Secular buildings and monuments
From the characteristic stone-built villages that dot the green hills of the upper valley to the aristocratic residences found in the foothills and in the plain, the Nure and Chero valleys preserve interesting examples of secular architecture.
Commemorative monument to the Fallen of Chero
In very recent times (1985) the inhabitants of Chero desired this monument, which was placed near the church. A granite column supports an image of the Virgin, Queen of Peace.
Not far from Carpaneto, along the road to Castell'Arquato.
Aristocratic residence in Ciriano
This imposing summer residence is privately owned and is not open to the public.
Commemorative memorial dedicated to the Fallen of the Great War
In the province of Piacenza the monument in Ciriano was the first to be erected to commemorate the Fallen of the Great War ...
A long avenue of lime trees
In memory of the Fallen of the Great War ....
20th-century commemorative monument
in the centre of the town, next to the Town Hall....
The Villa San Bono was built in the 18th century along with the attached chapel, in a dominant position in the town of Ponte dell’Olio.
Today Carpaneto Town Hall
The palazzo, an imposing building, stands right in the centre of Carpaneto, next to the church. It has belonged to the municipality since the end of the 19th century.
20th-century commemorative monument
A few metres from the Parish Church and from the Town Hall is the War Memorial, giving dignity to the Piazza
Rural buildings in the village of Bramaiano
The two villages, part of the municipality of Bramaiano, contain interesting traces of rural architecture.
Little mountain villages near Groppo Ducale
Mountain villages near Groppo Ducale
Rural villages in a panoramic position at 720 mt above sea level. There are traces of the typical rural architecture of the mountains.
The picturesque village, which lies on the road from Groppallo to the Pianazze, preserves several examples of stone houses.
An ancient fortress transformed into an elegant private home, not open to visitors.
In a panoramic position above Vigolzone
La Chiesuola stands on a hill dominating Vigolzone. The villa is surrounded by a garden with deciduous and evergreen trees. It is privately owned.
Borgallo near Vigolzone
The 16th-century complex of Borgallo near Vigolzone is privately owned. The palazzo Guarnaschelli stands on the edge of the little village.
Albarola near Vigolzone
The villa has a long façade with side wings projecting slightly. There are fruit trees, statues and a nymphaeum in the garden.
Veano near Vigolzone
Built by the Zanardi Landi as an elegant residence, today it belongs to the Collegio Alberoni.
It is reached along a long avenue of limes and mulberry trees. The villa stands in a delightful position on the hills dominating the countryside.
Tornara near Farini
The Tower House of Tornara goes back to the 16th century. It is reached from Groppallo, going towards Boccolo Noce.
The imposing single block rises in the open country, the result of transformations of the mediaeval castle. Today it is private property and, as it is a working farm, it is not open to visitors.
The villa Peyrano was built at the end of the 17th century by the Jesuit Fathers. Sold to the Peyrano, a Genoese noble family, today it has a large enclosed garden and 23 hectares of vineyard.
Within the village of Grazzano Visconti is the Cortevecchia, at one time the farmyard, with stables and barns and a central threshing floor. Today, it is used as an exhibition area and for the Museum of Traditional Peasant Agricultural Equipment.
Looking on to the Piazza del Biscione, the Palazzo dell' Istituzione housed the craft school - scuola di Arti e Mestieri. It is easily recognised thanks to its campanile and its appearance, similar to that of a mediaeval town hall.