The name of this town most probably dates to the Romans. In 1651, P. Maria Campi wrote in Historia Ecclesiastica di Piacenza that the name comes from the latin Vicus Varroni, which literally means Village of Varrone, in honor of an influential roman.
Throughout the centuries, a large part of Val Tidone belonged to Saint Colombano and his Abbey. Historic documents do not cover this completely but the numerous churches dedicated to the Saint are evident testimony.
Val Tidone is a valley formed by the Tidone stream and is located between the Provinces of Piacenza and Pavia. To the south it originates at the base of Mount Penice and its stream flows into to the Po river through rolling hills covered with vineyards.
Dining on the border between Colli Piacentini and Oltrepo Pavese is quite a singular experience. Tradition, dialects, even wines mix in an area where the border is simply administrative and the names given to dishes and wines mark the difference