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Piacenza Oil & Gas Museum - POGaM

Address: Via Scalabrini, 107

The museum is open only by appointment by contacting

Emilio Marani: tel. 338-9896572,
Germano Ratti : tel. 333-5093138,
Renato Passerini : tel. 338-5426014,

The Museum is divided into two sections: the first one, located inside ‘Museo Civico di storia naturale’ (Via Scalabrini 107), is dedicated to the geological formation of hydrocarbons and supplies a synthetic view of the field. The second one is in the bordering Padiglione Negrotti (Urban Center) and describes Piacenza’s oil history from its beginning, through the intermediate period (XV-XVIII centuries) up the industrial stage (from the end of the 19th century to the present time).

These are some of the key points stressed by the museum, which helps confirm the important role Piacenza had in the Italian history of oil and methane:

  • Knowledge and use of oil in the area of Piacenza date back to the Roman time in Veleia, and developed throughout time up to the industrial age, after which oil from Piacenza reached world relevance thanks to ENI, Edison and other companies from this sector.
  • The medicinal use of oil led the ancient Chemist’s from Piacenza (Dr. Corvi’s) to produce and distribute nation-wide, for decades, “La Petrolina”, a medicine which was very effective in the treatment of various ailments listed in the museum....
  • As far oil plants are concerned, the Province of Piacenza boasts three records : 1908 marks the construction of  the 29-km-long pipeline connecting Val Riglio’s plants with Fiorenzuola d’Arda’s oil refinery, which, built in 1891, was the first one in Italy. In 1929 the first Italian Natural Gas processing Plant was built: it started in Podenzano (Pc) and transported methane to Piacenza first and then to Milan.
  • In the thirties and forties Agip had its Head Office in Podenzano (PC).
  • In 1928 the province of Piacenza (according to Istat) covered more than 62% of the Italian crude oil production.
  • Cortemaggiore’s  oil “miracle” helped Mattei convince the Italian Government not to liquidate Agip, thus contributing to the subsequent increased importance of ENI at international level and to the interruption of the monopoly of the ‘Seven Oil Sisters’ .


    Oct 16, 2017 - Feb 13, 2015