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Added on 04 Mar 2014,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 15 Sep 2016



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Type of sights

Heritage building(s)


Name and address


IT-29121 Piacenza


Geodetic coordinates

45.052659 9.693684


65 m


Piacenza, Facciata del medievale Palazzo del Comune
Piacenza, Facciata del medievale Palazzo del Comune
Il Duomo di Piacenza
Il Duomo di Piacenza
Piacenza, Piazza dei cavalli
Piacenza, Piazza dei cavalli

Main sights

Piacenza boasts a great number of historical palaces, often characterized by splendid gardens.

  • Palazzo Comunale, also known as il Gotico, was built in 1281 as the seat of the government of the town. It is one of the best preserved examples of the kind of Medieval civic building in northern Italy known as the Broletto Wikipedia Icon, and is typical of nearby Lombardy. Of the original design, only the northern side was completed, with its typical Guelph merlons, the arcaded frame, the central bell tower with two lesser ones at the sides. The façade, with five arcades, is in pink marble in the lower part and in brickwork (decorated with geometrical figures) in the upper part. A rose window overlooks the short side, which has three arcades. The main hall has frescoes, and is used for meetings, lectures and conferences.
  • Palazzo Farnese Wikipedia Icon, begun in 1568 by Ottavio Farnese and his wife,Margaret of Austria. The initial project was devised by Francesco Paciotto, from Urbino, and works were entrusted to Giovanni Bernardo Della Valle, Giovanni Lavezzari and Bernardo Panizzari (Caramosino). The design was modified in 1568 byJacopo Barozzi, better known as Vignola.
  • Palazzo Landi, built in the Middle Ages but renovated in the late 15th century.
  • Palazzo Costa.
  • Palazzo Somaglia.
  • Palazzo Scotti, housing the Museum of Natural History.
  • Palazzo dei Mercanti (17th century), the current Town Hall.
Other places of interest
  • Piazza Cavalli is the main square of the town. It is named ("Cavalli" means "horses") for the two bronze equestrian monuments of Alessandro Farnese (Duke of Parma and Piacenza from 1586, nephew and valiant general of Philip II of Spain) and his sonRanuccio, who succeeded him to the dukedom. The statues are masterpieces of Francesco Mochi, a Mannerist sculptor.
  • The Duomo di Piacenza Wikipedia Icon is the Catholic cathedral of thediocese of Piacenza-Bobbio. It was built from 1122 to 1233 and is one of the most valuable examples of a Romanesque cathedral in northern Italy. The façade, in Veronese pink marble and gilted stone, is horizontally parted by a gallery that dominates the three gates, decorated with capitals and Romanic statues. The interior has a nave and two aisles, divided by 25 large pillars. It has noteworthy frescoes, made in the 14th-16th centuries by Camillo Procaccini and Ludovico Carracci, while those of the dome are by Morazzone and Guercino. The presbytery as a wooden sculpture from 1479, a wooden choir by Giangiacomo da Genova (1471) and statues of Lombard school from the 15th century. The crypt, on the Greek cross plan, has 108 Romanesque small columns and is home to the relics of Saint Justine, to which the first cathedral (crumbled down in 1117 after an earthquake) was dedicated.
  • The church of St. Francis, in Piazza Cavalli, is a 12th-century Romanesque/Gothic edifice which, thanks to its central position, assumed the role of civic Sanctuary in the Middle Ages. Part of the ancient cloisters remains. The main gate is enriched by a big lunette of the 15th century representing the Ecstasy of St. Francis. The interior, with nave and two aisles divided by low and strong brick pillars that support high gothic arches, has a Latin Cross scheme. The nave, higher than the aisles, has a pentahedric apse in which the aisle apses meet; decorations include 15th-16th centuries frescoes. In the church was proclaimed the annexion of Piacenza to the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1848.
  • The basilica of Sant'Antonino is an example of Romanesque architecture, characterized by a large octagonal tower. It was commissioned by St. Victor, first bishop of the city, in 350 CE, and completed in 375. It contains the relics of the eponymous saint, martyred near Travo, in the Val Trebbia. In 1183 the delegates of Frederick Barbarossa and of the Lombard League met here for the preliminaries of peace of Constance. The church was renovated after damage created by the barbarian invasion, and has a 15th-century cloister. In the interior, the main artworks are the frescoes byCamillo Gervasetti (1622).
  • The basilica of San Savino, dedicated to St. Victor's successor, was begun in 903 but consecrated only in 1107. The façade and the portico are from the 17th-18th centuries. The presbytery and the crypts contain 12th century polychrome mosaics. The interior is in Lombard-Gothic style, with anthropomorphic capitals of the columns. Over the high altar is a 12th-century wooden crucifix by an unknown artist.
  • San Giovanni in Canale was founded by the Dominicans in 1220, and enlarged in the mid-16th century.
  • Santa Maria in Campagna, a Renaissance church, faces Piazzale delle Crociate ("Crusades Square"), so called because Pope Urban II summoned the First Crusade here in 1095. The church was built in 1522–1528 to house a miraculous wooden sculpture of the Madonna. The interior was originally on the Greek cross plan, but was later turned into a Latin cross one. Il Pordenone finished fine frescoes in the dome and in two chapels on the left side.
  • St. Sixtus is a Renaissance church with a choir designed by Gio Pietro Pambianco da Colorno e di Bartolomeo da Busseto (1512-1514). It was begun in the 15th century over a temple built in 874 by Empress Angilberga. Also by Tramello is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In 1513, the monks of St. Sixtus commissioned Raphael to produce the altarpiece known as the Sistine Madonna. They sold it in 1754 to Augustus III of Poland. 
  • The Piacenza's Archaeological Museum, part of the Civic Museums of Palazzo Farnese, houses the pre-Roman bronze Liver of Piacenza Wikipedia Icon, an Etruscan bronze model of a sheep's liver dating from the end of the 2nd century to the beginning of the 1st century BCE. It was discovered in 1877 in Ciavernasco di Settima, near Gossolengo in the Piacenza hinterland. Containing writing on its surface delineating the various parts of the liver and their significance, it was likely used as an educational tool for students studying haruspicy, or divination.
  • Palazzo Landi, built in the Middle Ages but rebuilt in the current form in the 15th century by Lombard craftsmen. It has a Renaissance marble portal. It is now seat of the local Tribunal.
  • Ricci Oddi Gallery is an art-gallery dedicated to modern Italian painters.


