Discovering Piasco: The Hidden Harp Capital of Italy

Nestled in Italy, Piasco is a quaint town surrounded by orchards growing apples, kiwis, and peaches. Unexpectedly, it’s also home to one of the world’s largest harp manufacturers. The local government takes great pride in this, showcasing their world-class instruments and acknowledging the contributions of the harp factory to the town’s development. As you enter the town’s roundabout, you’ll notice a beautiful floral harp sculpture, meticulously maintained to celebrate this legacy. However, after the passing of Victor Salvi, this roundabout feature was removed. The photo you see here was taken a few years ago.

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Upon reaching the Salvi headquarters, you’ll discover a charming harp-themed bike rack. In the past, many factory workers from the town commuted by bicycle. During Victor Salvi’s time, two bike racks were installed for the employees. But as times changed, more people started driving to work and the factory expanded, leading to the removal of one bike rack about 3-5 years ago 🥲. If you ever visit, don’t forget to snap a photo!

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Lastly, I’d like to draw your attention to the factory’s chimney. The Salvi factory is split into two parts: the office and the showroom. If you stand between the two buildings and look up, you’ll see a unique harp decoration on the chimney, proudly symbolizing the Salvi company.

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Read more: A Journey to the Salvi Harp Headquarters — Piasco

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