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.
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 ....
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
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.
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, founded by Count Barattieri, produced watermarked paper, processing the bark of mulberry trees.
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.