Inside the range of 4 km:

  •   B&B Butterflys, Via Camillo Benso Cavour 37, Piacenza, PC IV - V

    "... you can put your bicycle in the space near the door of the apartment."

  •   B&B Palazzo Malaspina, Via Borghetto, 7, Piacenza, PC V

    "... the bikes can be parked in the internal court of the building without any problems."

  •   B&B La Meridiana di Francesco Casali, Via Roma, 64, Piacenza, PC V

    "... We have a garden behind a closed gate, you can park the bike in our garden or in your room if you prefer."

  •   B&B Giò, Via Croce 10, Piacenza, PC V

    "... We have a secure lockable garage and your bikes can stay there without any problem."

  •   B&B Antica Piacenza, Via Pantalini, 7, Piacenza, PC V - VII

    "... we have a space reserved for bicycles inside the building, free of charge."

  •   B&B Il Piccolo Piacenza, Via Paolo Bozzini 2, Piacenza, PC VI

    "... We have a garage where you can store your bikes and for which only you will receive the keys, at a cost of €12.00 per night."
    Check-in at Pizzeria Grotta Azzurra, Via Giacomo Morigi 35/A-B, 240 meters northwest along Via Paolo Bozzini.

  •   B&B I Tigli Guest House, Via Edoardo Amaldi, 3, Piacenza, PC IV - VI

    "... You have the possibility of parking your bicycles, tied to an iron grate, in our unprotected but video-monitored front garden."

  •   Euro Hotel, Via Cristoforo Colombo, 29F, Piacenza, PC V - VII

    "... We do not have a secure car park, usually we put the bicycles inside the hotel in a closed room."

  •   Hotel Ovest, Via Primo Maggio, 82, Piacenza, PC IV - VI

    "... Yes, we have space for your bikes, free parking for bikes (underground car park)."

  •   Idea Hotel Piacenza, Via Emilia Pavese, 114A, Piacenza, PC III - VI

    "... We have a secure underground garage in which you can park your bikes. It's accessible only by the hotel clients and can be opened only by the reception staff."

  •   Hotel City, Via Emilia Parmense, 54, Piacenza, PC V - VI

    "... We have a lockable garage for your bikes or you can leave it in your room if you prefer."


Inside the range of 4 km:

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Added on 04 Mar 2014,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 15 Sep 2016