and lower mountains: the hop hornbeam, the manna ash and the downy oak, all thermophilic (i.e. heat-loving) species.
  • Sweet chestnuts of the Piacenza Apennines
    The chestnut woods that grow on the Piacenza Appennines were planted by man. They are found in the zone where the hills rise to become mountains.
    Padre Felice (Felix) of Mareto, whose name before he entered religion was Felice Molga, was a Capuchin friar who wrote extensively on the history of his Order.
  • Stefano Bruzzi
    Painter from Piacenza who lived between the mid-19th century and the early 20th. A whole room in the Galleria di Arte Moderna Ricci Oddi in Piacenza is dedicated to him.
  • Luciano Ricchetti
    A painter and sculptor from Piacenza, he worked in the first half of the 20th century. His works can be admired in Piacenza and in the province. In the Nure valley they are found in the churches of San Giorgio, Podenzano, Veano and Bettola.
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