Curiosities to discover
Did you know that the Nure Valley had a Union of Communes before such a thing was invented? Do you know the name of the ghost at Grazzano? Or that of the oldest band in the province of PIacenza? In this section we have collected some of the oddest and most interesting facts regarding the Nure and Chero valleys.
Perhaps there are not many who remember that the Vezzeno valley, quiet but fascinating, has often been chosen as a place of inspiration as well as rest by famous artists ....
The Ghost of the Castle of Gropparello
There are those who swear they have heard her voice, others that they have seen her slim diaphanous figure merging with the light of the moon on the battlements of the castle ....
The "dumb" devil of Gropparello
At the side of the road between Gropparello and Castellana there is a strange "block" of serpentine: a rock about ten metres high with the upper part resembling a man. Tradition tells us it is a devil .....
Since 2006 it has sought to spread awareness of the the local musical culture.
Since 2006 the Coro Polifonico “San Fermo” has made its own contribution to the musical and cultural panorama of Carpaneto, encouraging the singers in their love for music.
Mixed choir in Podenzano
Founded in the 1940s in the Parish of Santi Germano e Giovanni Bosco, the Schola Cantorum of Podenzano today counts 35 voices and is led by Maestro Edoardo Mazzoni
Directed by Anna Solinas, soloist soprano of the Quartetto Jobell of Piacenza
Alongside sacred music, the choir also performs pieces from opera and contemporary music, and the traditional songs of Piacenza
Female Gospel choir founded in 1999 counting 12 singers
More than one hundred concerts, two cds recorded for charity and numerous local events.
Founded way back in 1752 and also known as the 'Banda delle Giubbe Rosse'
Directed by Maestro Edoardo Mazzoni and including a goodly number of majorettes who march in front of the musicians of the Band.
The official voice of the Alpini of the Nure Valley has given hundreds of concerts in Italy and abroad
An offshoot of the Corale Bettolese, a group of lovers of mountain songs intially with mixed voices but rapidly being transformed into a male voice choir, the Coro Ana Valnure continues today under the leadership of Maestro Edo Mazzoni
Founded in 1968 at Selva near Ferriere, the choir executes traditional mountain songs
Directed by Mario Azzali, the Choir has taken part in important choral festivals in Italy and abroad
The Carnival characters of the province of Piacenza are essentially four, Tullein and Cesira in the city, Vigion and Lureinsa in the country. They represent the traditional figures, crafty and scheming perhaps but bringing a smile to the face.
The Feast of St John Bosco .... in the good weather
Something unique in the Val Nure: the feast of St John Bosco, and the traditional country fair that is part of it,
change their date every year ...
Musical Band of Carpaneto Piacentino
The “LA COPPA” Musical Folklore Group is a non-profit musical association based in Carpaneto Piacentino. It is formed only by volunteer amateur music-lovers and performs band music on patriotic, religious and folklore occasions.
In 1961 the small village of San Damiano in the municipality of San Giorgio Piacentino hit the headlines after a presumed apparition of the Madonna to a peasant woman, signora Rosa Quattrini.
In 1496 the Madonna appeared to a shepherd girl near an oak tree on the hill known as the Colle dei Frati near Bettola. News of the apparition led to the birth of a deeply felt popular cult.
The motto of Grazzano is an example of the sense of humour of the man who created it, the Duke Giuseppe Visconti.
A Union of Municipalities ante litteram, that reminds us of the independent spirit of the people of the upper and middle valley of the Nure.
The trade route that connected the Po valley to Liguria passed along the Nure valley, almost following the
river bed. The name Bettola (inn) is a reminder of the importance of trade in the life of the town.
Ponte dell’Olio boasts the oldest band in the province of Piacenza: the Giubbe Rosse.
The story of the unhappy Aloisa, the friendly ghost that haunts the houses and castle of Grazzano Visconti.
in the area of Bettola
The Pieve (district church) of Revigozzo and the churches of Olmo, Vigolo, Groppo Ducale, Bramaiano and Rigolo centuries ago were subject to the authority of the bishops of Pavia. Today almost all these churches still are dedicated to Lombard sain...