Plaque on the church.
IN QUESTO BORGO
A CURA DI MARIA
CESARE PADI A
Fontanarossa, a little village in the mountains in the district of Genova near the border of the Piacenza, is the the birtplace of the mother of Christopher Columbus. There are three notarial acts in wich she is named. On 7 August 1473, "Sozana filia quondam Jacobi de Fontanarubea de Bezagno et uxor Dominici de Columbo de Ianua, ac Christoforus et Johannes Pelegrinus filii dictorum Dominici et Sozane jugalium" (Susanna daughter of late Giacomo from Fontanarossa of Bisagno and wife of Domenico Colombo from Genova, and Cristoforo and Giovanni Pellegrino, sons of said married Domenico e Susanna).
The villagers maintain that:
They admit that there are no other documents supporting the thesis; anyhow in the little village there is this plaque.
- Fontanarossa was and is the only village of the districts of Genova, Savona, Piacenza that have this name;
- In the past with the term of Bisagno people used to indicate not only the actual Bisagno valley, but all the valleys connecting Genova to Piacenza (salt way), upper Trebbia valley included.
Sources & Information
- Photo and text: Mario Luciano Radici, September 2004.
Locatie (N 44°35'16" - E 9°15'19")
Item Code: iter004;
Added: 1 September 2004
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