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Personalities connected with the Nure and Chero Valleys

  • Giuseppe "Beppe" Gabbiani, a racing car driver who has competed also in Formula 1, came originally from Podenzano, where his family owned an important company.
  • Georges Cogny, French by birth but a citizen of Farini by choice, brought the nouvelle cuisine to the Nure Valley, adapting it to the raw materials of the area of Piacenza.
  • Paolo Perotti, one of the most esteemed contemporary sculptors, has chosen Vigolzone as his home. He has lived in the Nure valley for many years, dedicating himself to his art.
  • Giovanni Rossi, an industrialist and aware of the social needs of his time, came originally from the Nure Valley, an area that owes much of its development to him.
  • Priest, historian, journalist and university teacher, don Franco Molinari came originally from Vigolzone.
  • The two entrepreneurs from Vigolzone, founders of the company with their name, made a fundamental contribution to the development of mechatronics in Piacenza.
  • The artist Nello Vegezzi, one of the most original and stimulating figures on the cultural scene in Piacenza in the second half of the 20th century, lived for many years in the family home at Turro near Podenzano.
  • Luchino Visconti was the fourth son of Duke Giuseppe Visconti di Modrone (the creator of Grazzano) and of his wife Carla Erba, owner of the largest pharmaceutical company in Italy at that time.
  • Bettola has always claimed that the great sailor Christopher Columbus was born there.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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