Explorer, born in the S.Lazzaro District of Parma in
1860 and died at Daga Roba in Ethiopia in 1897.
Artillery officer and skillful horserider, dreaming of
becoming a hero, arranged to be transferred in
Eritrea in 1887. He explored the Dancalia as far as
Assab (1891), he proposed to set-out
to penetrate into the region of Giuba.
Matteo Grixoni he left Berbera in 1892, reached the
"Canale Doria", that is the upper flow of the Giuba
and went up along the river as far as its source
(March 1893). Once Grixoni had left the party,
Bottego reached Daua Parma, discovered the
Barattieri waterfalls and "Dal Verme sul Giuba"
and finally reached Brava (September 1893). The
summary of his journey which cost 35 lives,
appears in the book "Giuba explored" (1895).
He returned to Italy and in October 1895 he left again
for another expedition to Brava with 250 colonial
troops and 4 Europeans (under the consent of the
Italian Geographical Society);
he tried to resolve the problem of the Omo River.
Having reached Lake Pagadè (called Queen
Margaret) he came across the Omo River and
followed it as far as Lake Rodolfo (September
1896). He then attempted to cross Ethiopia but he
was invited by the messengers of Menelik to put
down his arms; he preferred to fight and was killed
on the hill of Daga Roba a town of Galla, on 17
Parma remembers he explorer with a
beautiful monument by Ettore Ximenes in front of
the railway station (inaugurated on 26 September
1907) and with a plaque on the outside of a house
numbered 29 in Via Repubblica.