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Balestra is widespread throughout the Italian peninsula, Balestri is typical of the area that includes Tuscany, Modena, Bologna, Ravenna and Forlì, Balestrieri has a nucleus in Naples, one in Lazio and one in Parma, with secondary strains scattered like a leopard , Balestrini has a nuleo in Milanese and Lombardy north of Milan, in the Genoese and Cagliari area and in the Marche, Balestrino has a nucleus in Genoa, one in Cagliari and one in the Salerno area, Balestro. very rare, it has a stock in the Vicenza area and one in Umbria, Balistreri would seem typical of central-western Sicily, of Palermo in particular, Ballestra would seem typical of Ventimiglia (IM), with a stock also in the Verona area, Ballestreri is almost unique, Ballestrero seems to be of the area between Alexandrine and Genoese, probably originating in the area between Serravalle Scrivia and Novi Ligure, Ballestri is typically Emilian, of Vignola and Castelfranco Emilia in the Modena area and of Bologna, Ballestriero, quite rare, is typical of the Rovigoto and lower Paduan areas, Ballestro is almost unique, they should all derive from the trade or from the military qualification of operator to the crossbow. Traces of this surname can be found in a document dated 1434 in Bormio with a certain Giacomino Balestrus and in 1500 in Milan with the architect and hydraulic engineer Giovanni Balestrieri or Balestrini (both references exist), in 1534 he was podestà of Bergamo Nicola Balestro, in Piacenza in the early 1600s with Maria Caterina Balestrieri, an ancestor of Giuseppe Verdi, in Valtellina in the 1700s with Lodovico Balestra was Mariano, living in Fusine (SO), treasurer of the venerable Scuola del Santissimo Sacramento.