Industrial Archaeology

The valley of mines par excellence of the province of Piacenza, mining has been practised in the Nure Valley since ancient times and important signs of this activity remain. The energy produced by the watercourses was also important to the local economy, used to turn the wheels of the mills and trip hammers.
  • Montechino and petroleum
    When petroleum flowed in the Chero Valley
    Strange natural phenomena were recorded in the Chero valley even before the 19th century: hot springs, will-o'-the-wisps or ignis fatuus indicating the presence of gas, petrol leaks ....
  • Corte La Faggiola
    A splendid set of farm buildings round a courtyard, constructed in the early 20th century, that is also a showcase of the excellent food specialities and wine produced in the province of Piacenza
  • Old kilns at Ponte dell'Olio
    Recently restored by the municipality, the monumental complex of the kilns of Ponte dell'Olio was built from 1890 by the Azienda Calce Val Nure to produce quicklime for building purposes.
  • Mills in the central Nure Valley
    Thanks to the waters of the Nure, mills were developed in the middle and lower valley, becoming an important economic activity.
  • The Paper mill at Albarola
    The paper mill at Albarola, founded by Count Barattieri, produced watermarked paper, processing the bark of mulberry trees.
  • Trip hammers for working metal
    Working metal with trip hammers is a very old activity in the Nure Valley, connected to exploitation of the iron mines in the upper Nure valley.

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