Located in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, Piacenza is a city and commune that lies centrally between Bologna, Milan, Brescia, and Tortona. Therefore, it is a fantastic place to stay if you are planning on spending time in these cities. However, you do not need to step beyond the perimeters of Piacenza to find activities to keep you occupied as there is a wide range of things to see and do.
- Duomo di Piacenza
This is the most significant religious building in Piacenza. It is one of the finest examples of 12th-century Romanesque architecture. The 32-meter central bell tower is one of the most prominent features of the cathedral, along with the three ornate archways and the circular rose window. The interior is equally delightful with stunning frescoes from the 14th and 16th-centuries.
- Palazzo Farnese
Of all the structures in Piacenza, this is one of the most impressive. It was originally constructed during the 14th-century and then extended in the 1500s by Emperor Charles V. It is located on the banks of the River Po and has over five floors and an impressive front façade. Inside, you will find an archaeological museum. One of the most interesting artifacts is the ‘Piacenza Liver’. This is an inscribed bronze liver.
- Palazzo Gotico
This palace is considered an icon of the city. While the lower half of the palace has a series of white stone arches and a portico, the upper half of the palace is red brick and topped with crenulations. It was designed by four architects, including Borghetoo, and is a fine example of Lombard Gothic architecture.
- Basilica of Sant’Antonino
Situated in the center of the historic part of Piacenza is the Basilica of Sant’Antonino. This Gothic-style religious structure was constructed in 1350 and features huge arches and a rose window. There is also a large hexagonal bell tower in the center of the church with rows of arched windows.
- Parco della Galleana
Parco della Galleana is on the outskirts of the city. It is a pretty setting to relax and the river down the side is a lovely walk. The wooded area offers shade from the hot sun and the park is surrounded by some stunning examples of local architecture.
- Castelli del Ducato di Parma e Piacenza
Just outside Piacenzi is Fontanellato. This is a quiet town where you will find the historically significant Castelli del Ducato di Parma e Piacenza. The castle sits perfectly within a square moat and was built in the 12th-century. It was an important defense that was attacked many times. It is worth visiting to admire the structure, to walk through the beautiful grounds and to take photographs to commemorate your visit.
- Parco Regionale Adda Sud
Parco Regionale Adda Sud lies just north of Piacenza and is the perfect destination for people who enjoy the outdoors, nature, and wildlife. Points of interest within the park include the Rock of Maccastorna, Borromeo Castle, and the Abbey of Abbadia Cerreto. It is equally good to explore on foot or by bicycle.
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