• The Splendours of Nature in the Nure and Chero Valleys

The Splendours of Nature in the Nure and Chero Valleys

  • Naturalist Places of Interest

    Naturalist Places of Interest

    It is not possible that the visitor should fail to be delighted by the variety and beauty of the scenery, moving from the fertile lands of the plain through rolling hills to the spectacular mountain region.
  • Flora

    Typical Flora of the Nure and Chero Valleys

    In the Nure anad Chero valleys the flora varies with changes in the countryside, changing from the thick forests of the Apennines to the pastures of the plain where different fodder crops are grown.
  • Fauna

    Fauna of the Nure and Chero Valleys

    A considerable variety of animal speicies are found in the Nure and Chero valleys, the result generally of the great differences in the countryside and the climate between the plain and the mountains.
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  • Vezzeno Valley
    The Vezzeno is one of the lesser rivers, running through a short valley that it has shaped in a fascinating way, with gorges and ravines ...
  • The Dormouse
    A small rodent of the family of Gliridae, widespread in our countryside from the plain up to 1500 metres altitude. It is a curious animal, and like the squirrel runs and climbs trees, leaping from branch to branch ...
  • Scops owl
    Information sheet prepared by the ornithologist Marco Mastrorilli
    Between April and September, the area along the bed of the Nure is an ideal habitat for the Scops owl, a small nocturnal bird of prey that is easily recognised, thanks to its ear tufts, which look like ears to many people.
  • The nightjar
    Information sheet prepared by the ornithologist Marco Mastrorilli. Listen to the audio with the "churring".
    The river Nure between Ponte dell’Olio and Podenzano takes on environmental characteristics that make it the ideal "scenario" for a creature that we can call the "ghost of the river", the nightjar.
  • The Nightjar or Ghost of the Nure
    In search of a rare and unusual bird that is found in the Nure, with an information sheet by the ornithologist Marco Mastrorilli.
  • Historic Park of Grazzano Visconti
    A webcam was mounted in the historic Park of Grazzano Visconti to observe the animals by night.
  • Riglio Valley
    A fascinating route that winds between thick forests wrapped in silence, small villages and rolling hills, until it descends to the plain.
  • Salamander
    The salamander (speleomantes ambrosi) is a not very amphibious amphibian that may be found in damp rock debris, or in damp rocky ravines and caves.
  • White-throated dipper
    A really beautiful bird, with a curious appearance, characterised by its round body, compact plumage, short tail and claws without webbing.
  • 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.
  • Roccia Cinque Dita
    The Roccia Cinque Dita - Five-Finger Rock - is an ophiolitic mass sticking up between the valleys of the Ceno and the Nure in the municipality of Farini. The goal of mountaineers, it is reached from the Pass of the Pianazze.
  • Mount Lama
    Monte Lama, 1346 metres high, with its interesting geology and vegetation, can be reached on foot from the Pass of the Pianazze.
  • Mount Castellaro at Groppallo
    Monte Castellaro, formed by ophiolitic rocks, dominates the town of Groppallo, reaching an altitude of 1005 metres. The church of the Assunta is visible from afar thanks to its wonderful position.
  • Pass of the Cappelletta
    At the Pass of the Cappelletta, between the Nure and the Perino it is possible to visit the small chapel erected in 1897 and dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
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    History of the Nure valley
  • Traditions and Curiosities
    Traditions and Curiosities
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