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Sightseeing in Piacenza - what to see. Complete travel guide

Piacenza is one of the oldest cities in Italy, which is rich in symbolic places. It attracts tourists by large choice of excursion routes.

Start your acquaintance with the history of the city from visiting Municipal Museum built in the 16th century. It hosts several collections of paintings and sculptures. The most valuable item of the collection is a picture of Botticelli, which is called "The Virgin and Child with John the Baptist". In the center of the city you will find one of its main landmarks - Cathedral of San Antonio. It was built in the 12th century and became the chief decoration of the city. The main entrance of the cathedral is decorated with magnificent bas-reliefs, but the internal decoration is quite grim and gloomy. Here you will see heavy arches, the rooms wrapped in darkness, and the figures of priests frozen in the niches. Art connoisseurs may determine the style of the cathedral as a unique combination of Gothic and Romanesque architecture.
The central part of the city is occupied by Piazza-dei-Cavalli Squarre, where you can see several monuments from the Middle Ages and the main architectural masterpiece - Palazzo Gotico. Piacenza is sometimes called the city of a hundred churches. If you go to the observation area and look at the panorama of the city, you will really see dozens of church towers that stand proudly among other buildings. Palazzo Farneze castle requires particular attention. Nowadays a museum has been opened in the walls of this palace. It provides visitors with information concerning the fate of the castle's owners, the Dukes of Farnese, who have played a significant role in the fate of the city. After visiting numerous attractions and places it is time to go to one of the local restaurants and taste best culinary masterpieces of Italian cooks. La Casa di Campagna is considered the most beautiful dining facility of the city. This restaurant literally dives in lush green trees and flower beds.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Piacenza
♥   Castle 'Calendasco Castle' Calendasco, 9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Paderna Castle' Pontenure, 12.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Grazzano Visconti Castle' Vigolzone, 12.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castelbosco' Gragnano Trebbiense, 13 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Rivalta Castle' Gazzola, 13.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Piacenza
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dell’Appennino Tosco-Emiliano' , 87.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale delle Cinque Terre' , 102.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   World Heritage Site 'Monte San Giorgio' , 112.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale della Val Grande' , 148.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Piacenza and around
♥   Art museum 'Galleria d Arte Moderna "Ricci Oddi"' Piacenza, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Civic Museums of Palazzo Farnese' Piacenza, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Piacenza from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

From the series “Top 15 UNESCO sites In Europe”
Over the past decades, the main church in Milan has remained a popular tourist attraction. The queue of those wishing to see the legendary frescoes doesn’t vanish, so it’s recommended to sign up for a tour several days in advance. Anyone who wishes to see the legendary fresco by Leonardo da Vinci, will have to undergo a special procedure. An outerwear has to be cleaned from the dirt using a dedicated gadget. Only after that, you can take a look at the amazing work of art. However, visitors can not admire it for more than 15 minutes. … Read further

Duomo di Milano

From the series “15 unofficial man-made wonders of the world”
The cathedral is so great that it can accommodate up to 40 000 people. About 3 400 beautiful statues decorate a hall. The main symbol and the gem is the golden statue of Madonna, the patron saint of Milan. Paintings on walls and a ceiling of the cathedral require special attention. Some of them were created by the outstanding artist, Simone da Orsenigo. The roof of the cathedral has the great viewing platform that offers a spectacular view of the historic streets of Milan. … Read further
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